How to Apply

So you've decided to apply to the Martin School! We look forward to your application. 


Important Dates

January 15: Deadline to apply for Ph.D. students to be considered for funding.

February 1: Deadline for international applications to be submitted to the Graduate School for the 2020 Fall Semester.

February 15: Deadline to apply for masters students to be considered for funding.

March 15: Notification letters concerning fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships sent out for the fall.

July 24: Deadline to apply to the Graduate School for the fall semester.


Take the GRE or GMAT

We require MPP, MPFM, and Ph.D program applicants to take the GRE or GMAT. While you will self-report your scores in your online application, the University of Kentucky will also need an official score report sent from the test administrator.

You do not need to take the GRE to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management The GRE or GMAT is also not required for admission to the Master's in Public Administration (MPA); however if you believe submitting scores for the GRE or GMAT will strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit them.

Read more for special information regarding the GRE and the MPA application.

Obtain two letters of recommendation

The Martin School requires two letters of recommendation; these can be from a combination of professors and supervisors. Identify and obtain contact information for these folks, as the application system will contact them directly for their recommendation once you submit your application (see below). Please note: PhD applicants need three (3) letters of recommendation.

You do not need letters of recommendation for the Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management.

Write a biographical sketch

Why are you pursuing your graduate degree? Why the Martin School? Write a 1-3 page sketch introducing yourself and your reasons for wanting to attend. This is required for the MPA, MPP, Ph.D., and Graduate Certificate programs.

Choose a writing sample - PhD applicants only

Applicants for the PhD program must submit a writing sample with their application.

Complete the online Graduate School application

You can access their system here. You will self-report your GRE/GMAT score(s), upload unofficial transcripts, and provide contact information for your three recommendation sources through this system. You will also have the opportunity to upload your current resume and biographical sketch. Please note that the Graduate School requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and a minimum 3.0 GPA for any graduate coursework.