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Admission to Graduate Studies

Persons whose records indicate their ability to succeed with advanced work may be admitted for graduate study to the University of Kansas in one of the professional schools or College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants can either apply as degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking. Applicants seeking an identifiable degree program are degree-seeking, while those applicants who do not have an identified degree program should be admitted under the nondegree-seeking category. No student may work toward a graduate degree without being accepted as a degree-seeking student in a specific graduate program.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus Graduate Studies admission policies are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center admission policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

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Degree-Seeking Admission

Students who wish to work toward graduate degrees should be considered for admission under the degree-seeking category in either the regular or provisional category.

Regular Admission

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 or from another 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 (life experience) of an accredited university or not evaluated in units that identify the academic content (e.g., P/F, S/U). In exceptional cases, persons not holding bachelor’s degrees may be admitted if they are academically well prepared. In these cases, the dean of Graduate Studies reviews the student’s academic background before the student is admitted.

Regular Graduate Student, Special B

This category is available only to degree seeking graduate students applying to the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) offered by the School of Medicine on the Medical Center campus.

  1. The student is admitted to graduate study in IGPBS.
  2. The student meets the academic standards of the basic science departments without excessive deficiencies in prerequisites. (Same as current Regular Admission category.)
  3. After completion of the IGPBS program, the student seeks entrance directly into a specific graduate discipline in one of the basic science departments. The department reviews the applications for entrance and if approved, the department submits a Progress-to-Degree form to change individual student’s academic program from IGPBS to the specific basic science doctoral program.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who has one or more deficiencies in grade-point average (or English proficiency scores; see Minimum English Proficiency Requirements below), or prerequisite course work (or other deficiencies as determined by the department) but meets other admission standards may be admitted on a provisional basis. If admitted provisionally for a lack of prerequisite course work or low English proficiency scores, it is expected that the student will be reviewed to see if they have met the requirements of regular admission within the academic year. If they do meet the requirements, the student will be moved from Provisional to Regular status by the department’s submission of a Progress to Degree form. If the student has not met the requirements of their provisional admission at the time of review, they may be dismissed immediately.

A student admitted provisionally who fails to earn a B average in the first semester may be dismissed immediately. If provisionary continuation is recommended by the department or program, and approved by the graduate division, the student may remain on provisional status for one additional semester. Students who have been dismissed from a graduate program may be readmitted for further graduate study at KU only by petition of the graduate division that will accept the student. The petition must be approved by the dean of Graduate Studies.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus Graduate Studies admission policies are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center admission policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

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Nondegree-Seeking Student Admission

Nondegree-seeking applicants must meet the admission standards of Regular admission status, but the applicant does not intend to work for an advanced degree or towards a graduate certificate. If a nondegree-seeking 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 nondegree credit earned at KU).

If a nondegree-seeking applicant does not meet the Regular admission standards, then they must be admitted to a Provisional status.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus Graduate Studies admission policies are listed in the KU Policy Library. KU Medical Center admission policies are listed in each year's Academic Catalog.

Easy Admit

Applicants who wish to attend institutes or workshops offered through the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses may be admitted under the Easy Admit process. This allows any person, with evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, to take one course a semester, without needing to meet the additional requirements for regular nondegree-seeking admission. This option is not available at KU Medical Center.

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Certificate-Seeking Admission

The policies for admission to a graduate certificate program are listed in the KU Policy Library.

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Admission Procedure ? Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

Apply for admission online. To ensure adequate time for review, the applicant should check with each individual degree program for its application deadline date.

Applications must be accompanied by one copy of official transcripts from the institution where the applicant earned the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). This official transcript is used to verify the completion (or intended completion) of a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent). If the applicant has completed any graduate work, official transcripts from the institution(s) must be included as well. Letters of recommendation and test scores also may be required. Applicants should check with the program to which they are applying for more information.

Note: transcripts and test scores that have been faxed by someone other than a university staff member are not accepted as official copies.

International applicants also must provide English proficiency test scores. The university is unable to issue immigration documents until the international applicant furnishes a financial resources statement. Degree programs may choose not to consider international applications if they are not accompanied by a financial statement. (See Minimum English Proficiency Requirements, below.)

Nonrefundable application fees payable to the University of Kansas are required. Rates are subject to change. Some departments and programs require deposits from admitted students, to be fully credited against required fees upon enrollment.

Application Fees

View current Lawrence and Edwards Campus application fees.

Degree-seeking domestic application $55
Degree-seeking domestic application, Business $65
Degree-seeking international application $65
Nondegree-seeking application (domestic and international)
$30
Readmission application
$30
Easy Admit
$10

*Please check with your department or the Graduate Application Processing Center to see if you qualify for the Easy Admit category.

