Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

GRADUATE ADMISSION

Kentucky Residency

According to law, the University of Kentucky and all other state-supported institutions of higher education assess tuition on the basis of Kentucky or non-Kentucky residency. The policy for determining residency is established by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (see Residency Policy). Students who are unsure of their residency status should check with the Registrar's Office before applying for admission.

Admission Procedures

The University of Kentucky is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status, and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

Applicants for admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School must pay an application fee. The fee is $40 for domestic applicants and $55 for international applicants. A check or money order made payable to THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY should accompany the completed application. NO CASH, PLEASE. Students applying via the Web can also pay the application fee by credit card on the Web. Go to <www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/gsapplication.shtml> and click on "Pay Application Fee."

Students seeking admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School must hold a baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited institution of higher learning. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 and 3.0 on all graduate work is required by the Graduate School. Individual departments may require higher grade point averages.

All applicants must submit scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing portions of the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) , unless their chosen program is listed in the gray box on this page .  The advanced portion of the GRE may be required by individual programs. The Graduate School will continue to require GRE scores for all Graduate School fellowship applications.

New students applying for admission must have two official transcripts sent by each institution of higher learning previously attended. All transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School, or transcripts in sealed envelopes obtained from the Registrar of each institution may accompany the application.

To be official, records must bear the Registrar's signature and/or official seal of the issuing institution. A summary of credits transferred and recorded on the transcript issued by the institution granting the degree will not suffice.

Application forms can be obtained by writing:

The Graduate School
351 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0027

or on the Web at:

www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/gsapplication.shtml

Domestic applications (a domestic applicant is one who is a U.S. citizen or resident alien) must be submitted no later than one month before the beginning of the term the applicant intends to begin graduate work (see Calendar); all application materials (including all transcripts and official scores) must be received by this deadline.

Graduate students may not be able to enter a full graduate program leading directly to the degree they desire; it may be necessary for them to satisfy certain prerequisites that they did not complete in their undergraduate curriculum. Deficiencies are determined by the program in which the major work is to be done. Ordinarily, students are considered for direct admission in any field in which they have an appropriate undergraduate major or its equivalent.

Admission to the Graduate School entitles students to take such courses as they desire, provided they have the necessary prerequisites and departmental approval.

Attendance in the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky is not a right, it is a privilege which may be withdrawn by the University or by any area of graduate study if it is deemed necessary by the Dean of the Graduate School in order to safeguard the University's standards.

English Proficiency Requirement. The University of Kentucky requires a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants whose native language is not English. (The equivalent score on the computer version of the TOEFL is 213.)

Permanent residents who graduate from US institutions or schools outside the US in English-speaking countries such as Australia, Great Britain, and English-speaking Canadian provinces, are not required to take the TOEFL. Permanent residents who graduate from other institutions outside the US must provide TOEFL scores.

Students who cannot obtain a TOEFL Bulletin and registration form locally should write, well in advance, to: Test of English as a Foreign Language, Box 6154, Princeton, NJ 08541-6154 or see <www.toefl.org> on the Web.

Test scores must be sent directly to the University of Kentucky Graduate School from ETS.

Additional Procedures for International Applicants

All non-U.S. citizens, except Permanent Residents of the U.S., should use an Application Form for International Students. Applicants must have excellent grades and rank in the top quarter of their classes. To be considered for entry as a graduate student, an applicant must hold a four-year bachelor's degree. (Indian students: a first-class record is normally expected although high second-class holders in non-science areas may be considered if they can offer further evidence of having been in at least the top 10 percent of their graduating class.)

When credentials are submitted in support of any application, they should be either the original documents or certified copies (i.e., copies certified or attested as "true copies" by a notary public). An official translation must be attached to these records if they are in a language other than English. Credentials should include a record of all degrees earned, detailing all subjects taken and grades obtained. Grades must be listed in the indigenous system.

GRE/GMAT Requirement. All applicants for admission to degree programs in the Graduate School must submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other approved substitution (see approved list below). Applications will not be considered without complete official scores. The Graduate School will continue to require GRE scores for all Graduate School fellowship applications.

