Application and Admissions

The application for Fall 2019 is closed.

Applications for Fall 2020 admission will be accepted from Aug. 1 through Dec. 1, 2019.

Late applications are not accepted.

Any student who has completed at least a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree at an accredited institution of higher education may apply for admission to the Gerontology Ph.D. Program.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Please review all of the information on the KU Office of Graduate Studies admissions webpage, especially information for domestic or international applicants and information about transcripts.  You will need the following materials for application to the Gerontology Ph.D. program:
  2. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  3. Personal statement (2 to 4 pages in length) of professional and educational goals in gerontology; also include your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in Gerontology.
  4. List of all courses taken in relevant areas such as sociology, psychology, human development, social welfare, biology, and health services.
  5. One copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  6. Names and e-mail addresses of three persons who will write letters of recommendation on your behalf.
  7. Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) taken within the last two years; to submit scores to us from the testing service, use university code 6871 and department code 2207.
  8. For non-native English speakers, proof of proficiency in the English language is required.


Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: December 1

How to Apply

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Supplemental materials as listed above (the resume/curriculum vitae, the personal statement, the list of relevant courses) may be attached to the online application or e-mailed to the Gerontology Ph.D. Program (

Any mailed correspondence may be sent to:

Admissions Committee
University of Kansas - Gerontology Program
Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Ave., Room 3090
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555

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