After an absence of 5 years from KU, students must apply for readmission to their graduate programs and to the appropriate Graduate Division.

Admission Notification

Each applicant is notified of the admission decision in writing; this notice clearly explains the admission classification (regular, provisional, nondegree). For all admission categories, enrollment in specific courses may be subject to fulfillment of departmental course prerequisites and consent of the instructor.

Admission to graduate studies does not imply admission to candidacy for a higher degree. A student becomes a candidate for an advanced degree only by demonstrating through resident study at KU the requisite preparation and ability. Requirements for an advanced degree must be regarded as minimum requirements. Additional requirements depend on the student’s undergraduate preparation and the particular field of graduate work chosen.

Limitations on Admission

Because of limitations of space, faculty, or general resources for research and instruction, some programs must restrict the number of applicants they admit. Questions should be directed to the program to which the prospective student wishes to apply.

Note: Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus Graduate Studies admission procedures are listed in the KU Policy Library.

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Admission Procedure ? Medical Center Campus

To apply for admission to a KUMC graduate program follow directions on the KUMC Graduate Studies website.

Applications must be accompanied by one copy of official transcripts from the institution where the applicant earned the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). This official transcript is used to verify the completion (or intended completion) of a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent). If the applicant has completed any graduate work, official transcripts from the institution(s) must be included as well.

A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program. In the case of students involved in direct patient contact, additional checks maintained by various health care disciplines may be required. Prospective students should check with their individual academic programs regarding these requirements.

Note: Transcripts and test scores that have been faxed by someone other than a university staff member are not accepted as official copies.

International applicants also must provide English proficiency test scores (see Minimum English Proficiency Requirements, below.)

Application Fees

Degree-seeking domestic application $60
Degree-seeking international application $60
Nondegree-seeking application (domestic and international)
$30
Readmission application
$60
Reactivation fee
$50

Students who are not continuously enrolled or are on active leave of absence status with the Office of the Registrar (except for the summer session) must be reactivated by the Office of the Registrar to enroll. (See Leave of Absence policy in General Regulations.) If a student has not enrolled in more than a year, he or she must check with the academic program to see if they must re-apply for admission or if they may be reactivated without re-applying. The Reactivation Form is available on the Registrar’s website. After an absence of 5 years from KU, students must apply for readmission to their graduate programs and to the appropriate Graduate Division.

Admission Notification

Each applicant is notified of the admission decision in writing; this notice clearly explains the admission classification (regular, provisional, nondegree). For all admission categories, enrollment in specific courses may be subject to fulfillment of departmental course prerequisites and consent of the instructor.

Admission to graduate studies does not imply admission to candidacy for a higher degree. A student becomes a candidate for an advanced degree only by demonstrating through resident study at KU the requisite preparation and ability. Requirements for an advanced degree must be regarded as minimum requirements. Additional requirements depend on the student’s undergraduate preparation and the particular field of graduate work chosen.

Limitations on Admission

Because of limitations of space, faculty, or general resources for research and instruction, some programs must restrict the number of applicants they admit. Questions should be directed to the program to which the prospective student wishes to apply.

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Minimum English Proficiency Requirements for Admission to a Graduate Program

Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

Departments must confirm that all applicants who are not native speakers of English, whether international or U.S. citizens or permanent residents, meet the minimum English proficiency requirements to be admitted to graduate studies with regular or provisional status. Confirmation can come in any one of the following forms:

  • Official transcript showing the applicant graduated with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
  • Official transcript showing that the applicant graduated with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an institution whose medium of instruction is English. This does not apply to degrees earned online. Verification of English instruction from the university is required as part of the application and must be included in the application package. Verification can be from a catalog or program description brochure or an official letter from a department chair, dean, or other university official stipulating English as the language of instruction. The program considering admission should also conduct a phone interview with the prospective student. Individual programs can opt for a more restrictive policy.
  • Receipt of official copy (not student’s copy) of applicant’s proficiency scores achieved not more than 2 years before the semester of admission.

Note: These guidelines are subject to change by official action of the appropriate governance bodies.

Regular Admission      
TOEFL (paper) TOEFL (CBT) TOEFL (iBT) IELTS
All part scores at least 53 All part scores at least 20 Reading, Listening, and Writing part scores at least 20* Minimum overall score 6.0 with no part score below 5.5
Provisional Admission      
TOEFL (paper) TOEFL (CBT) TOEFL (iBT) IELTS
All part scores 51-52
All part scores 18-19
Reading, Listening, and Writing part scores 18-19*
Minimum overall score 5.5 with no part score below 5.0
Deny Admission      
TOEFL (paper) TOEFL (CBT) TOEFL (iBT) IELTS
One or more part scores below 51 One or more part scores below 18
One of these part scores below 18: Reading, Listening, or Writing* Overall score below 5.5 or one or more part scores below 5.0

*See Additional Spoken English Proficiency Requirements for Graduate Teaching Assistants, below.

