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Please also note an important change in the availability of our online doctoral programs.


The following deadlines supersede information contained on the University of Kentucky Graduate School program page.


Program Application Deadline Start
Superintendent Certification-Only TBA TBA
Ph.D. February 15, 2016 Fall 2016
Executive Ed.D. February 15, 2016 Fall 2016
Principal Program TBA Fall 2016
All other M.Ed., Ed.S. and Certificate programs May 15, 2016 Fall 2016

*Note: International students should submit application one month prior to the date(s) listed.

How to Apply to EDL (2)

How to Apply

Step 1: Start an account with the University of Kentucky Graduate School

You may establish an account here.

Step 2: Determine what information you’ll need

Depending on the program you’re interested in you may need different things. These are called program specific requirements. This may include a curriculum vita, personal statement, writing sample or an assistantship application. The documents required for our programs must also be uploaded to the application; you can review these requirements here.

Step 3: Gather your materials

Determine who your recommenders will be. Most EDL programs require four (4) letters of recommendation. As part of the application you will be asked to supply contact information for the number of recommendations required by your program. Once your application has been submitted, the system will contact each person identified and their recommendations will be submitted directly to us. You can check back into your application at any time to see who has submitted a recommendation.

Have your GRE scores on hand, if required. Educational Leadership Studies requires that applicants submit current GRE scores for admission to its doctoral degree programs. Applicants will be asked to self-report these scores on the application (you can also supply a future date for taking the test). We will however also require official scores from the ETS or another method. These scores will be incorporated into your application and compared against self-reported scores to ensure consistency.

GRE scores should be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service (ETS); the Institution Code for the GRE for UK Graduate School is R1837.

We strongly suggest that applicants have scores at the following levels or higher. Please review the following very carefully. Not all our programs have the same expectations for GRE performance.

Non-degree seeking certificate-only applicants (e.g. University of Kentucky Graduate Certificate in School Technology Leadership; State of Kentucky Superintendent Certificate)

  • No GRE required.

MEd and EdS degrees

  • No GRE required.

Leadership EdD

  • GRE required.
  • A combined Verbal & Quantitative score of 1000 (old GRE scale) or 300 (new GRE scale).
  • Analytical Writing: 4.0 or percentile rank of 49.


GRE Preparation: UK’s Academic Enhancement offers a GRE prep course open to all students interested in taking the GRE, non-UK students and individuals not currently enrolled in school are also welcome to attend. The GRE Prep Course explores the math and verbal portions of the exam through 4 hours of instruction and practice. The cost of the GRE prep course is $100 for math and $100 for verbal.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores: All applicants whose native language is not English will be asked to self-report one of these scores on the application. As for GRE scores, we also require official language scores be sent to us directly from the reporting agency.

TOEFL scores should be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service (ETS); the Institution Code for the TOEFL for UK Graduate School is R1837.

IELTS scores should be sent directly to us from the International English Language Testing Service specifying the University of Kentucky Graduate School, Lexington, Kentucky as the recipient institution

For the Graduate School, the minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5; individual programs may however have higher requirements. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old.

Step 4: Upload your materials

All materials gathered must be uploaded in electronic format to the online application system. If you have any questions about UK’s online application process to Graduate School, you may either send an e-mail to or call either 859.257.9390 or 859.257.4905.

Step 5: Submit your application

Once you have uploaded all the required materials and set up your recommendation requests you can pay the application fee and submit your application.

Step 6: Check on your recommenders

You may log in to your application at any time to check on the progress of your recommenders.

Step 7: Await our review your materials

We review applications in the middle to late portion of each Spring Semester.