How To Apply


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Steps to Apply

There are two major steps to apply to graduate school. Click on the step to find out more about the process.

Step 1: Apply to UK Graduate School
Step 2: Apply for the graduate program

Application Deadlines

Please note, these deadlines supersede information contained on the University of Kentucky Graduate School program page.

You must meet the following deadlines when applying:
 

Program Application Deadline Start

Superintendent Certification-Only program

December 9, 2013 Spring 2014
Ph.D. February 15, 2014 Fall 2014
Executive Ed.D. February 15, 2014 Fall 2014
Principal Program – Ed.D. February 15, 2014 Summer 2014
Principal Program – Ed.S. May 15, 2014 Fall 2014
All other M.Ed. and Ed.S.
programs
May 15, 2014 Fall 2014

International students should submit application one month prior to the date(s) listed.

Step 1: Create Online Application for UK Graduate School

The first step is to set up a new account and establish an account with the University of Kentucky Graduate School. Create a username and password you will remember, as it is likely you will have to log in later to continue your unfinished application and review later.

Apply for Admission

All applications for graduate study at the University of Kentucky Graduate School must be submitted on-line. 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 following items are required to complete the graduate school application: 

Transcripts: 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 2.75 and 3.00 on all graduate work; individual programs may have higher requirements. If you are offered admission and decide to enroll you will then be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School.

GMAT: Educational Leadership Studies does not accept GMAT scores in place of GRE scores. 

GRE Scores: Educational Leadership Studies requires that applicants submit current GRE scores for admission to degree programs. (If you are an applicant who is seeking only a certificate without any degree work, such as the superintendent certificate, you do not need to take the GRE). Applicants to degree programs 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 ETS or another method. These scores will be incorporated into your application and compared against self-reported scores to ensure consistency.

GRE scores should be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service (ETS); the Institution Code for the GRE for UK Graduate School is R1837.

ETS.org does not keep GRE scores beyond five years. The University of Kentucky Graduate School policy is to accept GRE scores as long as the student can produce official scores. The University of Kentucky Graduate School will accept scores from a student’s previous institution, regardless of age, as long as the scores come directly from the school, are on university letterhead, and are verified to be true copies. If even that isn’t possible, the Associate Dean of the Graduate School will consider approving scores if a student can produce the original paper copy that was sent to them at the time of the exam. This is a last resort and one that the Graduate School uses in limited cases. If neither option is possible, the student needs to retake the exam.

We strongly suggest that applicants have scores at the following levels or higher. Please review the following very carefully. Not all our programs have the same expectations for GRE performance.

Non-degree seeking certificate-only applicants (e.g. school technology leadership certificate; superintendent certificate)

- No GRE required

MEd and EdS degrees not specified below

- GRE required
- No minimum scores are set.

Leadership EdD

- GRE required
- A combined Verbal & Quantitative score of 1000 (old GRE scale) or 300 (new GRE scale).
- Analytical Writing: 4.0 or percentile rank of 49.

Principalship EdD

- GRE required
- A combined Verbal & Quantitative score of 1000 (old GRE scale) or 300 (new GRE scale).
- Analytical Writing: 4.0 or percentile rank of 49.

Principalship EdS

- GRE required
- A combined Verbal & Quantitative score of 1000 (old GRE scale) or 300 (new GRE scale).
- Analytical Writing: 4.0 or percentile rank of 49.

PhD

- GRE required
- Verbal: 460 (old GRE scale) 151 (new GRE scale) and percentile rank of 49.
- Quantitative: 640 (old GRE scale) 151 (new GRE scale) and percentile rank of 48
- Analytical Writing: 4.0 or percentile rank of 49.

For Reference: Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning Concordance Tables

GRE Preparation: UK’s Academic Enhancement offers a GRE prep course open to all students interested in taking the GRE, non-UK students and individuals not currently enrolled in school are also welcome to attend. The GRE Prep Course explores the math and verbal portions of the exam through 4 hours of instruction and practice. The cost of the GRE prep course is $100 for math and $100 for verbal.
For dates and times, please visit http://www.uky.edu/AE.
For questions please email Jennifer Cook, GRE Coordinator,JCook514@gmail.com

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 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 R1837.

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 (paper-based) 213 (computer-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.

Step 2: Apply for the Program(s)

In this second step, you will apply for the educational leadership program or programs if you intend to submit multiple.

Program-Specific Requirements: In the process of completing your application to the UK Graduate School, you will need to provide additional information for the program you are applying for. This may include a curriculum vita, personal statement, writing sample or an assistantship application. The documents required our program must also be uploaded to the application; you can review these requirements by clicking here.

Letters of Recommendation: Most EDL programs require four (4) letters of recommendation. Click here to check the program-specific requirements to be sure. As part of the application you will be asked to supply contact information for the number of recommenders required by your program. Once your application has been submitted, 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.

Obtain Answers to Your Questions: If you have any questions about UK’s online application process to Graduate School, you may either send an e-mail to grad.admit@uky.edu or call either 859.257.9390 or 859.257.4905.

Click HERE to begin the online application process.

We look forward to receiving your application.