Graduate Admissions - How to Apply

Applications for the Graduate Program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at KU are made through the Office of Graduate Studies.

Click Here to Start the Application Process


REQUIREMENTS FOR REGULAR ADMISSION:

  1. Bachelor's Degree or Higher
  2. GPA 3.0 or above in your last degree

WHEN TO APPLY:

Applications can be submitted at any time. However, please follow these timelines to receive full consideration:

Preferred submission date for Spring admission is October 1st.

Preferred submission date for Summer admission is December 1st.

Preferred submission date for Fall admission is December 31st.


APPLICATION MATERIALS:

You will need to upload the following materials for your online application:

  • Transcripts:
  • A scanned version of the transcript from your undergraduate and any post-Bachelor institution(s). (If admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts by the end of your first semester at KU.)

  • Statement of Purpose (A single document also including: academic interests and professional goals)

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Recommendations:
  • You will be asked for the names and email addresses of three people who can write a recommendation letter describing your qualifications for graduate school in physics and astronomy. Once you submit the application, an email will be sent to each recommender requesting a letter and electronic survey from each person that you name.

  • GRE Scores:
  • Not required, but highly recommended. A scanned version of score report is acceptable for review. However, an official score report is required before an admission can be offered.

    GRE Subject Score (Physics):

    Not required, but highly recommended. A scanned version of score report is acceptable for review. However, an official score report is required before an admission can be offered.
    (Note: Applicants who submit GRE Physics scores have priority for admission and financial supports.)

    ETS Codes for submitting original GRE Score Reports:
    Institution: 6871
    Departmental: 0808

    International Students:

  • Proof of English proficiency: Please click here to find the requirements for admissions and employment. Also click here for more specifics from the KU Policy Library. Please note that to be considered for GTA/GRA support, you must be admitted on Regular Admission/Status. A scanned version of score report is acceptable for review. However, an official score report is required before an admission can be offered.

    ETS Codes for submitting original iBT TOEFL Score Reports:
    Institution: 6871
    Departmental: 76


    Foreign GPA: If your last degree is awarded by a foreign institution, please click here to determine whether your GPA meets our requirement of 3.0 (Letter grade B). Also please include your U.S. GPA equivalence, otherwise delays could be expected for processing of your application.

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    Please upload ALL documents specified above at the time of application submission. Additional materials provided after the online application process (by email or post) will not be considered. We will review your application only after the application process is complete.


    FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Please contact Kristin Rennells , our Business Manager.
    You can reach her at (785) 864-4637, or tatekris@ku.edu.

    Additional Links

    Mean-Time-to-Degree Data
    Additional information on Assistantships and Fellowships
    KU Graduate Studies Main Site which includes links to info on housing, scholarships, tuition and fees.


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