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How to Apply

KU uses CollegeNet for processing online applications. The application fee is $65 ($85 for international students). It will be helpful to have the following information ready before starting the online application:

  1. Personal statement questionnaire: Applicants will be prompted to answer the following questions on the application concerning career goals and interests:

    • Why did you choose the University of Kansas to pursue your doctoral degree?
    • What are your professional plans after graduate school?
    • What are your research interests and goals? Why?
    • List the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work.
    • Anything else you would like to add to strengthen your application?
  2. Writing sample requirement/language: Provide an academic paper for a previous course/program, or for publication, that incorporates existing research and/or original findings on an inquiry. This writing sample should be an excerpt of no more than 15 pages (double-spaced, PDF document) and will be uploaded as part of the online application.. 

  3. Curriculum vitae or résumé: Provide a PDF document, of at least two pages in length, of work and academic history including professional leadership contributions as well as volunteer activities.

  4. English language proficiency: All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment. Results must be provided directly to KU by the testing service using ETS school code 6871. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted. More info on English language requirements

  5. References: A reference provides a professional recommendation on your behalf. It is preferred that college instructors provide these recommendations, but past supervisors during employment or volunteer positions are also acceptable. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc.

    Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals into the online application. The system will then prompt each person to submit a reference letter and the Graduate Letter of Recommendation Form PDF document. Note: the recommendation request may be submitted without the online application being submitted.

    Make sure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her that they will be receiving an email from help@applyweb.com requesting them to submit a reference for you online.

  6. Transcripts: Please provide a copy of an official transcript including the school's seal from every institution from which a degree has been received. In addition, ALL prerequisite courses, even if acquired apart from the degree, must be documented on official transcripts. It is appropriate for copies of transcripts to have "copy" watermarks, so do not be alarmed. Note: printing a page from a website does not meet this requirement. We do not accept student advising reports or any transcript with the words "unofficial transcript" in the header. Request an official transcript from your registrar's office, take a photo, and upload directly into your application. KU students may send a copy of their transcript directly to ipcd@ku.edu. All transcripts must be uploaded by the student with their online application for the application to be considered complete. Transcripts provided to KU in any other way may not be considered part of the application.


Optional: Graduate Record Examination

An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is optional. If an applicant would like to submit their GRE scores, official results must be sent directly to the KU office by the examination service.

Recommended scores for the sections of the GRE are 300 combined total for Verbal and Quantitative, and 3.5 and above for Analytical Writing. For GRE information, visit www.gre.org.

Contact ipcd@ku.edu or 913-588-5935 with any questions.


Additional Information

The admissions committee reviews applications for admission and makes recommendations to the Office of Graduate Studies for final processing. Evaluation is based principally on academic, research and clinical achievement and potential, including evidence from extracurricular activities. Please note the admissions committee may contact applicants for a potential interview after the priority application deadline if being considered for the program.

Applicants are notified of application status by April 1 for fall program start.

Accepted students deciding to enter the program will request an official transcript during orientation to provide documentation of successful completion of an undergraduate degree.

International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. The evaluation must include course-by-course evaluation, grade evaluation, and indicate the degree earned in U.S. terms (bachelors, masters, doctorate, etc). An official copy of the evaluation is required.

Statement in determination of residency
Address questions regarding residency to Student Services, 3001 Student Center, 913-588-6590.


Online Application and Fee

Note: Partial or incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

Using the link above, please submit your completed application and pay the application fee. The application fee is paid when you click SUMBIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by electronic check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Sep 24, 2019

Application deadline:
December 10
Although applications may be submitted at any time, December 10 is the deadline for priority status as it aligns with funding and scholarship availability.

Students may enter this program in fall or spring semester.

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