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Admission to the Ph.D. Program at KU

The University of Kansas is a great place to pursue a graduate degree, since graduate education is central to KU’s mission of learning, scholarship and creative activity.  We invite you to explore our graduate degree information, review our student resources, and learn more about our knowledgeable faculty and the vibrant community of Lawrence, Kansas. 

Applicants must have a master's degree or equivalent with at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Once you’ve decided to apply, use the Apply Now button to get started. Please note that KU does not accept paper applications for admission. The online application is designed to give you the ability to submit all supporting documents in one form.

Not sure how to proceed? We’ve created a Graduate Application Checklist (pdf), just for you! Please note: Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.

Application Deadlines for Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction

Fall semester admission only:
For early consideration, apply by October 1 for the following Fall semester
-OR-  Apply by March 15 to begin in the Fall semester

Apply online today.


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