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How to Apply

Note: to qualify for admission to this program, a least two years of full-time work experience is required at the time of application. This work experience must have been performed at a laboratory in the United States.

This page is a guide to the application process. Please carefully read the requirements and proceed to the online application link down the page.

Applications should be submitted, fully complete, by February 1 for priority consideration. Review of applications may continue beyond February 1 until all the available seats have been filled for the next class.

Students begin the program in the fall semester only. Applications to the program will be considered in accordance with the admission requirements of the KU School of Health Professions and the KU Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Before starting the online application

It will be helpful to have the following information ready before starting the online application.

Entrance examination

  • Request an official copy of a Graduate Record Examination or Medical College Admission Test score be sent directly to KU Medical Center. Use institution code 6895.
  • If neither exam has been taken, schedule one of them as soon as possible.
  • Applicants may self-report scores; however, official score results sent directly from ETS must be received by the department before an admission decision can be made.

English language proficiency

  • All applicants whose native language is not English must provide scores from either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been sent to KU by the testing service using ETS institutional code 6895. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted. Please review the information for international students before applying.
  • If an applicant earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited United States institution, TOFEL or IELTS scores may be waived.
  • Applicants may self-report scores; however, official score results sent directly from ETS must be received by the department before an admission decision can be made.


  • 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 the reference online.
  • A reference should be a pathologist, laboratory manager, supervisor, college professor or another person familiar with the applicant's professional performance, academic abilities, and character. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc.
  • Make sure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her that they will be receiving an email from “KU Medical Center <>” requesting them to submit a reference for you online.

Personal statement

The personal statement should be a well-written, grammatically correct essay that addresses the following points:

  • Provide a brief description of personal and educational experiences that led to pursuing a career in clinical laboratory sciences.
  • Explain the motivation for pursuing the doctorate degree. Describe expectations for contributing to improving patient care through research, practice and education.
  • Describe character attributes, leadership roles (both professional and personal), and life experiences (both professional and personal) that suggest success as a student and future practitioner.
  • Discuss the value and potential contributions of the professional possessing the clinical doctorage degree to the profession of clinical laboratory science and the impact this degree could have on health care.

The document may also be uploaded into the application as a Word document or a PDF file.

Curriculum vitae

  • Prepare, copy, and paste into the application a comprehensive and updated curriculum vitae. Include a history of employment and experience beginning with present position. Include any publications, research activity, or honors or awards received.

The document may also be uploaded into the application as a Word document or a PDF.


  • Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university attended sent directly to KU Medical Center. If the institution provides electronic transcripts, please have them sent to
    Note: please DO NOT use the student clearinghouse option for the University of Kansas. The specific email address here must be used.

  • Hardcopy transcripts can be mailed to the following address: KU Dept. of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Attn: DCLS Admissions, MS4048 / 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.

Note: KU students do not need to send official transcripts for course work completed or in progress at KU, but KU students will need to send official transcripts from any other school(s) attended even if they appear on the KU transcript.

International applicants: foreign education credential evaluation

Applicants having earned a degree from a non-US accredited institution must also submit the following:

  • Official transcripts sent from the non-US institution directly to the KU Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
  • World Education Services (WES) evaluation of transcripts with course-by-course evaluation sent directly to the department using institution code 6895.
  • TOEFL exam taken within the past two-years. Not required if a bachelor's degree of higher was earned in the United States. Scores must be submitted directly to the department using institution code 6895.

Online Application

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,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Mar 13, 2020