Admissions FAQ

Q: How many students are accepted?

A: In a given admission cycle, the number we accept will depend on how many students are applying to a particular area of study and how this matches with our faculty resources.

Q: I’d like to get started early. Does your department allow post-baccalaureate (POBA) students to take EPE classes?

A: Yes, we allow POBA students to enroll in most of our courses with the exception of the EPE 601 “Proseminar.” Occasionally we will restrict POBA enrollment in classes to assure seats for our incoming students.

Q: Do you have minimum requirements for GRE scores. Do you have minimum requirements for undergraduate or graduate GPA?

A: We require that all prospective students submit GRE scores as part of their application. We do not have a minimum for test scores, undergraduate or graduate GPA’s. We consider the complete application, especially evidence of critical reading, writing, and analytic abilities as well as indications of commitment to completing the degree and potential for excellence in the field.

Q: I have not yet taken the GRE, or I took the GRE a long time ago.

A: We will accept any official GRE scores regardless of date. If ETS no longer has the scores on file, the Graduate School will accept scores sent DIRECTLY to them from another institution. They must be verified by that institution (for example, on university letterhead with an official signature). If you had scores sent to UK as part of a prior application, they may still be on file, but you will need to confirm this with the Graduate School.

Q: How long/how many credit hours are required? What courses are required?

A: Our master’s degree programs require 31 credit hours of coursework, including internship credit if applicable. Requirements for both master’s degrees include the EPE 601 “Proseminar” (1 credit hour) to orient you to the department and at least 3 credit hours of inquiry-based coursework.

Both our doctoral programs and the college PhD in Ed Sciences are typically 43 credit hours. This includes 9-15 credit hours of inquiry-based coursework, at least six hours outside the College of Education, and a program of study organized around the student’s topical and conceptual interests. Doctoral program plans, including the final number of credit hours required for degree, must be approved by the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee. Doctoral students are also required to take the EPE 601 “Proseminar” (1 credit hour). All doctoral students are required to register for EPE 767 “Dissertation Residency Credit” for two credit hours per semester until the successful defense of their dissertations. Enrollment in EPE 767 begins upon successful completion of the Qualifying Examination.

Up to nine credit hours of graduate coursework not previously applied to a prior degree may be transferred into any of our degree programs at the discretion of the student’s Master’s or Doctoral Advisory Committee.

Q: I have credits earned at another institution (or another UK program). Will I be able to transfer my prior coursework?

A: The University of Kentucky allows graduate students to transfer up to nine hours into their program of study with the approval of their advisory committee. Which courses will transfer and how many credit hours will transfer cannot be determined prior to admission, but because our programs are individually designed, students are often able to transfer prior credit that is reasonably related to their current program interests. Credits received as part of the program of study for a previously received graduate degree are not eligible for transfer.

Q: How many hours are considered full time? Can I pursue my degree part-time?

A: A load of nine credit hours is considered full-time by the University of Kentucky Graduate School. Enrollment in more than 12 hours per semester requires the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. Most of our students, however, are employed full-time and working on their degrees part-time. Part-time students typically take one or two courses (3-6 hours) a semester.

Q: Will your class schedule fit my work/family schedule?

A: Most EPE courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening (4-6:30pm or 7-9:30pm). Other department courses are offered during lunch hours, which can be convenient for students working in Lexington. EPE courses are also offered during the summer intersessions. Occasionally courses are offered via distance education (on-line) or in a weekend hybrid model.

Q: How much will it cost?

A: Current tuition rates and fees can be found HERE. All questions regarding tuition and fees should be addressed to the Registrar’s Office.

Q: What kind of funding support is available?

A: The department assists students in finding funding, but does not promise funding to all admitted students. There is an array of assistantship opportunities in the department and across the university. EPE students do not have to work only in the department; in fact, we encourage diverse experience. Assistantships at UK typically include tuition, a stipend, and graduate student health insurance, but this varies across departments and according to funding source.

EPE currently offers teaching assistantships (TA’s) in EPE 301 “Education and American Culture.” Some of our students also assist in the teaching of EPE/EDP 557 “Gathering and Analyzing Educational Data” and EPE 174 “Theories of College Student Success.”

Typically at least two students per semester are working with faculty members as research assistants (RA’s); however, this varies according to faculty needs. EPE students have also been successful in securing research assistantships in other departments in the College of Education.

Our students are also successful at earning graduate fellowships such as the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship and SREB awards. Our students also regularly win scholarship competitions for additional support.

Students with an interest in academic or student affairs may be interested in Graduate Assistantships (GA’s). Our department has an agreement with the Division of Student Affairs to place students in units across campus to increase professional development opportunities. These placements can include: student leadership, residential life, athletics, etc. Our students have also been successful at finding positions in Academic Enhancement and Institutional Research.

More information about University-wide fellowship opportunities is available at

A complete listing of opportunities will be sent to students after admission. Students are responsible for contacting hiring departments directly for information about the assistantships and application procedures.