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Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies at the University of Kansas is the administrative unit responsible for graduate education for the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses.

The Office of Graduate Studies on the Lawrence campus is responsible for graduate education on the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses.

The Office of Graduate Studies on the KU Medical Center campus (a unit of the Office of Academic Affairs) is responsible for graduate programs in the Schools of Allied Health, Medicine, and Nursing.

Graduate degrees are conferred by the professional schools and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the exception of the Health Informatics master’s degree, which is conferred by the KUMC Office of Graduate Studies upon recommendation by the Health Informatics Advisory Council. Appointments to the Graduate Faculty are authorized by the schools and the College and by the individual academic units on the Medical Center campus and administered by the appropriate Graduate Studies office.

KU offers the Master of Arts degree in 49 fields, the Master of Science in 35, specific professional master’s degrees in 15 programs, the professional degree of Specialist in Education, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 64 fields, as well as professional doctorates of Audiology, Education, Engineering, Musical Arts, Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. KU currently enrolls more than 6,000 graduate students.

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Goals of Graduate Study

Independent scholarship, competence in research or other creative work, and the cultivation of teaching commitment and skill are the traditional goals of graduate study. Having acquired a broad education as an undergraduate, the student is expected to master a special field, to learn the methods of investigation employed therein, and to proceed toward making an original contribution to knowledge. Since many of those who earn advanced degrees find careers in higher education, the acquisition of skill in teaching and in directing research is also an essential part of graduate education.

These traditional goals gain renewed significance in changing times, while newly emerging societal interests and needs and new demands of the marketplace both underscore their importance and emphasize the necessity for flexibility in programs and accommodation in career objectives. Careers for graduates in many fields are more broadly dispersed, and the contributions of graduate study and research to society must become more widely spread and recognized in government, business and industry, and in diverse professions and arts. At the same time, entering students must realize that a change in employment patterns for graduates is under way in many fields where the major, if not the sole, employment opportunity after graduation was once to be found in a teaching career.

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Office of Professional Military Graduate Education

OPMGE assists advanced Armed Forces’ education centers such as the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at nearby Fort Leavenworth, the Naval War College, and the Air Force Academy in maintaining faculty (military and civilian) with the advanced degrees necessary to teach at the highest level and preserve the certifications required by regional accreditation agencies. This effort includes facilitating the education of military officers in the most advanced knowledge, information, research, and methodologies available in the disciplines required by the individual services—the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps—as well as major commands such as the Defense Intelligence Agency and Special Operations Command. Such outreach involves developing specialized programs tailored to the needs of military organizations and civilian agencies. The Office of Professional Military Graduate Education also seeks to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, and knowledge between KU and the armed forces and to promote faculty and student exchanges, joint conferences and seminars, and curricular development and research. By doing so, the Office of Professional Military Graduate Education enhances the capacity of KU and the nation’s military and governmental organizations to serve the nation and the world community.

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Research and graduate studies are integral parts of the university’s educational mission. The National Science Foundation classifies KU as a major university receiving substantial research support. KU is also a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University and has been a member of the Association of American Universities since 1909. The university has a long and successful record of research collaboration through independent, multidisciplinary research centers that focus on common themes. KU is home to 10 university research centers and institutes, three affiliated centers, two core service labs, the Kansas Geological Survey, and the Kansas Biological Survey. This is in addition to a number of research centers in individual departments and academic units throughout the university. For more information about research on the Lawrence campus, visit the Research page or the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. For the Medical Center campus, visit the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute page.

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Fellowships and Scholarships

Visit the Graduate Studies website for information about funding opportunities for graduate students at KU. In addition, KU Medical Center students may be eligible for Student Travel Awards.


This catalog is not itself a source of policy and does not create a contract between the University of Kansas and its students. University policy is the binding agent in the event an inconsistency is noted between the catalog and official University policy. Whenever possible the catalog provides links to the policies referenced.

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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.