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Admission to the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Ph.D. Program

Because we believe that our faculty and graduate students are the most critical resources in defining the quality of our graduate program, potential applicants are encouraged to correspond with the Director of Graduate Studies and, especially, to visit the campus to discuss their interests and the program with faculty and students.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2021 to be considered for admission in Fall 2022. 


Application Materials

To be considered for admission to the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Ph.D. program, all domestic and international degree-seeking applicants must submit the following:

Online Admissions Application & Application Fee

Complete the online application available at KU's Graduate Studies website and submit it. The application fee can be paid online as the last step of the application.  Application forms submitted without a fee cannot be processed.

Application Fees:

  • Domestic Application: $65.00
  • Degree Seeking International Application $85.00
  • Non Degree Seeking Application (Domestic and International) $30.00
  • Reenrollment Application $20.00
Official Transcript(s)

Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their previous academic work to be admitted to regular graduate student status. Applicants should provide a copy of an official transcript from all colleges and universities attended. Upload a copy of each transcript to your application. If admitted, you’ll also need to send an official copy of all transcripts to Graduate Admissions. It can take three weeks for transcripts to arrive.

Resume or CV

Your resume or CV may include your education, employment history, volunteer experience, internships, scholarships/fellowships, and/or academic awards.

Statement of Purpose

The quality of the statement of purpose is an important factor in the selection process. Your statement of purpose should be concise, specific and a maximum of two single-spaced pages. Your statement of purpose should address the following:

  • Your interest in a Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies PhD at the University of Kansas
  • Academic and/or professional background; include your experience conducting research (e.g., independent research, research papers, or capstone projects) 
  • Current academic objectives and motivation for pursuing a PhD
  • Research interests and areas you plan to specialize in during the PhD program
  • Faculty member(s) who research in your areas of interest
  • Your career goals
Writing Sample

Your writing sample should be a sample of your written academic work and should be a maximum of 30 pages.

Three Letters of Recommendation

These letters should be from former or current instructors and/or those able to recommend you on the basis of professional experience. Provide names and email addresses for each recommender on your application. The recommender will receive a notice from the Office of Graduate Admissions instructing them to upload a recommendation letter. The applicant must assume responsibility for ensuring that the department receives these letters by the application deadline.

Proof of English Proficiency

All applicants to graduate study at the University of Kansas who are self-identified non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency. Applicants who are self-identified native English speakers do not have to submit additional proof of English proficiency regardless of international or domestic status. Please visit https://graduate.ku.edu/english-proficiency-requirements for more information regarding verification of English proficiency.

Provisional Admission

On rare occasions the department may recommend an applicant who does not meet the University’s minimum requirements for provisional admission. This may occur, for example, if a student’s overall undergraduate GPA is deficient but other application materials suggest strong potential for success in graduate study. All recommendations for provisional admission are contingent on approval by the Office of Graduate Studies.

To continue in the program, students admitted provisionally must meet with the Director of Graduate Studies at the start of the academic term, must comply with any requests for additional meetings or communications, and must earn at least a 3.0 GPA in the first semester of graduate coursework at KU.


Thank you again for your interest in the Department of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. If after reviewing the material, you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Nicholas Syrett, Director of Graduate Studies
Email: syrett@ku.edu 

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