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Admission to Ph.D. Program 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.

Admission Requiremnts

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; and (if applicable) minimum graduate GPA of 3.5
Proof of English proficiency
English proficiency (non-native English speakers): University’s requirement.

Students applying to the Ph.D. program are not required to have a Master's degree. However, because the Ph.D. program prepares students for research-based careers, students without a Master's degree who are admitted to the Ph.D. program must also complete the requirements for the Master's degree in Educational Psychology & Research, which include a data-driven thesis (this is in addition to the Ph.D. requirements). Students entering the Ph.D. program with a Master's degree that did not require a data-driven thesis, might be required to complete a Master's thesis. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis.

Application Deadline for Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research

Domestic & International Applicants:
Apply before January 5th to begin in the following summer or fall semester

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Graduate Application Checklist

Getting started

  • Begin the online application through the KU Graduate Admissions. Application fee: $65 for U.S. Residents, $85 for international applicants.
  • Complete the application in one setting or save your work on each page and finish it later.

Gather and upload supporting documents

  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from each institution of higher education from which you received or are earning a degree (official KU transcripts are not required; submit an academic summary or advising report instead). Minimum GPA: undergrad 3.0; graduate 3.5, if applicable.
  • Resume: A current copy of your professional resume or curriculum vita (CV).
  • Statement of intent: Please describe: 1) Why you are interested in this degree program, including what skills, competencies, and experiences you hope to gain in the program, 2) Your career goals and how this degree program relates to your career goals (that is, how you see this program preparing you to meet your career objectives), 3) Prior relevant educational, work, and research experiences, 4) One research topic or issue that you would like to pursue in this program, including the faculty member with whom you would like to work, if known.
  • Recommendations: 3 recommendation forms and letters from qualified individuals are collected via the online application system. Recommendations should speak specifically to the applicant's academic skills and potential to complete the program.
  • Writing sample: A writing sample of your scholarly work. There are no formatting or length requirements.
  • English proficiency (non-native English speakers): University’s requirement.
For International applicants
  • Financial document: Required by the U.S. Government to issue the DS-2019 or I-20.
  • Complete application in advance of the deadline to ensure adequate time for processing.
Additional information
  • Selecting your program: On page 4, select “Education” for the Academic Area of Interest and then find the right major in the Academic Program section. Then, select an entry term and click continue.
  • Submitting the form: Review your application and, when satisfied, click the “Finalize Application and Pay” button. This saves your application in final form and takes you to the payment page.
  • Application fee: You can pay the fee by debit/credit card or check (U.S. bank accounts only). Cash payments are not accepted.

After submitting your application

  • You will receive email verification that your application has been received.
  • The Department will follow up with your official application status via email, noting that the application is complete or that additional materials are necessary.
  • Admission decisions are communicated via an email with log-in information for the official decision portal. You can expect to be notified anytime between late January and April 15.

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