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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 Studies. 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 certifcate, you will need to apply to both programs.

Timelines
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 January 15 for fall.

Application documents

  • GRE verbal and analytical writing scores
  • TOEFL scores, if student's native language is not English
  • 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.
  • Writing sample of at least 10 pages
  • 2-page personal statement explaining how a master's degree in Indigenous Studies will benefit you and why you will successfully complete the 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.

 


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