Admission Categories

Students may be admitted in regular status to a graduate degree-granting program at the University of Kentucky if they meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School as well as specific program requirements. The minimum Graduate School requirements are as follows.

  • Students seeking admission to the Graduate School must have obtained a baccalaureate degree, prior to the start of the term for which s/he is admitted, from a fully accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or from a recognized foreign institution. An accredited U.S. institution is one that is accredited by the appropriate regional agency (Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern or Western Association of Colleges and Schools). A recognized foreign institution is an institution that is recognized by that nation's Ministry of Education or similar authority as a postsecondary, academic degree-granting institution.
  • An overall grade point average of 2.75 on undergraduate work and 3.00 on all graduate work is required by the Graduate School. Individual departments may require higher grade point averages.
  • Submission of scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) unless their chosen program indicates otherwise. The Graduate School has no minimum GRE score requirement; individual programs may set specific score requirements and in some cases may require the advanced portion of the GRE.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit either a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. The University of Kentucky requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). For IELTS, a minimum mean band score of 6.5 is required.
    • ​In light of COVID -19 the exception to accept Duolingo scores has been extended to all applicants for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Only Duolingo English Test scores with sub scores will be accepted, that is tests taken after July 15, 2019. The minimum score will be 115, and students recommended for admission may also be interviewed by a CESL evaluator. Students may be recommended to take ESL courses if there are language deficiencies. Applicants may upload test scores in their application under “Alternative Test Scores”  in the “Supplemental Materials” section.
  • Domestic applicants (U.S. citizens or resident aliens) must pay a $65 application fee; international applicants must pay a $75 fee.