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About the Graduate School

Graduate study at the University of Kansas prepares students to be innovators and leaders who are ready to meet the demands of academy, industry, government, and our global society. Established in X, the Graduate School at KU enrolls nearly X graduate and professional students in more than X fields of study, and awards about X doctoral and X master's degrees each year. KU offers the Master of Arts degree, the Master of Science degree, specific professional master’s degrees, the professional degree of Specialist in Education, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree, as well as professional doctorates of Audiology, Education, Engineering, Musical Arts, and Speech-Language Pathology. KU also offers graduate certificate programs. With 11 programs ranked in the top 10 among public universities, and 48 ranked among the top 50, you're sure to find a program that will prepare you as a professional in your discipline. We invite you to explore our graduate degree programs, resources, people, and community. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about our programs.


The Graduate School at the University of Kansas is committed to offering the highest quality professional and graduate programs comparable to the best obtainable anywhere in the nation. As the only AAU accredited research university in the state, KU upholds this mission by offering a broad array of advanced graduate study, faculty, academic, and research programs of international distinction. The university also offers outstanding libraries, teaching museums, and information technology that are essential for graduate level education and research.

The University of Kansas attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academics that both teach and shape their disciplines. Research and teaching as practiced at KU are mutually reinforcing, with scholarly inquiry underlying and informing the educational experience at professional and graduate levels.

KU provides service to the State of Kansas through its state and federally funded research centers. KU's academic programs, arts facilities, and public programs also provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. The University of Kanas is additionally dedicated to preparing its students for lives of learning and for the challenges educated citizens will encounter in an increasingly complex and diverse global community. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and the rest of the world. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

The University of Kansas is committed to excellence. It fosters a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity, and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.


Research is an integral part of the university’s educational mission and approach to graduate study. The National Science Foundation classifies KU as a major university receiving substantial research support. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies KU as a doctorate-granting R1 Research University with the Highest Research Activity, and KU has been a member of the Association of American Universities since 1909. The university has a long and successful record of research collaboration through independent, multidisciplinary research centers that focus on common themes. KU is home to university research centers and institutes, affiliated centers, core service labs, the Kansas Geological Survey, and the Kansas Biological Survey. In addition, a number of research centers exist in individual departments and academic units throughout the university. For more information about research on the Lawrence campus, visit the Research;page or the Office of Research.

Student Support

Departments, chairs, and program administrators provide central recouses directly to graduate students, though the Office of Graduate Studies also offers important student support. In addition to granding degrees at convocation and adminitering the policies and regulations of the university governing compliance and degree completion, the Office of Graduate Studies provides student resources, administers funding and awards, and works to promote graduate education at KU and beyond. Office of Graduate studies staff includes the Vice Provost for Gradute Studies, X, X, administrative staff, and graduate student workers. 


Graduate Studies Organization

Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

The Vice Provost's Office provides services to all graduate students and graduate programs at KU, including support for professional development, academic affairs, scholarships, fellowships, and awards.

Office of Graduate Admissions

The Office of Graduate Admissions guides applicants to information on graduate programs at KU, processes applications for admissions to graduate programs, and assists graduate programs in creating and managing new student enrollment.

Office of Graduate Military Programs

The Office of Graduate Military Programs assists military service members in obtaining advanced civilian educational degrees and acts as the liaison between KU and the United States Armed Offices.

Self Graduate Programs

Self Graduate Programs identifies, recruits, and provides funding and development opportunities for exceptional Ph.D. students in business, economics, engineering, mathematics, and biological, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and physical sciences

For more information, please visit some of our different departments within Graduate Studies

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