The Application Process

All applications for graduate study at the University of Kentucky Graduate School must be submitted on-line. We are now part of the Hobsons ApplyYourself Application Network, a system used by over 700 colleges and universities that provides an opportunity to submit all Graduate School and program requirements in one application including letters of recommendation. You may apply for as many programs as you wish, but each application requires completion of a separate application form and submission of a separate application fee. Currently the fee for domestic applicants is $65.00 per application and for international applicants the fee is $75.00. Please note that the application cannot be submitted without payment of this fee.

The first step in the process is to set up a new account and establish a user name and password. Each application will require a separate account: email address, username and password. Do not lose this information; you will need it if you wish to return to continue an unfinished application or review a completed application.



Test Scores

Program-Specific Requirements

Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines

List of GRE Waivers



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 one of the six regional academic accrediting associations (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.

You will be asked to upload copies of transcripts from all higher education institutions attended and, in the case of domestic students, to self-report cumulative GPA’s for each institution. For degree-seeking students, the Graduate School requires an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 and 3.00 on all graduate work; individual programs may have higher requirements. Students who wish to calculate their GPAs for self-reporting may wish to use  If you are offered admission and decide to enroll you will then be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School.

Once admitted, official transcripts should be sent to:

If sending electronically -

You can direct hard copy transcripts mailings to:

University of Kentucky

Graduate Admissions

202 Gillis Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0033

You may also choose to use the National Student Clearinghouse, which most institutions send transcripts securely through.


Test Scores

In most cases an official test score (either GRE or GMAT) is required for admission (** see exceptions below). You will be asked to self-report these scores on the application (you can also supply a future date for taking the test). We will however also require official scores from the reporting agency.

  • GRE scores should be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service (ETS); the Institution Code for the GRE for UK Graduate School is 1837
  • Scores for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) should be sent directly to us from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC); the UK Graduate School code is 1837.

These scores will be incorporated into your application and compared against self-reported scores to ensure consistency. The Graduate School sets no minimum score for the GRE or GMAT; individual programs may however have specific requirements and it is recommended that you contact them directly for more specific information.
TOEFL or IELTS Scores: All applicants whose native language is not English will be asked to self-report one of these scores on the application. As for GRE or GMAT scores, we also require official language scores be sent to us directly from the reporting agency.

  • TOEFL scores should be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service (ETS); the Institution Code for the TOEFL for UK Graduate School is 1837. If asked for a program code enter 99 "For any department not listed".
  • IELTS scores should be sent directly to us from the International English Language Testing Service specifying the University of Kentucky Graduate School, Lexington, Kentucky as the recipient institution.

For the Graduate School, the minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (ITP/paper-based) or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5; individual programs may however have higher requirements. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old.

Official scores are required for admission. 

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.


Program-Specific Requirements

Many graduate programs at the University of Kentucky require additional information from applicants. This may include a curriculum vita, personal statement, writing sample or an assistantship application. The documents required by your program of interest must also be uploaded to the application; you can review these requirements here.


Letters of Recommendation

Many graduate programs also require letters of recommendation. As part of the application you will be asked to supply contact information for the number of recommenders required by your program. When you provide your recommender information the system will contact each person identified and their recommendations will be submitted directly to us. You can check back into your application at any time to see who has submitted a recommendation as well as send your recommenders a reminder. You can ascertain the number of recommenders required by your program here.


Application Deadlines

For domestic applicants the Graduate School requires applications to be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the term the applicant intends to begin graduate work. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for typical semester starting dates.
For international applicants the following Graduate School deadlines apply:

  • Fall semester admission– April 15
  • Spring semester admission- September 15
  • Summer semester - International students are not admitted for summer sessions

Please note that some programs have earlier deadlines than those specified above, and some restrict admission to specific semesters. This information is also available here.


