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Graduate Admission

Prospective Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in the graduate programs offered by the Department of Applied Behavioral Science (ABS) at the University of Kansas. The KU Graduate School oversees all graduate programs on campus. In order to obtain a graduate degree you are required to fulfill its requirements, as well as those of the department. Prospective students should check the Graduate School website periodically for the latest information.

Admission to the Graduate School

Incoming graduate students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and have earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students with lower GPA's may be admitted as probationary (GPA > 2.75) or provisional graduate students. Probationary and provisional graduate students will be provided no financial support for as long as their status is unchanged. Probationary students are automatically admitted as regular degree-seeking graduate students if they earn a 3.0 GPA after having completed the equivalent of one semester of full-time graduate study (9 hrs in the Fall/Spring or 6 hrs in the Summer). Probationary students earning less than a 3.0 GPA after completing these credits will not be allowed to enroll in the Graduate School. Provisional students are admitted to the Graduate School only after the Department recommends they be admitted as regular degree-seeking students.

Faculty Mentors

Prospective students apply and are admitted to the graduate school based on faculty recommendation and commitment to work with the student while in the program. The department follows a junior-colleague model, in which students work very closely with faculty mentors. Admitted students and faculty mentors work collaboratively to plan for the academic success of graduate students in the program. Faculty advisors and students share equal responsibility in ensuring that students make timely progress in meeting the degree requirements of the department, college, and university. Faculty advisors assist students in selecting required elective courses, developing research projects, and preparing for graduate program requirements. When applying to the program, the applicant must indicate at least one faculty member with whom they are interested in working.

Application Process

The application deadline is December 15th. If positions are still available, we will consider applicants who apply after this deadline. To find out if any positions are still available, you should contact the professor(s) with whom you want to work.

How to Apply
Step 1: Create an online account with ApplyWeb.com. This information will be used in part of your electronic application to KU's Graduate School.

Step 2: Once you have an online account, proceed to the Application website to apply to the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Fill out the online application and attach the required documents. Required documents to attach with the online application minimally include the following:

  • Personal statement
  • Vita
  • 3 letters of Recommendation
  • GRE (optional, but recommended)
  • Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts will need to be obtained if accepted into the program.)
  • List of faculty members with whom the prospective student is interested in working

GRE scores are optional and can be sent directly to the Graduate School.  Official transcripts should be sent to the department.

ABS Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony

To rsvp for the ABS undergraduate recognition ceremony, please click here.
You MUST fill out this form in order to receive a personalized certificate from the department.

For your name to appear in the program, you must respond by Monday, May 1st at 8:00 a.m.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 9:00 a.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
It is intended for Fall 2016 graduates and candidates for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 graduation.

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Questions about the Graduate Program?

If you have questions about our graduate program, please contact Dr. Edward Morris, Director of Graduate Studies, at ekm@ku.edu

Why KU
  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
  • 44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
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