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Admission to Master's Degree 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 on our knowledgeable faculty and the vibrant community of Lawrence, Kansas. 

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. 

Application Deadlines for Master's Degree in TESOL

Apply before July 1 to begin in the Fall Semester
(International applicants must apply before March 15 to begin in the Fall Semester)

Apply before October 1 to begin in the Spring Semester

Apply before March 15 to begin in the Summer Semester

Not sure where to begin? We've created a Graduate Application Checklist just for you. Please note: Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.

Regular admission requires a bachelor’s degree and a grade-point average (GPA) of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited institution, like KU, or a foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor’s degree requirements. 

If you are an international applicant, we strongly encouraged you to complete the application process well in advance of these deadlines, in order to ensure adequate time for processing of visa-related paperwork. The graduate admissions committee will make selections when all support documents have been received.

Review the Graduate Application Checklist


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