Graduate Program Admissions

Admission Criteria

Prospective graduate students need to recognize that admission to our graduate program is very selective. We only accept a limited number of students each year. While the minimum admission requirement is a 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0, the average GPA of students selected for our program is 3.8. We have no set criteria for GREs of students that we accept, but the successful applicant must have GRE scores consistent with University of Kentucky standards. Our admission decisions are based on a composite of information about the applicant, not merely one factor. The composite includes but is not limited to: GREs, grades, personal achievements/involvement during school or since graduation, awareness about the disciplines in CSD, service activities, potential to contribute to the cultural diversity of our program, letters of recommendation. A strong personal statement reflects your experiences and what unique attributes you would bring to our program.

Application Instructions (Please note: Application materials received after the posted deadline will not be considered in admission review.)

Prospective Students:

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When a student is accepted into the graduate program, the Director of Graduate Studies forwards a letter of acceptance to the student. To accept admission a CSD Tuition Deposit is required.


At orientation students are provided the name of the academic advisor from among the CSD faculty. Graduate students will meet with their advisors at least three times during their program of study.

Program Visit Information

If you are interested in visiting UK and touring our facilities for our graduate program,  please email to sign up. For your convenience, we offer three scheduled group tours in the fall of 2019; October 25, November 15 and December 20.