Approved substitutions:
Accounting (M.S.): GMAT required
Business Administration (M.B.A. or Ph.D.): GMAT required
Economics (Ph.D.): GMAT or GRE
Health Administration (M.H.A.): GMAT or GRE
Public Administration (M.P.A. or Ph.D.): GMAT or GRE
Public Health (M.P.H.): GMAT or GRE

To register for these tests, go to <www.ets.org/>, or write to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541, for information concerning the appropriate examination. The tests are administered throughout the year and test scores generally require six weeks for delivery. It is important, therefore, that the applicant take the appropriate test well in advance of the application deadline in order to allow ample time for scores to be received in the Graduate School.

Test scores must be sent directly to the University of Kentucky Graduate School from ETS.

International Application Fee. International applicants for admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School must pay a $55 application fee. A check or money order in United States funds made payable to THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY should accompany the completed application. Applications will be processed upon receipt of the fee. NO CASH, PLEASE.

Financial Resources Requirement. Entering international students must certify that they have at least $22,967* available for each 12-month period of study. Master's of Business Administration students must certify $23,472* due to higher tuition rates for that program. It is estimated that this amount will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and meals, health insurance (explained below) and incidentals, for a single person. Applicants must certify $6,000* per year for their spouse and $4,000* per year for each additional dependent. An I-20 (or IAP-66) is issued to applicants who have been academically accepted only upon receipt of acceptable financial information.

All students need to arrive with a minimum of $1500, or $2000 if bringing dependent(s). Self-supported students must have on hand at the beginning of each registration $8,793 to pay for tuition and fees, room and board, and health insurance.

*Subject to change without notice.

Health History Form. All international students must obtain a tuberculin screening test and reading, and complete a health history form from the Student Health Service before registration will be allowed. This should be done as soon as possible following arrival on the University campus. (See also Health Services.)

Application Deadlines for International Student Admission

Applications for admission by international students must be received by the Graduate School by February 1 for the fall semester and June 15 for the following spring semester. No application will be considered until all supporting documents have been received and the application file is complete. The Graduate School cannot guarantee full consideration of application files that remain incomplete (i.e., missing transcripts or official scores) after April 15 for fall admission or September 15 for spring admission.

Special Admission Categories

Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Students

Students who hold a baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited institution of higher learning and who wish to pursue graduate study without a degree objective may apply for admission as post-baccalaureate graduate students.

Post-baccalaureate status is not a form of probationary admission to a degree-granting graduate program.

An application for admission to the Graduate School as a post-baccalaureate graduate student should be filed in the Admissions Office at least two weeks in advance of the registration date for the term in which the student plans to enroll. An original or a photocopy of a transcript showing an awarded bachelors degree must accompany the application. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or better and a 3.0 on all previous graduate work (both on a 4-point scale) are required by the Graduate School for admission.

Post-baccalaureate students may take graduate courses for graduate credit. Permission to enter any graduate class as a post-baccalaureate student will be granted only if the student meets the prerequisites for that course and if space is available.

A post-baccalaureate student who later wishes to apply to enter a degree-granting graduate program must have a 3.0 or better grade point average on all course work, graduate or undergraduate, attempted as a post-baccalaureate. A standard application form or written notice requesting consideration for admission to a specific program and stating the term for which enrollment is desired must be presented to the Graduate School. Calendar deadlines for application noted in the front of this Bulletin should be observed.

A maximum of 9 semester hours or 25 percent of the credits required for the degree concerned (exclusive of residence or thesis credit, research and independent study), whichever is greater, may later be transferred from post-baccalaureate status to a master's or specialist degree program at the University of Kentucky. All such transfers of credit hours into a graduate program must be approved by that program's Director of Graduate Studies and by the Dean of the Graduate School. A grade of A or B must have been earned in the course or courses to be transferred (see Transfer of Credits).

Non-Degree Certification Students

The University of Kentucky offers admission to students pursuing course work applicable toward non-degree certification. These include, for example, Rank I Certification and Fifth Year Certification through the College of Education. This is a separate type of admission, which differs from post-baccalaureate status. Minimally, the Graduate School requires applicants for certification to meet the same admission requirements as for post-baccalaureate status, but the unit often imposes additional and more rigorous requirements for admission. It is best to consult with the Director of Graduate Studies in the specific area for which certification is sought prior to applying.

Certification students who later wish to transfer credits into a master's or specialist program at the University of Kentucky may do so. The requirements and limitations are the same as for any transfer of credits into such a program.

