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Admission to Undergraduate Program

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and Human Sexuality Programs do NOT have admission requirements.

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Questions? Please contact Jan Emerson.

Admission to Graduate 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—December 1st

All admissions materials must be received by December 1st to be considered for admission. Admission is for the fall semester only..

Application Materials

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

Your statement of purpose should include academic objectives and describe your intellectual development, previous academic training, and areas of academic interest. The quality of this statement is an especially important factor in the decisions of our admissions committee. The statement should be a maximum of two pages, single spaced.

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 December 1st.

GRE Scores

You must provide an official GRE score report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). KU’s institutional reporting code is 6871. 

Note: This requirement is waived if you already have a master's degree from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university or a college or university in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-speaking province of Canada, or an English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English.

Proof of English Proficiency

All applicants to graduate study at the University of Kansas must provide proof of English proficiency. Please visit https://graduate.ku.edu/english-proficiency-reuirements 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:

Megan Wilson, Graduate Academic Advisor
Email: meganwilson@ku.edu
Phone: 785-864-9056


Dr. Janet Sharistanian

Dr. Janet Sharistanian, founding director of KU Women’s Studies, passed away on Wed., Feb. 6, 2019. More information »

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