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Seniors and Graduate Study (Co-Enrollment)


To define how undergraduate seniors with very strong academic records may co-enroll as graduate students at KU.

Applies to: 

Undergraduate Students

Policy Statement: 

Undergraduate seniors with very strong academic records may be eligible to co-enroll as graduate students at KU during the final semester of their baccalaureate programs. In order to be eligible, students must be completing a baccalaureate program at KU or at a college or university with an established co-enrollment partnership. 

Additional eligibility criteria are as follows.

  • Enrollment as a college senior who will complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree during the semester of co-enrollment;
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Application and admission as a degree- or certificate-seeking graduate student at KU; and
  • Permission of the graduate division of the school or College offering the student's graduate coursework.
    • Seniors requesting the privilege of co-enrollment must make a formal request through the graduate affairs office of the appropriate school or College.

In order to earn graduate credit through co-enrollment, the student must earn undergraduate credit at their home undergraduate institution for at least one (1) class during the co-enrollment semester. For KU undergraduates, online and on-ground credit-bearing courses on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses may be used to satisfy this requirement.


If the baccalaureate degree is not completed by the end of the co-enrollment semester, the student will not be permitted to enroll in courses for graduate credit until the baccalaureate degree has been conferred. After one (1) semester, students are not eligible for further co-enrollment and their graduate admission will be retracted.

Approval Procedure

The Vice Provost for Graduate Studies will review proposals for co-enrollment partnerships and present them to the Executive Council of Graduate Faculty on the consent agenda, facilitating discussion at the Council's discretion.

In special circumstances, when a student is well-qualified to enter the graduate program in the senior year of baccalaureate study, departments may petition the Office of Graduate Studies for special permission to co-enroll for multiple semesters. Upon receipt of a petition endorsed by the school or College, the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies will review it with the Executive Council of Graduate Faculty and make final determination.

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

Co-enrolled students are not eligible for appointment as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs), or Graduate Assistants (GAs). 


Graduate Studies

Approved by: 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Approved on: 
Friday, June 19, 2009
Effective on: 
Friday, June 19, 2009
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)

This policy reflects the practices and procedures that have been in place at the University of Kansas for a number of years.

Graduate, Senior, Co-Enrollment, Coenrollment
Change History: 

07/27/2023: Removed retired links.
07/12/2021: Provost approved revisions -- add co-enrollment for external students
06/12/2012: Policy Update

Academic Categories: 
Graduation & Degrees

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