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.
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.
Students seeking admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School satisfy the following requirements:
All application materials (including all transcripts and official scores) must be received no later than one month before the beginning of the term the applicant intends to begin graduate work (see Calendar).
Application forms are available on the Web at <www.research.uky.edu/gs/gsapplication.html> or can be obtained from:
The Graduate School
The Gillis Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington , KY 40506-0033
The following additional requirements apply to international applicants
International applications 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.
Upon arrival, admitted international students:
Former University of Kentucky graduate students who are in good academic standing are eligible for readmission within one academic year. Beyond this time point, 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.research.uky.edu/gs/domapp/readmdm.html>.
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 conditional admission status in the following cases:
These requirements will be monitored by the Graduate School and must be met prior to the date set for priority registration in the first semester of enrollment. Students will not be allowed to priority register if these requirements are not met.
Programs will also have the option to recommend that students be admitted “conditionally” for other reasons including:
These requirements will be monitored by the program; the Graduate School should be notified when they have been met so that the student's status can be changed to regular admission. Approval to proceed with the doctoral qualifying examination or the master's final examination will not be granted to student's remaining in conditional status.
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. Note that post-baccalaureate status is not a form of probationary admission to a degree-granting graduate program. 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.
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 3.0 on all previous graduate work (both on a 4-point scale) are required by the Graduate School for admission.
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, must be presented to the Graduate School requesting admission to a specific program, and stating the term for which enrollment is desired. 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).
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 conditional 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 .
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 less than the total required for 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.
The following graduate programs participate in University Scholars:
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Diplomacy and International Commerce (Patterson School)
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
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.
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.
When appropriate resources are available, the appropriate Chancellor or the Vice President for Research, upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate School and the department affected, welcomes visiting scholars as guests of the University, and grants the privilege of auditing seminars and research courses and of conducting research. Normally there will be no charge except for laboratory expenses. Negotiations for such arrangements should be made in advance through the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School .
Postdoctoral fellowships are available in many research programs. Information concerning the terms of these fellowships is available in the individual departments. Postdoctoral fellows are required to register with the Graduate School through their departments.
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.
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.
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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.
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 .
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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 .