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.
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.
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!
Application Deadline for Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research
Domestic & International Applicants:
Apply before December 15th to begin in the following summer or fall semester
(Admission decision notifications are shared no later than April 1)