Provisional Admission

Students wishing to pursue an advanced degree who are temporarily ineligible for regular graduate admission status may be recommended by the Director of Graduate Studies for provisional admission status in the following cases:

1. Missing transcripts or other requirements for admission such as letters of recommendation;

2. Temporary waiver of the Graduate Record Examination (not to exceed one semester);

3. Deficiencies determined by the program;

4. Temporary ineligibility for regular admission status because program only reviews applications once a year;

5. Graduating University of Kentucky seniors lacking no more than six hours for graduation; the consent of the college dean and the Dean of the Graduate School and approval of the Director of Graduate Studies are necessary. Students may take no more than 12 credit hours and must complete the undergraduate degree during the semester in which they enroll in the provisional status (see Graduating Seniors as Part-Time Graduate Students below).

Provisional status is permitted for a maximum of one full-time semester or up to 12 hours, after which the student's record will be reviewed. Within 30 days into the following semester, and on recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies, the student will be changed from provisional to regular program status, or dropped from the graduate program entirely.

Graduating Seniors as Part-Time Graduate Students

Seniors at the University of Kentucky lacking no more than 6 credit hours for graduation and having an undergraduate average of at least 2.75 on all work attempted may register in the Graduate School in provisional status with the consent of the undergraduate college dean, the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies, and the Dean of the Graduate School. The total load of such students may not exceed 12 credit hours. Graduate credit will be allowed for each credit hour of graduate work beyond the six or fewer credit hours needed to complete undergraduate requirements. Requirements for the undergraduate degree must be completed during the semester in which the student is allowed to register for part-time graduate work. Students applying for admission to the Graduate School under these conditions must fill out a petition form listing the course or courses to be taken to complete the undergraduate requirements. Petition forms are available in the Graduate School.

University Scholars Program
(Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program)

The University Scholars Program offers particularly gifted and highly motivated students the opportunity of integrating their undergraduate and graduate courses of study in a single continuous program culminating in both a baccalaureate and a master's degree. The total number of hours for the combined program may be as many as 12 fewer than the total required for both the bachelor's and the master's degrees separately. The requirements for the bachelor's degree are unaffected.

Application to the program should be submitted at the end of the student's junior year. Applicants should have completed at least 90 credit hours of work toward the bachelor's degree, or be eligible for senior standing in the semester they are admitted to the program. The master's program should be in the field of the undergraduate major, and the undergraduate grade point average must be at least a 3.5 in the applicant's major field and 3.2 overall.

University Scholars may take no more than 16 credit hours per semester, except by recommendation of their Director of Graduate Studies and by approval of the Dean of the Graduate School. Students must have an undergraduate advisor and a graduate advisor. A jointly planned program must be prepared for each student.

Applicants to a University Scholars program must fill out and have signed a University Scholars application form, which is available in the Graduate School. This form should be returned along with the standard Graduate School application form.

The Dean of the Graduate School will make admission decisions. Students must register in the Graduate School for all work taken following admission to the University Scholars Program and pay graduate tuition and fees. Enrollment in the University Scholars Program can have a significant impact on financial aid arrangements for undergraduates receiving federal financial aid and/or university scholarships. Students receiving undergraduate financial aid should consult with the Graduate School Fellowship Office prior to enrolling in the University Scholars Program in order to determine how enrollment will affect their aid. Also, University Scholars are eligible to participate in graduate student fellowship competitions.

University Scholars may take no more than 16 credit hours per semester, except by recommendation of their Director of Graduate Studies and by approval of the Dean of the Graduate School. Students must have an undergraduate advisor and a graduate advisor. A jointly planned program must be prepared for each student.

The following graduate programs participate in University Scholars:

Agricultural Economics
Anthropology
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Classics
Communication
Computer Science
Diplomacy and International Commerce
Electrical Engineering
Family Studies
Forestry
French
Geography
History
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Music
Physics
Public Administration
Sociology
Spanish
Statistics

University of Kentucky/Lexington Theological Seminary Double Competency Program

The Lexington Theological Seminary and the University of Kentucky have established a double-competency program to educate qualified students whose career interests are social work and the ministry. Interested students should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Social Work.

University of Kentucky/Asbury Theological Seminary Double Competency Program

Asbury Theological Seminary and the University of Kentucky have established a double-competency program for students whose interests are social work and the ministry. Interested students should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Social Work.

Collaborative Curriculum Leading to the Master of Music in Sacred Music

The UK School of Music offers the Master of Music with an emphasis in Sacred Music; this degree involves the completion of core course work at the University of Kentucky, as well as 6-9 credits of course work at an accredited seminary or other appropriate institution. One option available to the student involves a collaborative curriculum between the University of Kentucky and Lexington Theological Seminary leading to the award of the Master of Music from UK, and the Master of Arts in Church Music from Lexington Theological Seminary. Interested students should contact the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Kentucky School of Music.