** No GRE or GMAT is required for admission to:
  • Accounting (MS, UK students only)
  • Anthropology (MA, PhD) Effective Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (MS)
  • Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies (MS)
  • Applied Mathematics (MS)
  • Art Studio (MFA)
  • Arts Administration (MA)
  • Athletic Training (MS) Effective Fall 2021-Spring 2022
  • Biochemistry (PhD)
  • Biology (MS, PhD)
  • Business Administration (MBA for Greek cohort)
  • Chemical Engineering (MS, PhD)
  • Chemistry (MS, PhD)
  • Classics (MA)
  • Civil Engineering (MS, PhD) Applies to students who graduated from ABET-accredited program
  • Communication (MA, PhD) Effective Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (MS)  Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2024
  • Community and Leadership Development (MS) 
  • Computer Science (MS, PhD) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Counselor Education (MAC)
  • Creative Writing (MFA)
  • Curatorial Studies (MFA) Effective Spring 2021-Fall 2021
  • Curriculum and Instruction (MA) Effective Spring 2022
  • Data Science (MS) Effective Fall 2021
  • Digital Mapping (MS)
  • Diplomacy and International Commerce (MA)
  • Education - Counseling Psychology (EdS) Effective for Fall 2021 admissions window only
  • Education - School Psychology (EdS) Effective for Fall 2021 admissions window only
  • Education - School Psychometrist and School Psychologist (MA) Effective for Fall 2021 admissions window only
  • Education and Counseling Psychology - Counseling Psychology (MSEd, PhD) Effective for Fall 2021 admissions window only
  • Education and Counseling Psychology - Educational Psychology (EdD, PhD) Effective for Fall 2021 admissions window only
  • Education Sciences - Educational Policy Studies: Philosophical and Cultural Inquiry option (PhD)
  • Education Sciences - Educational Policy Studies: Evaluation and Policy option (PhD)
  • Education Sciences - Quantitative Psychometric Methods (PhD) Effective for Fall 2021 admissions window only
  • Educational and Counseling Psychology (MSEd) Effective for Fall 2021 admissions window only
  • Educational Leadership (MEd, EdS)
  • Educational Policy Studies (MSEd)
  • Educational Policy Studies, Measurement, and Evaluation (EdD)
  • Educational, School, School, and Counseling Psychology - School Psychology (PhD) Effective for Fall 2021 admissions window only
  • English (MA, PhD)
  • Entomology (MS, PhD)
  • Exercise Science (PhD) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Family Sciences (MS, PhD) Effective Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • French (MA)
  • Forest and Natural Resource Sciences (MS, PhD)
  • Gender and Women's Studies (PhD) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Geography (MA, PhD)
  • Geological Sciences (MS, PhD)
  • German (MA) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Health Administration (MHA)
  • Higher Education (MSEd)
  • Hispanic Studies (MA, PhD) Effective Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • Historic Preservation (MA)
  • History (MA, PhD) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Information Communication Technology (MS)
  • Instructional Systems Design (MS)
  • Integrated Biomedical Sciences (PhD)
  • Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences (MS, PhD)
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Educational (MSEd)
  • Kinesiology and Health Promotion (MS, EdD) Effective Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • Library Science (MS)
  • Linguistic Theory and Typology (MA) Effective Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MS)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (MS, PhD) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Mathematics (MA, MS, PhD)
  • Medical Sciences (MS) Effective Fall 2022
  • Musical Arts (DMA)
  • Nutrition and Food Systems (MS)
  • Nutritional Sciences (MS, PhD)
  • Orientation and Mobility (MS)
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD)
  • Philosophy (MA, PhD) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Physics (MA, PhD) Effective Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • Political Science (MA, PhD) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Psychology (MA, MS, PhD) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2024
  • Public Administration (MPA)
  • Public Financial Management (MS)
  • Public Health (MPH)
  • Research Methods in Education (MS)
  • Retailing and Tourism Management (MS)
  • Science Translation and Outreach (MS)
  • Social Work (MSW, PhD) Waiver for PhD program effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Sociology (PhD) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Strategic Human Resource Management and Analytics (online) Effective Fall 2021-Spring 2022
  • Special Education (MSEd)
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology (MS) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Studies in Higher Education (PhD)
  • Supply Chain Management (MS)
  • Teacher Preparation Program in Visual Impairments (MS)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (MA) Effective Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Veterinary Science (MS, PhD)
**For holders of M.D., D.M.D., D.D.S., Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.O., D.N.P., D.Sc., or Ph.D. degrees, no GRE or GMAT is required for admission to:
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Clinical and Translational Sciences (PhD)
  • Dentistry (M.S. for domestic students only)
  • Public Administration (for PharmD students applying to this program)
  • Toxicology and Cancer Biology (PhD)
**No GRE or GMAT is required for admission in the following categories: Graduate certificate, Professional/Graduate dual degree programs (for example Pharm.D./MPA), Post-baccalaureate, University Scholars (all programs), Fifth Year, Rank I, and other certifications.