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Please note that all applicants for graduate study at The University of Vermont are required to submit their applications online. Paper applications are no longer accepted except in extenuating circumstances. Please contact the Graduate College — prior to submitting a paper application — at the address below in such situations. This change has been made to allow for more timely processing of applications and to better serve our applicants.

Application Requirements

The Application, Statement of Purpose, Resident Status Questionnaire and the non-refundable Application Fee ($65.00), are submitted online.

The following materials should be submitted with your online application:

  • Contact information for all three people who will provide letters of recommendation (information is submitted in the application)
  • One official transcript from each institution you have attended, including the one you currently attend (please email to graduate.admissions@uvm.edu)
  • Writing Sample (where required)
  • Test Scores (where required)

Policy Regarding Support Materials: Please note that all materials received in support of an application, except international documents considered irreplaceable, become the property of the Graduate College and cannot be returned, copied, or transferred.

Please be sure to check the deadlines for application and financial aid for your program.


To be eligible for admission to any program, applicants must hold a U.S. baccalaureate degree or an equivalent international degree earned prior to the date of first graduate enrollment at The University of Vermont. If the degree is from an unaccredited institution, students must submit both general and advanced subject GRE scores. Individual degree programs may have additional requirements as described in Programs and Degrees. A number of departments and programs provide opportunities for selected UVM undergraduates to participate in Accelerated Master's Programs (AMPs). For more information see Enrollment Policies and Procedures.

Applicants are expected to be fluent in English; instruction at The University of Vermont is conducted in English. There is no intensive English as a Second Language program at the University, although limited instruction is available to enhance speaking fluency in English.

Letters of Recommendation

UVM's Graduate College requires three letters of recommendation to be submitted online. In very rare circumstances, there is a need for the recommender to use our paper-based letter of recommendation form. The form can be found PDF icon here (PDF).

Submitting your letters of recommendation online:
On the application form where you list your recommenders (name, address, email, etc.), you simply check "Yes, online recommendation." Then, when you submit your application, an email is generated automatically to each of your recommenders. This email explains to your recommenders that you are applying to the University of Vermont Graduate College and includes a link to the recommendation form your recommenders need to fill out.

Statement of Purpose

In your Statement of Purpose, please outline your reasons for wishing to undertake graduate study, and comment on your plans for a professional career. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of your preparation for graduate study in your proposed field. If you are presently in a graduate program, please explain why you wish to apply to a new program. If there are gaps in your academic career, please address them.


Transcripts must be obtained from each of the post-secondary educational institutions you have attended and, if necessary, a notarized English translation of the transcripts. At this time we accept electronic transcripts from the following services:

  • Direct from your institutions registrar's office
  • eScripts
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Parchment Exchange
  • A NACES or AICE approved third-party credential evaluation service which requires official transcripts for evaluation (for international students)

Electronic transcripts can be sent to: Graduate.admissions@uvm.edu.

Paper transcripts can be sent to:

The Graduate College Admissions Office
The University of Vermont
330 Waterman Building
Burlington, Vermont 05405-0160

*Note: your application will be considered with unofficial documents, however in order to enroll, official transcripts (outlined above) must be received.

Writing Sample

Writing samples (term papers or essays) are required in some programs — see the "Requirements" column in Programs and Degrees. Your writing samples will be returned if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Application Fee Waiver Requests

Test Scores for GRE and GMAT

The ETS Institution Code for test scores for UVM is: 3920

If test scores are required by your program, you must request test score reports from the testing agency (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL). Scores must be within the last 5 years. Official score reports are sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office on your request only. It can take up to six weeks from time of order to time of receipt. Please check the requirements on Programs and Degrees to see if your department or program requires GRE subject scores in addition to the general scores.

Questions about the GRE examination may be directed to:

Graduate Record Examination
Educational Testing Service
Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
Telephone, 609-771-7670

For the GMAT examination:

Graduate Management Admissions Test, ETS
Box 6103, Princeton, NJ 08541-6103
Telephone, 609-771-7330

Test Scores for English Proficiency Examination

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency. For further information about the English Proficiency Requirement, please visit our international admissions page.



Contact us with questions concerning your application or our graduate programs:

Email: graduate.admissions@uvm.edu
Phone: 802-656-2699
Fax: 802-656-0519.


The Graduate College Admissions Office
The University of Vermont
330 Waterman Building
Burlington, Vermont 05405-0160