Graduate Admissions

Application Materials Needed

In order for applications to be considered, the following materials must be submitted online with the application.

  • 1 official transcript from each post-secondary school
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Official GRE score report
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score report (international students only)
  • Statement of Financial Resources (international students only)

DO NOT send: paper documents, certificates or transcripts not related to post-secondary schooling, conference papers, journal articles, or other reports

Documentation sent in addition to that requested above is not required and may be destroyed.

*All application materials must be received before any kind of decision is made.

  1. GRE score report codes:
    • Institution Code: 6871
    • Program Code: 1601
  2. TOEFL score report codes: (International students only)
    • Institution Code: 6871
    • Program Code: 63

Admissions Deadline

Our department priority deadlines for admission are:

  • Fall Admission:  December 1
  • Spring & Summer Admission:  September 15

For full consideration for fellowships, scholarships and research/teaching assistantships, applications should be received by the priority deadlines. Application materials should indicate an interest in financial assistance or research/teaching assistantships.

Document Specifications

Application Fees:

Domestic Students:Online $65

International Students:Online $85


If admitted, official transcripts must be sent for all applicants - including KU undergraduate students. In order for transcripts to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the institution either by mail or e-mailed directly to the university. KU does not consider transcripts that come from applicants or that have been in the applicant's possession as official. Your official transcript must be received- sent directly from your institution – before any admissions decisions will be made. Degree conferral transcripts must be received by the end of your first semester of graduate enrollment to be eligible to continue enrollment. The official transcript must show that your undergraduate degree has been conferred.

Letters of Recommendation

Recommenders will receive instructions on submission at the time the application is submitted, this includes the recommendation form and instructions for uploading documents. Please use full first and last name of all recommenders. Recommendations must be submitted through this process. Letters uploaded by the applicant are not valid.


GRE Requirements

NOTICE:  GRE scores are not required for admission but are still encouraged for financial awards.

Applicants must have a minimum of 50% on the Verbal and Analytical sections of the GRE and 85% on the Quantitative section. Applicants with lower scores, but otherwise exceptional records, are considered for provisional admission. GRE scores must be received by the University directly from ETS. Student copies or copies provided by the student are not official.

Non-English Speaking Students

An official copy of an applicant's English proficiency standardized test scores (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE) must be received before the application will be considered for admission. Scores must not be more than two years old prior to the semester of first enrollment. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University in order to be considered original. Student copies or copies submitted by students are not official.

Statement of Financial Resources

As a part of the application process, all international students must submit credible evidence of financial support for the first year of study. Financial documents must be less than 6 months old, indicating the type and amount of currency in US dollars. Details about acceptable financial support is at International Support Services. Information regarding the cost of attendance for the first year is at International Student Estimated Cost of Attendance.


Contact Information

KU Office of Graduate Studies

313 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7535
Website:  Graduate Studies

KU Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program

2120 Learned Hall
1530 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, Kansas, 66045

Admissions Standards

Students who wish to apply for admission to the Aerospace Engineering graduate program must have, as a minimum, a BSAE degree or a BS degree in a closely-related field from a university or college with a program equivalent to the KU BSAE program. Students applying with either a BS degree from an aerospace engineering program that is not equivalent to the KU BSAE program or a BS degree from a non-aerospace engineering program may have to make-up certain undergraduate AE courses at the discretion of the department graduate advisor. Such students will be admitted provisionally until a plan of study for make-up courses is completed.

Regular Admission

Master’s program regular admission requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

Doctoral program regular admission requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 for courses taken as part of a master’s program.

Provisional Admission

International students are not eligible for provisional admission due to the Department of Homeland Security requirements.

In exceptional cases, applicants with a GPA between 2.75-2.99 may be granted provisional admission. Students with educational backgrounds other than Aerospace Engineering may be admitted provisionally.

Provisional students must achieve a 3.0 GPA by the end of their first semester. Failure to achieve the minimum GPA can result in dismissal. In extenuating circumstances, a student may be allowed to continual provisionally for one additional semester.

Students admitted provisionally are not eligible to hold Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) appointments.

English Proficiency Requirement

All students who are not native speakers of English and/or international students and who are admitted to campus-based programs are required to check-in at the Applied English Center (AEC) upon arrival on campus. At that time, the AEC will confirm the student's level of English proficiency and determine if English courses are required. Any courses required as a result of the AEC Proficiency Test must be completed within 3 semesters of initial enrollment. Failure to complete the English proficiency requirement within this time limit may result in dismissal from the Aerospace Engineering graduate program.

Financial Aid

A variety of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are available to graduate students through the School of Engineering and KU.