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Application and Admission to a Doctoral Program


To define expectations for application and admission to a doctoral program and the stages of progression through a doctoral program

Applies to: 

All prospective and admitted doctoral students on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses

Policy Statement: 

Application and Admission

A student who seeks admission to a doctoral program must apply to the graduate degree program and school offering the desired degree. Upon admission, the student is known as an aspirant for the degree and remains so designated until successful completion of the comprehensive oral examination. After passing that examination, the student is designated a candidate for the degree.


Office of Graduate Studies


Approved by: 
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Approved on: 
Friday, July 17, 2009
Effective on: 
Friday, July 17, 2009
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Doctoral Application, Doctoral Admission, Doctoral Aspirant, Doctoral Candidate, Degree Progress
Change History: 

03/09/2018: Updated missing required information

Academic Categories: 
Admission to KU

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