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How to Apply

Candidates requesting consideration for admission to the master's program in Indigenous Studies must complete the online application through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Applicants should upload the supporting application documents listed below to the online application. There is no need to send copies of application materials directly to the Indigenous Studies program. If you are interested in pursuing a joint M.A./J.D. with the KU School of Law or the PSM + ISP graduate certificate, you will need to apply to both programs.

The Indigenous Studies program accepts applications on a rolling basis, so apply to begin your studies either in the fall or spring semester. To be considered for University or departmental scholarships, the priority consideration deadline is April 1 for fall semester.

Application documents

  • Transcript(s) from undergraduate or graduate institution(s) you have attended
    • The Office of Graduate Studies requires a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA for admission.
    • Applicants may attach a scanned version of their official transcript from their undergraduate institution, as well as a scanned version of their official transcripts from any post-bachelor institution to the online application. Because these transcripts are not coming directly from the institution, KU does not consider them official. However, you may be admitted with unofficial transcripts.
    • To learn more about the difference between official and unofficial transcripts, please visit the KU Graduate Application information page 
  • Writing sample of at least 10 pages
    • ​Choose your best academic work. The admissions committee is looking for your ability to communicate clearly, think critically, and perform research.
  • 2-page personal statement explaining how a master's degree in Indigenous Studies will benefit you and why you will successfully complete the degree. The personal statement should answer:
    • Why Indigenous Studies is the right fit for your interests.
    • Who among our affiliate faculty would you like to work with on your research?
    • What you would like to do with your master’s degree?
    • Applicants can upload their writing samples and statements as part of the application.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae listing your educational and employment history, any scholarships/fellowships, internships, and awards, etc.
  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors (current or former)
    • The Letter of Recommendation system works on the contact information provided by the applicant at the time of application.
    • ​Be sure your recommenders can speak to your ability to traverse the rigors of academia. We suggest at least two of your recommenders come from professors you’ve taken courses from. We also encourage you to schedule a brief meeting with each recommender to talk about what your plans are in graduate school and your career goals. Provide them with a copy of your CV or resume as well as your revised personal statement. Doing this can help them craft stronger letters of recommendation on your behalf.
    • Their letters should help the admissions committee understand why Indigenous Studies fits your research and career goals.
    • If possible, give your recommenders plenty of time – a month, if you can – to write and submit their letters.
  • If an applicant is not a native speaker of English, they must verify their English proficiency. Please see Graduate Admissions' English Proficiency Requirements webpage for additional information.

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