Apply to Sixth-Year Program


The program leading to the Sixth-Year Diploma in Professional Education provides advanced graduate students an opportunity to pursue a course of study beyond the Master’s degree under the guidance of a member of the faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The program is structured to continue the academic preparation of experienced and qualified educational leaders, supervisors, and master teachers in their areas of specialization.


Students who have earned a Master’s degree at a college or university of approved standing are eligible to apply to the Sixth-Year Diploma program.  Prospective students must meet the admission criteria of both the Graduate School and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Consideration for admission requires the following:

  1. Complete the online application to the Graduate School
  2. Upload the following materials electronically into the online application:
    • Transcripts of all collegiate work completed to date, graduate and undergraduate
    • 3 Reference Letters
    • Personal Goal Statement
    • Residence Affidavit
    • TOEFL (for international applicants whose native language is not English)
    • Resume/Vita
    • Evidence of K-12 or Other Relevant Teaching Experience

Taken together, the documents in your application should provide a compelling argument for why you are applying to the program. Seek excellence in the documents you submit. Provide explanations for your application materials. Help the Admissions Committee understand: Why do you want the Masters? Why do you want to earn the degree at UConn? What are you curious about? To the committee, the documents in your application should present a complete picture of who you are and what are your scholarly goals.

Application Deadlines

October 15th — Spring admission

January 15th — Fall admission