How to Apply

Interested students, faculty, military and civilians are encouraged to apply to programs run under the auspices of the Office of Professional Military Graduate Education.

Here's how to apply for admission as a graduate student at KU:

  • Visit your prospective department's graduate degree program. The departments provide information on curriculum, faculty members, contacts and the specific requirements of individual degree programs. Nearly all programs require:

    • Three letters of recommendation from persons other than your primary advisor and one letter from that advisor
    • Copies of all of your post secondary-level transcripts
    • An essay that describes your career goals, research interests, and past experiences (typically two-page limit, single spaced)
  • Determine your applicant status. Are you degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking, new applicant or former student seeking readmission, domestic or international? If you are not sure, please consult the applicant definitions page.
  • Know KU's institution code. When you submit GRE and TOEFL scores, use KU's code: 6871.
  • Apply


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