Who is eligible for the program?

The following groups are eligible for the program:

  • Full-time (at least 12 credit hours) undergraduate students on the Lawrence Campus
  • Current, Transfer and New students with less that 90 credit hours
  • Domestic Students
  • Students of Color
    • Black/African American
    • Native Hawaiian/Asian Pacific Islander
    • American Indian/Alaskan Native
    • Latinx/Hispanic
    • Asian/Asian American
  • Pell Eligible (as indicated from your FAFSA submission to the University)
  • First-Generation (meaning that neither of your parents earned a four-year degree)

MSP Application Timeline

  • November 1 - Common Application Opens

  • Jan 1 - Application Deadline

Application Essay Details

  • The prompt includes multiple questions that must be answered in your essay

  • One page single spaced

  • 12-point Times New Roman font with 1 inch margins

  • Submit as a PDF to be considered complete

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Common Application Questions

The common application opens on November 1st. 

The common application has a priority deadline of January 1st. The application will remain open until all of the spots are full.

Each MSP program is unique across KU, not everyone utilizes the Common Application. The following programs utilize the Common application:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education and Human Sciences
  • School of Music
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • School of Architecture and Design

Yes. The School of Business has its own application on Academic Works. If you accidentally apply to the general application, we will send you an e-mail notifying you that you applied to the incorrect application.

Each of the other programs, Social Welfare, Pharmacy, and Architecture have their own distinct processes for applications and are not through the common application. The best way to learn more about their programs is to contact the program directors.