Admission Criteria and How to Apply

We admit a select group of students to our M.A. program each fall. Applications for Fall 2018 are closed. The application deadline for Fall 2019 entry is January 15, 2019.

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. In general, applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average (on a scale in which A = 4.0) in their bachelor's degree. However, admitted students generally have grade-point averages well above 3.0.

If you'd like to learn more about the Master of Arts in Global and International Studies and the admissions requirements, please contact our Graduate Advisor, Clare Thoman, at clarethoman@ku.edu

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 to Graduate Studies along with KU's graduate application fee ($65 for domestic applicants and $85 for international applicants).
  2. One transcript from your degree-granting undergraduate institution. (If you transferred significant coursework from another institution toward your undergraduate degree, you might consider submitting a transcript from that institution as well). If you have earned any graduate degrees, you will also need to submit a transcript for your prior graduate coursework. Per KU's transcript policy, unofficial transcripts may be evaluated for admission decisons, but official transcripts will be required if admitted. 
  3. Three 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 speak to your potential to be successful as a graduate student. Specific information about your past performance in academics or related activities offers the best support for your application.
  4. A 500-1000 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 program and your interests and goals; simply noting a long-standing interest in international issues is not a compelling reason for admission. In addition, applicants must indicate a potential thesis or​ research project topic and select a potential thesis or research project advisor from the list of Global and International Studies Core Institutional Faculty or Affiliated Faculty. To ensure that our graduate students receive effective mentorship, applicants will not be admitted into the program without the consent of a faculty advisor who is willing to work with them. Applicants are encouraged to contact their prospective advisors in advance.  
  5. A copy of your current résumé.
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test results are required. Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) results are acceptable substitutes. 
  7. English Proficiency: If an applicant is not a native speaker of English, they must verify their English proficiency. Please see Graduate Admissions' English Proficiency Requirements for Official TOEFL or IELTS scores. 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.

Applicants may submit their application, application fee, statement of interest, and resume through the application link above. GRE scores and TOEFL scores should be sent directly to KU using institution code 6871. Digital copies of transcripts may be emailed directly from the degree-granting institution to graduateadm@ku.edu. Official transcripts can also be mailed to the address below:

University of Kansas, Graduate Admissions
1450 Jayhawk Boulevard
Strong Hall, 313
Lawrence, KS 66045


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