Admission to Ph.D. Program at KU
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- 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 (20 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.
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 December 15th to begin in the following summer or fall semester
(Admission decision notifications are shared no later than April 1)
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