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Doctor of Philosophy in Film and Media Studies

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Graduate Admission

Graduate Admission Criteria

M.A. Degree

To be admitted, a student ordinarily is expected to have a Graduate Record Examination score of at least 600 (verbal), 500 (quantitative), and 4.5 (analytical writing).

Ph.D. Degree

To be admitted, a student ordinarily is expected to have a Graduate Record Examination score of at least 600 (verbal), 500 (quantitative), and 4.5 (analytical writing). Applicants also must have a grade-point average of at least 3.2 for undergraduate and at least 3.5 for graduate work, and a master's degree acceptable to the graduate faculty. Deficiencies in a student's background may require make-up work.

How to Apply (Graduate Level)


To apply for admission in the fall term, please submit all application materials for admission no later than

  • January 1 to be considered for funding
  • February 15 to be considered without funding

The department does not admit new students in the spring or summer terms.

Online Submission of Application and Fee

Submit your application fee and graduate application online.

Application Materials

Graduate Record Examination scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. For routing, the institution code is 6871; the department code is 4505. Check with your GRE Examination Center to be certain your scores will arrive at KU by the application deadline.

The items listed below should be submitted online with the application and/or mailed to this address:

The University of Kansas
Department of Film and Media Studies
Attn: Graduate Secretary
Oldfather Studios
1621 W. 9th St.
Lawrence, KS 66044-2488

  • An official transcript, sent directly to KU, from every previous college or university attended (copies issued to students are not accepted).
  • 3 recent letters of recommendation, 2 of which should be from your current or former teachers. Each letter of recommendation must be accompanied by Graduate Letter of Recommendation Form. Completed letters with accompanying forms may be sent directly to the department by your recommenders, uploaded with your application, or included (in sealed envelopes) with the rest of the materials you send us.
  • A current résumé of academic and artistic experiences.
  • A statement of personal goals that explains why you want to pursue graduate study.
  • A writing sample (no more than 15 pages) that demonstrates your ability to theorize, analyze, and synthesize scholarly information. (Please do not send theses, DVDs, CDs, or videotapes.)
  • International students must provide TOEFL scores and the international I-20 Request Form.

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