How to Apply to the Foreign Affairs Studies Concentration:
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 15. International applicants should apply by April 1 for fall or October 1 for spring.
To be considered for admission to the FAS Concentration of the Global & International Studies' MA, 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.
All application materials must be received before your application for admission can be evaluated. A complete application consists of the following:
- An online application submitted at Graduate Studies along with KU's graduate application fee. The application fees are as follows: domestic online $65.00, international online $85.00.
- 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 might 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 GIST program at the address below.
- 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, and all references should be able to speak to your potential to be successful 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.
- A 500-1000 word essay 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.
- A copy of your current résumé.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results from the general test—verbal, analytical, and quantitative sections—are required for all applicants, including international applicants; LSAT or GMAT results are acceptable substitutes. Students applying to the program should have scores of at least 150 on the quantitative section, 140 on the verbal section, and 4.0 on the analytical writing section. For those who have taken the test prior to August 2011, scores should be at least 550 on the quantitative section, 500 on the verbal section, and 4.0 on the analytical writing section. Information about taking the GRE.
Applicants may submit their application, application fee, personal statement, and resume through the application link above. GRE scores should be sent directly to KU using KU's score codes.