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Admission to Graduate Study, Procedures


To describe the procedures for admission to graduate study at the University of Kansas.

Applies to: 

All Lawrence/Edwards Campus Graduate students and staff

Policy Statement: 

Apply for admission online at www.graduate.ku.edu. To ensure adequate time for review, the applicant should check with each individual degree program for its application deadline date. In addition to the application, Graduate Studies requires official transcripts from the baccalaureate granting institution, and any transcripts from institutions attended post-baccalaureate. Programs may request all transcripts if they prefer.

In addition, letters of recommendation and test scores may also be required. Applicants should check with the program they are applying to for more information. Please note, transcripts and test scores that have been faxed by someone other than a university staff member are not accepted as official copies.

International applicants must also provide English proficiency test scores (see English Proficiency Requirements here). The university is unable to issue immigration documents until the international applicant furnishes a financial resources statement. Degree programs may choose not to consider international applications if they are not accompanied by a financial statement.

On the KU Medical Center campus, send your application for admission, copies of official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, and other required materials directly to the KUMC department in which you wish to study.

Each applicant is notified in writing of the admission decision which clearly explains the admission classification (regular, provisional, or non-degree-seeking).

For all admission categories, enrollment in specific courses may be subject to fulfillment of departmental course prerequisites and consent of the instructor.

Admission to graduate study does not imply admission to candidacy for a higher degree. A student becomes a candidate for an advanced degree only by demonstrating through resident study at KU the requisite preparation and ability. Requirements specified for an advanced degree must be regarded as minimum requirements. Additional requirements depend on the student’s undergraduate preparation and the particular field of graduate work chosen.

After an absence of one year from KU, students must re-apply for admission to their graduate programs and to the appropriate graduate division.

Limitations on Admission

Because of limitations of space, faculty, or general resources for research and instruction, some programs must restrict the number of applicants they admit. Questions should be directed to the program to which the prospective student wishes to apply.


Office of Graduate Studies

Approved by: 
Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs
Approved on: 
Friday, June 12, 2009
Effective on: 
Friday, June 12, 2009
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Admission to graduate study, Admission procedure
Change History: 

1/6/15:  Made technical edit to Keywords section.

Added to the KU online Policy Library on 6/12/2009

Academic Categories: 
Admission to KU

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