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 Studies website periodically for the latest information.
Faculty are excited to meet with prospective students who are interested in their labs! Please reach out to faculty that you are interested in working with directly.
Applied Behavior Science Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
In the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, we understand that an equitable and safe multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural environment produces innovative thinking, research, and learning. We seek to provide an environment for learning and working where differences are valued and each person in the ABS community is supported and offered an equitable opportunity – irrespective of national origin, age, sex, health status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or disability – to achieve their academic and professional goals. These efforts are led by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and are supported by our faculty and staff.
Admission to the Graduate School
Incoming graduate students must have a bachelor's degree (and any post-bachelor’s coursework or degrees) from a regionally accredited institution or a foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor's degree requirements and proof of English proficiency for non-native English speakers.
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.
The application deadline is December 1st. 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
Applicants will submit an application online through the SLATE system. Begin by visiting graduate admissions and select "Apply." Applicants should select the start term and create an account (if a first-time user) or log in (if returning to continue an application).
- On the application's "Program Information page," select "Social and Behavioral Sciences" from the Academic Area of Interest.
- Under "Academic Program," search for "Behavioral Psychology (PhD)” if applying to the doctoral program or “Applied Behavioral Science (MA)” if applying to the MA program.
Fill out the online application and attach the required documents. Required documents to attach with the online application minimally include the following:
- Personal statement
- 3 letters of Recommendation
- GRE (optional, but recommended)
- Copies of official transcripts. Student advising reports or documents titled “unofficial document/transcript” cannot be accepted for admission review. (Official transcripts with degree conferral will need to be obtained if accepted into the program). Note, former/current KU students are not required to provide copies of KU transcripts for application. If a degree was earned outside of KU, a copy of the official transcript must be provided.
- 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.
Is there a fee waiver available?
- If you are a current McNair scholar, you are eligible for an application fee waiver and can mark as such on the application. The waiver will be applied to your application once you have marked your status.
- A limited number of KU application fee waivers are available for non-McNair Scholar applicants. These are provided on a first-come first-serve basis, and are not guaranteed due to the limited availability of funds. Please email Dr. Florence DiGennaro Reed if you meet any of the below criteria and would like to request the application fee waiver:
- Applicants who are both first-generation and income-limited college students,** The term “Income-limited” is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as having a household taxable income for the preceding year of less than 150 percent of the poverty level amount.
- Applicants who are members of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in higher education (excluding international applicants),
- Applicants who are active members of the U.S. Armed Forces or are honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and
- Applicants who have served for two or more years in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America, or a similar governmental or NGO service program.