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Applying to the University of Kansas

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English proficiency requirements

Non-native English speakers are required to meet certain levels of English proficiency to gain admission to KU graduate programs. Common ways to demonstrate proficiency include previous degrees and test scores.
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KU’s graduate admissions process

Minimum admission requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for admission to any graduate program at KU:

  • Proof of a bachelor's degree (and any post-bachelor’s coursework or degrees) from a regionally accredited institution, or a foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor's degree requirements
  • A grade-point average of 3.0 or higher (applicants with a lower GPA will be considered for admission on a provisional basis)
  • Proof of English proficiency

Program-specific admission requirements

Each graduate program at KU determines what additional materials or criteria are required for admission. These may include:

  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Writing samples
  • A personal statement
  • Exam test scores

Application requirements

All applications must include:

  • A fee, which will vary depending on your student status. See our student statuses information below for more fee rates.
  • A scanned copy of proof of residency, if you are a permanent resident of the U.S.

Applications must also include official transcripts from each college attended.

For processing purposes, you may attach scanned versions of official transcripts to your application. If you are admitted to a program and accept the admissions offer, you will be required to submit an official, final transcript that shows that your degree has been conferred. Transcripts must be submitted to Graduate Admissions in one of three ways:

  • Via mail
    Transcripts must be sent directly from your institution, in a sealed envelope, to:
    Graduate Admissions
    University of Kansas
    KU Visitor Center
    1502 Iowa St.
    Lawrence, KS 66045
  • Electronically
    If your institution offers a secure electronic transcript delivery service, you may have transcripts sent to processing@ku.edu.
  • Via Certifile
    Transcripts may also be certified through our application provider, using a service called Certifile. Log in to your KU application portal and submit a Certifile verification request. Once the process is complete, Graduate Admissions will receive the documentation automatically. Note: Certifile charges a one-time $125 fee to create an account.

For more guidance on transcripts from non-U.S. institutions, see our International applicants page.

References and recommendations
Programs may require you to provide references and letters of recommendation as part of your application. If so, you’ll be prompted to provide names and contact information for each reference. After you’ve submitted your application, your references will receive instructions on how to complete their recommendation. (Recommendations may also be submitted prior to application, if you so choose.) If you are not prompted to provide references on your application, that could mean your program doesn’t accept online recommendation submissions or doesn’t require them.  

If a reference is unable to complete the online recommendation form, fill out the top portion of this form and send it to your reference. Once completed, email the form and letter to graduateadm@ku.edu.

Check your application status

We’ll email you after we receive your completed application. You can check your admission status at any time.

Students with specific statuses

International graduate applicants must meet specific criteria and provide additional materials to be considered for admission. Learn more about what you’ll need to apply to a graduate program.

Application fee: $30

If a student does not intend to work for an advanced degree, they are considered a non-degree-seeking student. Non-degree-seeking students may apply within a specific department, a program, a professional school, or the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. If a non-degree-seeking student later applies and is accepted as a degree-seeking student, the total credits transferred may not exceed nine hours.



To gain admission to a graduate program, non-degree-seeking applicants must

  • Meet the English proficiency requirements for provisional admission
  • Provide evidence of a completed bachelor's degree, conferred by a regionally-accredited university or a foreign university with substantially equivalent degree requirements. A bachelor's degree may not be accepted if it was not evaluated in units that identify the academic content (e.g., if the work was graded on a P/F or S/U basis).

Application Fee: $30

The University of Kansas offers a variety of certificate programs for both current graduate students and nonKU students; however, some certificate programs require enrollment in a degree-seeking program.  Current KU degree-seeking students should contact their department about the application process. NonKU students will need to apply for admission.

The Permit to Re-enroll is only intended for individuals who have enrolled in their graduate program in the past year. The permit to re-enroll form is not available to a student who: 

  • was dismissed from a program at KU
  • was voluntarily discontinued (formally withdrew) from a graduate program
  • completed the graduate degree program
  • most recently enrolled as a non-degree-seeking graduate student

Students will not be considered for readmission if they are currently on a leave of absence, if they have not been enrolled in the past year, or have earned a degree from the graduate degree program.

Before completing the form, students should verify with their graduate program that they are eligible to re-enroll. 

Dismissed students and those who withdrew from their program must submit a full application.