How to Apply to the M.A. Program

Admission Information

We admit students for fall and spring semesters. For domestic students, the fall admissions deadline is June 15, and the spring admissions deadline is November 15International applicants should apply by April 1 for fall and October 1 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. In general, applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average (on a scale in which A = 4.0) in their bachelor's degree. However, admitted students generally have grade-point averages well above 3.0.

If you'd like to learn more about the Master of Arts in Global and International Studies and the admissions requirements, please contact our Graduate Advisor, Clare Thoman, at clarethoman@ku.edu

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 to Graduate Studies along with KU's graduate application fee. The application fee is $65 for domestic applicants and $85 for international applicants.
  2. One official transcript sent directly from your degree-granting undergraduate institution. (If you transferred significant coursework from another institution toward your undergraduate degree, you might consider submitting a transcript from that institution as well). If you have earned any graduate degrees, you will also need to submit an official transcript for your prior graduate coursework.
  3. Three 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 graduate application system. At least one academic reference is preferred, especially for students entering directly from their undergraduate program, and all references should speak to your potential to be successful as a graduate student. Specific information about your past performance in academics or related activities offers the best support for your application.
  4. A 500-1000 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 program and your interests and goals; simply noting a long-standing interest in international issues is not a compelling reason for admission. In addition, applicants interested in the Thesis Option should indicate a potential thesis topic and select a potential thesis advisor from the list of Global and International Studies Core Instructional Faculty or Affiliated Faculty. If you are admitted, you may decide to change your topic or advisor, and you are free to do so. However, including this information in your statement demonstrates your ability to articulate your intellectual interests and helps us advise you on an effective course of study.
  5. A copy of your current résumé.
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test results are generally required (Law School Admission Test or Graduate Admission Test results are acceptable substitutes). Applicants may contact the Graduate Advisor with questions.
  7. 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 Graduate Studies. Please note that because the Global and International Studies courses are reading and writing intensive, applicants scoring below the levels required for regular admission are unlikely to be accepted.

Applicants may submit their application, application fee, statement of interest, 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 transcripts may be emailed to graduateadm@ku.edu. Official transcripts can also be mailed to the address below:

University of Kansas, Graduate Admissions
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Strong Hall, 313
Lawrence, KS 66045


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