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Application Requirements

Application Materials Needed

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

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1. Graduate Application for Admission with fee
2. GRE score report
3. One official copy of transcripts from each post-secondary university attended
4. Statement of Objectives form
5. Three letters of recommendation
6. TOEFL or IELTS score reports (International students only)
7. Statement of Financial Resources (International students only)
8. Curriculum Vitae (optional)

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

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

* Do not send paper documents unless requested.

Admissions Deadline

Our department deadlines for admission are:

  • September 15 - Spring and Summer
  • December 1 - Fall

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

Document Specifications

Application Fees:
Domestic Students: Online $65
International Students: Online $85

Statement of Financial Resources:

As a part of the application process, all 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. If the bank account is not in the applicant's name, please attach a statement signed by the account holder indicating the relationship to the student for whom the support will be provided.  There is no form for the Statement of Financial Resources, please send only the form(s) of documentation listed below.  Applications cannot be submitted for consideration without the proper financial documentation.

Acceptable evidence includes:
  • Bank statement from checking, savings, stock holdings and/or certificate of deposit
  • Bank letter on letterhead indicating date account opened, average balance and current balance
  • Scholarship or sponsorship letter verifying amount, source and dates of award

Letters of Recommendation

The letter of recommendation form should be completed and sent with a signed document from your chosen references (Graduate Letters of Recommendation Form).  Recommenders will receive instructions on submission at the time the application is submitted.

Statement of Purpose

Applicants are required to describe exactly what they wish to study in their statement of purpose. This statement should be precise and brief. The statement is a means of helping the Admissions Committee match your academic and research interests with those of our faculty (this is very important if you are applying for financial support). It should not be a personal life history; it should contain only such personal details as will aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application. Describe exactly what you wish to study at KU. "Aerospace Engineering", for example is not specific enough.

Contact Information

KU Graduate School:

The University of Kansas
Graduate Applications Processing Center
1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 313
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7535
785-864-8040

E-mail Office of Research and Graduate Studies

Research and Graduate Studies Website

Aerospace Engineering Graduate Advisor:

Graduate Director
The University of Kansas
Aerospace Engineering
2120 Learned Hall
1530 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, Kansas, 66045

E-mail Graduate Director, Dr. Charlie Zheng, at aerohawk@ku.edu

Admissions Standards

Minimum Requirements for Masters Applicants

Students who wish to apply for admission to the MSAE or MEAE programs must have as a minimum: a BSAE degree 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 which is not equivalent to the KU BSAE program, or: a BS degree from a non-aerospace engineering program will have to make up certain undergraduate AE courses at the discretion of the department graduate advisor. Such make-up courses will not count toward the MSAE or MEAE degree.  Internships cannot be guaranteed.

Minimum Requirements for Doctoral Applicants

Students applying for admission to the Ph.D. or D.E. programs must have as a minimum an M.S. or M.E. in Aerospace Engineering, unless they are admitted on a Fast Track basis with a bachelor degree in engineering. The department graduate advisor will evaluate the total academic preparation to determine if additional courses are required to prepare the student for graduate work in aerospace engineering. Any undergraduate courses which must be taken do not carry graduate credit. Internships are not guaranteed.

Except for BSAE, MSAE or MEAE graduates from KU, all applicants must supply a recent Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with their academic record and performance. Applicants must have as a minimum a GPA of 3.5/4.0 for all courses taken during their M.S. or M.E. program.

GPA Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for a regular admission status. In exceptional cases applicants with a GPA of between 2.75-2.99 may be granted provisional admission. In such instances the student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 during the first semester of graduate study at KU. Grades of D and F are not accepted. A student failing to maintain these standards will be dismissed from the graduate program. On rare occasions and as supported by other strong evidence of achievement (e.g., significant industrial experience), a provisional admission status may be granted to students with a cumulative GPA below 2.75. After one semester of full-time graduate studies and maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0, a provisionally-admitted student has to file a petition to change his/her status to regular status.

Applicants from outside KU must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with their academic performance.

Transfer Credit for Graduate Courses

Up to six hours of approved graduate work may be transferred to KU from other universities. Students with a BS degree from KU may transfer up to eight hours of approved graduate work from other universities.

GRE Requirements

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 record, will be considered for provisional admission.

English Proficiency Requirements

Refer to link to for university policy.

Receipt of an official copy (not student's copy) of an applicant's English proficiency standardized test scores (e.g. TOEFL) achieved not more than two years prior to the semester of first enrollment.

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.

Financial Aid

A variety of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are available to graduate students through the School of Engineering and KU. Learn more: http://www.engr.ku.edu/prospective/graduate/scholarships.html

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