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Admission to Master's Degree at KU

The University of Kansas is a great place to pursue a graduate degree, since graduate education is central to KU’s mission of learning, scholarship and creative activity. We invite you to explore our graduate degree information, review our student resources, and learn more on our knowledgeable faculty and the vibrant community of Lawrence, Kansas.  We particularly encourage those from underrepresented groups/classes to apply.

Once you’ve decided to apply, use the Apply Now button on this page to get started! Please note that KU does not accept paper applications for admission.  The online application is designed to give you the ability to submit all supporting documents in one form.  Not sure of how to proceed? We’ve created a Graduate Application Checklist, just for you!

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and, if applicable, minimum Graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Official GRE general test scores, taken within the last five years and scores should be at the 50th percentile or higher. 
  • English proficiency requirement verified via: 1) Graduation with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university or a college or university in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-speaking province of Canada, or an English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English; or 2) Official scores from the TOEFL (25 on all part scores), IELTS-Academic (6.0 total score with no part score below 5.5), or PTE (55 overall score with no part score below 50). Scores must be less than two years old from the semester of admission. 
  • Completed bachelor's or master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or a related area. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in education or psychology should have a minimum of 15 undergraduate credit hours in the behavioral sciences, such as Psychology, Human Development, Sociology, Education, etc. 
  • Criminal background check. To matriculate and enroll as a student in good standing in the KU School of Education’s Counseling Psychology programs and to be placed in clinical practice sites (e.g., practicum, internship, field experience), students in the program must complete and satisfactorily clear a criminal background check with Validity Screening Solutions. Refusal to undergo the background check will result in denial of admission. There may be times when a specific practicum site requires an additional background check to be done before the practicum experience can start. Students are expected to follow the clinical site’s requirements. The program faculty reserves the right to request additional background checks should issues arise and the faculty deems it necessary.

Application Deadline for Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology

Domestic & International Applicants:
Apply before January 1 to begin in the following summer or fall semester
(Admission decision notifications are shared no later than April 1)

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