Dual Degree Programs

B.S. in Engineering/M.B.A.

The College of Business and Economics and the College of Engineering offer the opportunity to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees in a five-year dual degree program. In addition to regular engineering courses, prerequisite undergraduate courses in accounting, economics, and statistics are taken during the first three years of study to prepare students for management, economics, business, and finance M.B.A. courses. The students' senior year marks the beginning of the graduate M.B.A. courses and interaction with non-engineering M.B.A. students. During the summer prior to the fifth year, the students participate in study abroad designed expressly for the program, thereby enhancing and broadening their cross-cultural experience.

B.S. in Engineering/M.P.A.

The Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and the College of Engineering offer the opportunity to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.) and Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degrees in a five-year dual degree program. Typically, students will enroll in the College of Engineering as freshmen and take courses required for the B.S. degree through the junior year. During the senior or fourth year, students will begin to take M.P.A. courses. In the fifth year, students will take M.P.A. classes exclusively. Students must complete an internship in the summer following the fifth year of course work.

J.D./M.A. Diplomacy

The University of Kentucky offers a year and half, 30-hour Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Diplomacy through the Graduate School. The College of Law offers a three-year, 90-hour Juris Doctorate (J.D.). The J.D./M.A. dual degree is the only one of its type offered in the Commonwealth. It permits students to gain both degrees in a total time period of one semester less than if the degrees were earned independently. For information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce or the College of Law.

J.D./M.B.A.

The College of Business and Economics and the College of Law offer the opportunity to obtain the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees in a dual degree program. Because both schools recognize that some aspects of business and law are compatible and interrelated, students can usually obtain both degrees in less time than if the degrees were pursued separately. As a result, students gain marketable skills and specialized employment opportunities in less time than might otherwise be required. Students interested in the J.D./M.B.A. program must apply to both the College of Law and the Graduate School.

J.D./M.P.A.

The University of Kentucky offers a two-year, 45-hour professional Master of Public Administration degree through the Graduate School. The College of Law offers a three-year, 90-hour Juris Doctorate. The M.P.A. program has been professionally reviewed and recognized by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The J.D./M.P.A. dual degree is the only one of its type offered in the Commonwealth. It permits students to gain both degrees in a total time period of one year less than if the degrees were earned independently. For information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Public Administration or the College of Law.

M.D./M.B.A.

The University of Kentucky M.D./M.B.A. program is designed to provide students with the necessary educational foundation so that they not only are prepared to begin practice as doctors, but also to assume managerial responsibility in a variety of health care settings. The integrated, sequenced program of study consists of the full, four-year Kentucky Medical Curriculum and foundation business courses followed by M.B.A. courses. The program may normally be completed in five years. Students interested in the program must apply to both the College of Medicine and the Graduate School.

M.D./M.P.H.

The University of Kentucky M.D./M.P.H. combined degree provides well-trained physicians with additional skills and knowledge in public health policies and procedures, enabling them to provide service to individuals within the context of a healthy community and its unique population characteristics. With careful planning, the M.D. and M.P.H. tracks can be completed in five years. Students interested in the program must apply to both the College of Medicine and the Graduate School.

Pharm.D./M.B.A.

The College of Business and Economics and the College of Pharmacy offer the opportunity to obtain the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees in a dual degree program. Students can usually obtain both degrees in four years plus three summers instead of the five and one-half years required if the degrees were pursued separately. The dual degree program is designed to provide students with the necessary educational foundation so that they not only are prepared to begin practice as a pharmacist, but to assume managerial responsibility in a variety of health care settings. A student desiring admission into the dual degree program will be required to apply formally and independently to both programs.

Pharm.D./M.P.A.

The University of Kentucky offers a two-year, 45-hour professional Master of Public Administration degree through the Graduate School. The College of Pharmacy offers a four-year, 158-hour Doctor of Pharmacy. The Pharm.D./M.P.A. dual degree is the only one of its type offered in the Commonwealth. The dual degree program permits a student to gain both degrees in a total time period less than if the degrees were earned independently. The dual degree program is highly desirable for persons seeking careers in state and federal regulatory and administrative agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, managed care organizations, and academia. For information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Public Administration or the College of Pharmacy.

