How to Apply to the M.A. Program

Admission Information

We admit students for fall and spring semesters. For domestic students, the fall admissions deadlines are April 1 and June 15, and the spring admissions deadlines are October 1 and November 15.

International applicants should apply by the April 1 deadline for fall or the October 1 deadline for spring.

To be considered for admission to KU's Master of Global and International Studies program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with undergraduate degree requirements similar to those of the University of Kansas. Additionally, with few exceptions, applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average (on a scale in which A = 4.0) in their bachelor's degree. Please note: while a 3.0 GPA is the minimum requirement, admitted students generally have higher GPAs.

If you'd like to learn more about the Master of Arts in Global and International Studies and/or the admissions requirements, attend our upcoming prospective student information session at the Edwards Campus. You can also contact one of our Graduate Academic Advisors: Alyssa McDonald- Lawrence Campus or Michelle Welch- Edwards Campus

Application Materials

All application materials must be received before your application for admission can be evaluated. A complete application consists of the following:

  1. An online application submitted along with KU's graduate application fee. The application fees are as follows: domestic online $65.00, international online $85.00.
  2. One official transcript sent directly from your degree-granting undergraduate institution. (If you transferred in significant coursework from another institution toward your undergraduate degree, you may want to consider submitting a transcript from that institution as well.) If you have earned any graduate degrees, you will need to submit an official transcript from that university also. Official copies of these transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office at the address below.
  3.  Two letters of recommendation submitted by your references. You may have your references mail hard copies of their recommendation letters to us along with a signed copy of KU's official reference form (PDF) or they may submit their reference letters online through KU's application system. At least one academic reference is preferred, especially for students entering directly from their undergraduate program, and all references should be able to speak to your potential to be sucessful as a graduate student as indicated on the form. Specific information about your past performance in academics or related activities offers the best support to your application.
  4. A 300-500 word Statement of Interest  describing relevant aspects of your background and addressing how this program will help you meet your academic and professional goals. We encourage you to be as clear as possible about the relationship between this particular program and your interests and goals; just noting a long-standing interest in international issues or travel is not a compelling reason for admission.
  5. A writing sample that illustrates your professional and/or personal writing abilities
  6. A copy of your current resume
  7. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test results are generally required from applicants; however, the GRE requirement can be waived for exceptionally prepared students and for international students (see TOEFL requirements below). Applicants may contact the appropriate Graduate Advisor with questions. For students who completed their undergraduate degree five or more years ago, the GRE is recommended, but not required. 
  8. International students must submit TOEFL scores taken within the past two years. Students should have TOEFL scores of 20 or above in all categories (excluding speaking) before applying. The Applied English Center may also require incoming international students to complete an examination to show their English proficiency upon arrival in Lawrence. Information about the minimum acceptable English scores is available through the KU Office of International Programs and through the Office of Graduate Studies

Applicants may submit their application, application fee, personal statement, and resume through the application link above. GRE scores and TOEFL scores should be sent directly to KU using KU's score codes. Digital copies of official transcripts may be emailed to Official transcript copies can also be mailed to the addresses below:

University of Kansas, Graduate Admissions
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Strong Hall, 313

Lawrence, KS 66045      




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