1. Find A Program
2. Know the admission requirements for your program
Each graduate program at KU determines the materials needed for making admission decisions. Information about required supporting documents is available on page 4 on the application or on the application instructions listed on a program's website (use the Program Finder to find a graduate program's website).
Regular admission requires a bachelor's degree and a grade-point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from KU, regionally accredited institution, or foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor's degree requirements. The bachelor's degree is not acceptable if it contains credit awarded for work experience that was not directly supervised by faculty members of an accredited university or not evaluated in units that identify the academic content.
3. Fill out the online application
KU does not accept paper applications for admissions.
The online application is designed to give you the ability to submit all supporting documents in one form.
Most graduate programs at KU require letters of recommendation. Most programs have incorporated online letters of recommendation as part of their application. You will be asked on page 5 of the application for the names and e-mail addresses of your references. Once you submit the request, e-mails will be sent to your recommenders giving them instructions on how to complete their recommendation. If you are not prompted for information about your recommenders on page 5 of the application, this means the program you are applying to does not accept letters of recommendation online. If you have any questions about your program's requirements, please contact the program directly. You may download the recommendation form if your recommenders are unable to complete the form online.
You may attach a scanned version of your official transcript from your undergraduate institution, as well as a scanned version of official transcripts from any post-baccalaureate institutions. Please note: A printout from a student portal is NOT considered to be an official copy of your transcript. If you are admitted you will be required to submit a final official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification by your second semester enrollment. In order for transcripts to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the institution. KU does not consider transcripts that come from applicants or that have been in the applicant's possession as official. Transcripts that are in a language other than English must be accompanied with English translations. For more information on transcripts, click on the Transcripts tab above.
If your school offers electronic transcripts, you may request that the paperless version be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. In the application, upload a receipt verifying you had the transcript sent to either Graduate Admissions or the academic program; the receipt should list the processing date and mailing address. Transcripts will be considered official if they are sent directly by the degree granting institution.
All international students and those who are indicate that English is not their first language are required to check-in at the Applied English Center (AEC) upon arrival on campus. At that time, the AEC will confirm the student's level of English proficiency and determine if additional English courses are required.
4. Submit the application and pay the application fee
5. Check your application status
Initial review and admission recommendation are completed by the program to which you applied. Additional information about the application process is available here.
6. Access your decision
Once a decision has been made on your application, you will receive an e-mail to check your electronic decision letter. This is the official notification of a decision. Your decision letter can be found on your Check Application Status page.
If you are admitted to a program, and accept the offer, you will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification by your second semester of enrollment. In order for transcripts to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the institution. KU does not consider transcripts that come from applicants or that have been in the applicant's possession as official. You may be admitted with the transcript you uploaded to the application; however, Graduate Admissions must receive your official transcript - sent directly from your institution - before you will be permitted to enroll for your second semester of courses.
The official final transcript must show that a degree was conferred.
The official transcript must be in a sealed envelope issued from the institution or sent electronically from the institution. There are no exceptions. The transcript hold will not be removed until the transcript is received in a sealed envelope.
Transcripts that are in a language other than English must be accompanied with English translations. Applicants from China or India must also provide a copy of their diploma and/or certificate.