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Political Science Graduate Program

Admission to NDS Status

Any applicant seeking to be admitted as a non-degree seeking student must submit an application at https://graduate.ku.edu/apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants must include the materials below in their application.

Statement of Purpose

The applicant should address their academic preparedness and personal motivation for taking coursework in the Department of Political Science.

  • If you intend to enroll in coursework via NDS status for non-graduate study pursuits and personal interests, please specify what courses you would like to complete in the department in the personal statement.
  • If you intend to use completed NDS coursework to strengthen your profile for graduate study, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies to determine your options. Completion of NDS coursework to fulfill prerequisites will not guarantee admission to the KU graduate program in Political Science. However, students who have studied political science and/or gained appropriate experience via self-study and who lack fulfillment of academic area prerequisites may consider applying to the department as NDS students to make up any gaps in academic study.

Copy of Official Transcript(s)

Applicants must provide a copy of an official transcript from all post-secondary institutions they’ve attended. Copies of official transcript(s) can be uploaded directly into the online application. If admitted, applicants must have an official, sealed transcript sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Proof of English Proficiency

All applicants to graduate study at the University of Kansas who are self-identified non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency. Please visit https://graduate.ku.edu/english-proficiency-requirements for more information regarding verification of English proficiency.


Thank you again for your interest in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas. If after reviewing the material, you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Cornelius Baker
Graduate Academic Advisor

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