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Graduate Admission

Applicants seeking admission to the master’s or doctoral program should contact the department for application forms, as well as for materials beyond those described here. Applications are submitted to the university's Graduate Application Processing Center, which records and forwards them to the department. Applicants submit a completed application form and 1 official transcript of all undergraduate and any graduate course work. They may also submit copies of relevant scholarly or professional work, published or unpublished. Reports of Graduate Record Examination scores are encouraged but not required. Send all other requested application materials to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Applied Behavioral Science
Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Ave., Room 4001
Lawrence, KS 66045-7561

Applicants also must obtain letters of recommendation from 3 professionals familiar with their academic or professional records. These are submitted directly to the department by the references, not by the applicants.

Among the department’s application materials is a list of the faculty members and descriptions of their research, scholarly, and professional interests. Applicants select at least 3 faculty members whose interests match theirs. These faculty members constitute the applicant’s admissions committee; only they review the application and its supporting materials. An applicant is accepted when one of the faculty members consents to admit the student. This faculty member becomes the adviser of record and secures the signatures of 3 additional faculty members to serve on the student’s master’s or doctoral committee.

For admission with full graduate standing, the department recommends that applicants complete 12 credit hours of undergraduate or graduate course work in behavior analysis, behavioral science, psychology, education, or related fields, and 6 hours in experimental methods, research design, or statistics.

Many faculty advisers offer research and teaching assistantships. Information about graduate scholarships outside of the department is available online. Applicants should inform their prospective advisers if they apply for a scholarship.

For admission in the fall semester, the application and supporting materials should be received by December 15 of the previous year. Later applications receive consideration in the order of their receipt. Students may be admitted for the spring semester through the application procedures above, but there is no filing deadline.

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