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Application Process

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. To learn what supporting documents are required as part of the application process, contact the program to which you are interested in pursuing.

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.

Each graduate program at KU requires 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 an 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, simply upload a receipt verifying that you did send the transcript; 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, or applicants who indicate that English is not their first language, are required to provide proof of English proficiency. The following are acceptable means for verifying English proficiency for purposes of admission for non-native speakers of English and/or international students to graduate programs at KU:

Graduation with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education, or from such an institution whose medium of instruction is English. This does not apply to degrees earned online.

Receipt of official copy (not student's copy) of applicant's proficiency scores achieved not more than two years prior to the semester of first enrollment.

All international students 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.

The University of Kansas English Proficiency Score requirements can be found here.

4. Submit the application and pay the application fee

Domestic:  $55
International: $65
All School of Business: $65

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.

If you need to send your recommenders a reminder, you may do so on your Check Application Status page. For more information on references, go 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 transcript must show that your undergraduate degree has been conferred.

The official transcript must be in a sealed envelope issued from the institution. There are no exceptions. The transcript hold will not be removed until the transcript is received in a sealed envelope.

If you earned a degree in India or China, a copy of your diploma and/or certificate is also required.

For Applicants

Most graduate programs at KU require letters of recommendation for their applicants, and 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 email addresses of your references. Once you submit the application, emails will be sent to your recommenders giving them instructions about completing their recommendation

If you are not prompted for information about your recommenders on page 8 of the application, this means the program you are applying to does not accept letters of recommendation online or the program does not require letters of recommendation for admission. If you have any questions about your department’s requirements please contact them directly.

If your recommender is unable to fill out the online form, please fill out the top portion of this form and give it to your recommender. Then have them email the form and letter to gapc@ku.edu.


For Recommenders:

Here are instructions for filling out the online Letter of Recommendation:

  1. Once the applicant has submitted his/her application, you will receive an email with the subject line “Request for Reference” from the University of Kansas (email = gapc@ku.edu). For those with strict filters on their email Inbox, please check your Junk mail folder if you are unable to locate the email.

  2. The email will contain a link to the electronic form

    If you have never used the CollegeNET Letters of Recommendation system, please click “Create an Account.” Your name and email address should already be in the top fields. You will be asked to create a password. The password must be at least 8 characters long.

    If you have previously used the CollegeNET Letter of Recommendation system you will log in with your established email address and password.

  3. Once logged in look for the name of applicant under “Not Started.” See examples below:

  4. In the grey box, please note whether the applicant has or has not waived their right to view the recommendation. If you agree, press “Accept.”

  5. Once you select “Accept”, you will be taken to the online form. The applicant’s information will be listed in the top box. Please fill out the remainder of the form.

  6. After the “Rating Section” you will be asked to upload a written evaluation (letter).

  7. Click on “Browse” to find the document on your computer.

  8. Once you have selected and uploaded the document a preview of the attached document will automatically be generated. When you have verified the document click “Close” in the upper left hand corner of the preview box.

  9. Fill in the “About You” section and press “Submit.”

  10. If there is missing information when you hit “Submit” you will see the following screen:

    The fields that are missing will be highlighted. Fill in the missing fields and select “Submit these changes.”

  11. If your recommendation has been submitted correctly you will see the following:

You may either go back to the Letters of Recommendation homepage or Log Out.

You will receive an email confirmation with subject line “Thank you for completing the online recommendation” from the University of Kansas - gapc@ku.edu.

Application fee: $30

Non-degree-seeking applicants must confirm that they have completed an undergraduate degree; and, if applicable, meet English proficiency requirements for Provisional admission. They are not required to meet the other standards of Regular admission. 

Non-degree-seeking applicants do not intend to work for an advanced degree. If a non-degree student later applies for admission as a regular degree-seeking student, and is accepted by a department, the total of transfer credit may not exceed 6 hours, or 8 hours if the student holds a baccalaureate degree from KU (this total includes credit from other accredited graduate schools as well as non-degree credit earned at KU).

Non degree admission forms can be found in Apply & Track Status.

The University of Kansas offers a variety of certificate programs for both current graduate students and non-KU students, however some certificate programs require enrollment in a degree-seeking program.  Anyone interested must apply for admission to a certificate program, regardless of enrollment status. For current KU students, permission from current graduate program is required.

The following graduate certificates are available at the University of Kansas:

African Studies (African and African-American Studies)
Community Health and Development (Applied Behavioral Science)
Facility Management – Edwards campus (The School of Architecture, Design and Planning)
Entrepreneurship (School of Business)
Environmental Studies (Environmental Studies)
Sports Management & Media (School of Journalism and Mass Communications)
Brazilian Studies (Latin American Studies)
Central American & Mexican Studies (Latin American Studies)
Peace and Conflict Studies (Humanities and Western Civilization)
Transition Certificate Program for Secondary Education (Special Education)
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies)

Please contact the program directly for more information.

Application Fee: $30

The Permit to Re-enroll form 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; or
  • most recently enrolled as a non-degree-seeking graduate student.

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

To complete the permit to re-enroll application, visit KU Graduate Permit to Re-Enroll

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

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 graduated from the graduate degree program.


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