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 15. International applicants should apply by April 1 for fall or 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. 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, please contact our Graduate Advisor, Clare Thoman at

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 at Graduate Studies 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 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.
  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 graduate 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 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.
  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 résumé
  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. Information about taking the GRE.
  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. 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 to the program.

Applicants may submit their application, application fee, personal statement, writing sample, 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 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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