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

Program Spring Admissions Summer Admissions Fall Priority Admissions Fall Regular Admissions Classes Begin
Ph.D. N/A N/A December 1 N/A August
Executive Ed.D. N/A N/A December 1 N/A August
Superintendent Certification December 1, 2020 April 1, 2021 N/A May 1, 2021
  • Spring: January 2021
  • Summer: May 2021
  • Fall: August 2021
Principal Program Ed.S. N/A N/A January 15, 2021 August 9, 2021 (open) August 2021
Teacher Leader Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) and Ed.S (non-principalship) N/A N/A January 15, 2021 August 9, 2021 (open)
  • Spring: January 2021
  • Fall: August 2021
Graduate Certificates

  • Deeper Learning
  • School Technology Leadership
  • Instructional Coaching
December 1, 2020 (Open) April 1, 2021 N/A August 9, 2021 (open)
  • Spring: January 2021
  • Summer: May 2021
  • Fall: August 2021


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. This may include a curriculum vita, personal statement, writing sample or an assistantship application. The documents required for our programs must be uploaded to the university’s application system.

Please visit the Admissions section on each of our our Degrees pages to see the required information for the program you are applying to.

The Department of Educational Leadership Studies is test-free for admission. This means applicants are considered for admission without submission of GRE scores. Learn how EDL is test-free.

Step 3: Gather your materials

Prior to beginning your application, it is important for you to have gathered all necessary documents. Depending on the program you’re interested in these documents may vary. Please refer to Step 2 above. Please pay particular attention to the following criteria:

Request a copy of your official Transcripts: You will be asked to upload copies of transcripts (official or unofficial) from all higher education institutions attended and, in the case of domestic students, to self-report cumulative GPA’s for each institution. If you are offered admission and decide to enroll you will then be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School.

Once admitted, official transcripts should be sent:

Electronically to:

By mail to:
Graduate Admissions
202 Gillis Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0033

You may also choose to use the National Student Clearinghouse, which most institutions send transcripts securely through.

Determine who your recommenders will be. Some EDL programs require 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.

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. 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. 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. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old.

Please note that the language score for international applicants who have received a degree from a U.S. institution is waived.

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

Students will be contacted following the submission of application. Applicant reviews for admittance to all programs will occur once per month.