Any non-native English-speaking student who is sponsored may be admitted provisionally without submitting language proficiency scores. In this case, the sponsored student must provide official English proficiency test results (not more than two years old) to the department or must pass a proficiency examination administered by the Applied English Center upon arrival at KU. After the sponsored student’s English proficiency has been verified to meet requirements, the status of the sponsored international graduate student may be changed from provisional to regular.

The Applied English Center certifies the English proficiency of non-native speakers of English admitted to the University of Kansas for graduate study. All non-native speakers of English must check in with the AEC upon arrival for verification of English language proficiency.

Note: Students will have an AEC hold on their student accounts. This hold will remain on their accounts until they pass all AEC requirements. Students with this hold will not enroll online but will use paper enrollment forms.

Admission to a graduate program does not guarantee that a non-native speaker of English will be able to begin course work immediately. A student will be required to enroll in one or more English language courses at the AEC when evaluation at the AEC determines it necessary. It is also required if

  • Any part of the Internet-based TOEFL is below 23,
  • Any part of the computer-based TOEFL is below 23 or an essay score is below 5,
  • Any part of the paper-based TOEFL is below 57 or an essay score is below 5,
  • An IELTS overall score is below 6.5 or any score is below 6.0.

To receive a waiver from the Applied English Center, higher proficiency test results are required than those described here for admission; contact the AEC for more information.

Additional Spoken English Proficiency Requirements for Graduate Teaching Assistants, Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

The Kansas Board of Regents requires a spoken language proficiency assessment for employment positions requiring classroom or laboratory instructional responsibility and/or direct tutorial responsibilities. Therefore, GTAs must achieve a minimum TSE or SPEAK score of 50, iBT speaking score of 24; or IELTS score of 8. If this is not achieved,

  • The student must provide a personal financial document as required by the U.S. government to issue the DS-2019 or I-20,
  • The department may retract the GTA offer,
  • The department may still honor the GTA offer, but the student must take the SPEAK test offered by the Applied English Center and achieve a score of at least 50.

Note: The current Lawrence and Edwards Campus English proficiency policy is listed in the KU Policy Library.

Medical Center Campus

View KU Medical Center English proficiency requirements.

Departments must confirm that all applicants who are not native speakers of English, whether international or U.S. citizens or permanent residents, meet the minimum English proficiency requirements to be admitted to graduate studies with regular or provisional status. Confirmation can come in any one of the following forms:

  • Official transcript showing the applicant graduated with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
  • Official transcript showing the applicant graduated with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an institution whose medium of instruction is English. This does not apply to degrees earned online. Verification of English instruction from the university is required as part of the application and must be included in the application package. Verification can be from a catalog or program description brochure or an official letter from a department chair, dean, or other university official stipulating English as the language of instruction. The program considering admission should also conduct a phone interview with the prospective student. Individual programs can opt for a more restrictive policy.
  • Receipt of official copy (not student’s copy) of applicant’s proficiency scores achieved not more than two years before the semester of admission.

Note: These guidelines are subject to change by official action of the appropriate governance bodies.

  TOEFL scores (paper) TOEFL scores (iBT) IELTS scores
Regular admission • 57 overall minimum
• 5.0 minimum on essay

• 23 minimum on Reading and Listening
• 19 minimum on Writing

• 6.5 overall minimum with no part below 6
Provisional admission • 51-56 overall minimum
• 3.5-4.5 minimum on essay
• 18-22 on Reading and Listening
• 13-18 minimum on Writing
• 5.5-6.0 overall minimum with all part scores 5.0-5.5
Contact the Office of International Programs • Any score below 51
• Below 3.5 on essay
• Below 18 on Reading and Listening
• Below 13 on Writing
• 5.5 overall minimum with all part scores 5.0

If a student qualifies for provisional admission, the Office of International Programs contacts the student to arrange an English language evaluation upon arrival and recommends, if necessary, any required steps for remediation. This may include passing one or more English classes or retaking the TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent proficiency test. Please note that the student also has the option to retake the TOEFL before arriving at KUMC; if the new scores exceed the minimum required, the student's English will not be evaluated upon arrival.

Additional Spoken English Proficiency Requirements for Graduate Teaching Assistants, Medical Center Campus

The Kansas Board of Regents requires that in order to be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), students must first attain a minimum score of 50 on the TSE or SPEAK tests, a minimum iBT speaking score of 24, or a minimum IELTS speaking score of 8.The SPEAK test is administered free of charge by appointment in the Office of International Programs. SPEAK scores from other institutions will not be accepted.

 

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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