Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies at the University of Kansas is the administrative unit responsible for graduate education for the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses.

Graduate Studies on the KU Medical Center campus (a unit of the Office of Academic Affairs) is responsible for graduate programs in the Schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing.

Graduate degrees are conferred by the professional schools and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the exception of the Health Informatics master’s degree, which is conferred by the KUMC Office of Graduate Studies upon recommendation by the Health Informatics Advisory Council. Appointments to the Graduate Faculty are authorized by the schools and the College and by the individual academic units on the Medical Center campus and administered by the appropriate Graduate Studies office.

KU offers the Master of Arts degree in 53 fields, the Master of Science in 40, specific professional master’s degrees in 19 programs, the professional degree of Specialist in Education, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 81 fields, as well as professional doctorates of Audiology, Education, Engineering, Musical Arts, Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. KU currently enrolls more than 8,000 graduate students.

Goals of Graduate Study

Independent scholarship, competence in research or other creative work, and the cultivation of teaching commitment and skill are the traditional goals of graduate study. Having acquired a broad education as an undergraduate, the student is expected to master a special field, to learn the methods of investigation employed therein, and to proceed toward making an original contribution to knowledge. Since many of those who earn advanced degrees find careers in higher education, the acquisition of skill in teaching and in directing research is also an essential part of graduate education.

These traditional goals gain renewed significance in changing times, while newly emerging societal interests and needs and new demands of the marketplace both underscore their importance and emphasize the necessity for flexibility in programs and accommodation in career objectives. Careers for graduates in many fields are more broadly dispersed, and the contributions of graduate study and research to society must become more widely spread and recognized in government, business and industry, and in diverse professions and arts. At the same time, entering students must realize that a change in employment patterns for graduates is under way in many fields where the major, if not the sole, employment opportunity after graduation was once to be found in a teaching career.

Graduate Military Programs

Graduate Military Programs (GMP) supports the academic needs of the Department of Defense (DOD) personnel to teach, research, and perform vital missions around the globe. GMP develops and maintains programs for select officers attending the Command and General Staff College at nearby Fort Leavenworth, instructors at the United States military academies, foreign area officers, logisticians, and other DOD personnel requiring the advanced degrees necessary to teach and research at the highest level. The office assists principal investigators throughout the university to find well matched research grant opportunities, prepare proposals, and coordinate with the appropriate DOD entities. GMP also serves as the voice for all veteran student related educational issues at the University of Kansas and is committed to creating and maintaining a positive learning environment for military veterans attending our university.


Research and graduate studies are integral parts of the university’s educational mission. The National Science Foundation classifies KU as a major university receiving substantial research support. KU is also a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University and has been a member of the Association of American Universities since 1909. The university has a long and successful record of research collaboration through independent, multidisciplinary research centers that focus on common themes. KU is home to 11 university research centers and institutes, two affiliated centers, two core service labs, the Kansas Geological Survey, and the Kansas Biological Survey. This is in addition to a number of research centers in individual departments and academic units throughout the university. For more information about research on the Lawrence campus, visit the Research page or the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. For the Medical Center campus, visit the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute page.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Visit the Graduate Studies website for information about funding opportunities for graduate students at KU. In addition, KU Medical Center students may be eligible for Student Travel Awards.


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Contact Info

Office of Graduate Studies, Lawrence Campus

Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
Lawrence, KS 66045-7518
Thomas Heilke, Dean of Graduate Studies

Office of Graduate Studies, KU Medical Center

5015 Wescoe Pavilion
Mail Stop 1040, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
KUMC Graduate Studies site
Allen Rawitch, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies
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