Pharm.D./M.S. in Economics

The College of Business and Economics and the College of Pharmacy offer the opportunity to obtain the Master of Science (M.S.) in Economics and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees in a dual degree program. The dual degree program permits a student to gain both degrees in a total time period less than if the degrees were earned independently.

Individuals grounded in both economic analysis and clinical skills provide an increasingly important and unique interface between practitioners and managers to balance clinical decision making with financial realities. The dual degree is highly desirable for persons seeking careers in government, the pharmaceutical industry, institutional settings, managed care organizations, pharmacy benefit management organizations, and academia. A student desiring admission into the dual degree program will be required to apply formally and independently to both programs.

M.D./Ph.D. Combined Studies

Students combining studies toward a Ph.D. degree and an M.D. degree in one of the established programs of the Graduate School must be admitted to both programs. Before applying for admission to the Graduate School, applicants should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies of the graduate area of interest.

Copies of the guidelines for students wishing to pursue the combined M.D./Ph.D. degrees may be obtained in the office of the Associate Dean for Academic Administration in the Graduate School.

Visiting Students

Students who are enrolled in a graduate program at another institution and plan to attend the University of Kentucky as Visiting Students need not submit transcripts. Students must, however, request a Visiting Student form from the Graduate School office when filing an application. Visiting Student admission is for one semester only and credit earned in that status is not applicable to a University of Kentucky degree.

Readmission

Former University of Kentucky graduate students in good standing are eligible for readmission within one academic year. Otherwise, readmission is contingent upon the approval of the student's program. Students must file an application for readmission by the stated deadlines (see Calendar). No application fee is assessed for students seeking readmission. Readmission information and forms can be found on the Web at <www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/domapp/readmdm.shtml>.

GRADUATE ADMISSION

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All applicants must submit scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing portions of the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) , unless their chosen program is listed below . This rule may be waived in individual cases upon recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies in the individual department or program. However, in cases where waivers are granted, the GRE scores must be submitted before the end of the first semester of graduate study. The advanced portion of the GRE may be required by individual programs. The Graduate School will continue to require GRE scores for all Graduate School fellowship applications.

Approved substitutions:
Accounting (M.S.): GMAT required
Business Administration (M.B.A.  or Ph.D.): GMAT required
Economics (Ph.D.): GMAT or GRE
Health Administration (M.H.A.): GMAT or GRE
Public Administration (M.P.A. or Ph.D.): GMAT or GRE
Public Health (M.P.H.): GMAT or GRE

Students who have earned an academic doctorate are exempt from the GRE/GMAT requirement.

See <www.gre.org/> for more information.

Support Services for the International Student

International Student Services. International Students and Scholars Services division, part of the Office of International Affairs, is the focal point for international student services. It orients students to a new educational system and to American culture, and provides a continuing source of information, counsel, and friendship through their stay. The Office is charged with the responsibility of interpreting immigration regulations which affect international students and scholars. It also sponsors cross-cultural programs on campus and in the community designed to encourage communication and understanding between Americans and internationals. Among the programs offered are the Cosmopolitan Club, Welcome and Orientation Week, and the International Hospitality Program. The Office of International Affairs is located in Bradley Hall.

Health Services. The University has an excellent health care clinic for outpatient care that is of special importance to international students (see section on Health Services). All international students on F-1, F-2, J-1, and J-2 visas are automatically enrolled in the University of Kentucky student insurance plan. Students who have purchased health insurance in their home country may be eligible for a waiver. Because of the extremely high cost of medical care, it is imperative that a student have insurance for himself or herself, spouse, and children. Health insurance application forms can be obtained in Bradley Hall.

Program in English for International Students. The English Department sponsors the Center for English as a Second Language. The Center offers eight-week terms of study; students may join in June, August, October, January, or March. Students receive 160 hours of intensive English instruction in an eight-week period. No college credit is given for the course of study, but students are given certificates of completion for the Center's program. Sometimes students are admitted to the Graduate School contingent upon successful completion of the program. The Center is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. The fee is $1,480* for instruction; room, board, and textbooks are not included in the fee. For further information, go to <www.uky.edu/AS/English/cesl/> or write to the Center for English as a Second Language, 1235 Patterson Office Tower, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506.
*Subject to change without notice.

Sponsored International Graduate Students. International graduate students financed and monitored by sponsoring agencies can be provided with special placement, advising, and management services. Literature describing these services is available from the Office of International Affairs. The sponsoring agency is assessed a fee of $300 per semester per student for these special services.

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