Admissions and Financial Aid

Department of Gender and Women’s Studies PhD Program

Admissions & Financial Aid
Admission to the PhD program in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky is competitive.  Applicants must apply for the entering class in the Fall semester (rather than Spring or Summer semesters). Applicants should submit all of their materials directly to the Graduate School as instructed.  All application materials must be received in full no later than December 1st of the academic year prior to the year admission is sought to ensure a complete review and full consideration for admission and departmental assistantships. Applications will be accepted and decisions will continue after the December 1 date, but later applications may miss financial aid decision deadlines. Applications for Fall admissions will not be accepted after March 1 of the admission year.  Applications MUST be complete by the deadline in order to be considered (including letters of recommendation and GRE scores).  The admissions process is detailed below. 
 
Important note: Applicants must complete the online application to the Graduate School by the deadline. The full application process is explained below.  Please read carefully.  All materials are to be submitted to the online Graduate School application. 

For assistance with the UK Graduate School Application, please contact Maureen Barker at 257-7129 or email her at: maureen.barker@uky.edu

To check your Graduate School Application status online, please go directly to the Graduate School webpage.

Gender and Women’s Studies Admissions Requirements
Gender and Women’s Studies requires the following information for your application to be complete.  The submission process for each piece of the application is explained below.

1.     Three letters of recommendation are required.  These must be uploaded through the Graduate School Online Application website.  A minimum of two of the three letters should be from professors who provide an assessment of academic achievements and scholarly potential.  (Preferably all three letters should come from academic professionals.)  The letters must be submitted by the letter writer (not by the applicant).

2.     Your GRE scores on the Graduate School Online Application.  Official scores must be submitted to the Graduate School.  The admissions code is 1837.

3.     One official transcript from all universities attended must be submitted to the Graduate School.  See the Graduate School Online Application for instructions on uploading transcript copies. 

(Note: an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and a graduate grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale are required as minimums.)

4.     A two to three page statement explaining why you wish to pursue a PhD degree in GWS and the general topic areas you intend to study.  This statement may highlight your background and interest in interdisciplinary studies, your academic, work and volunteer experiences as related to your interests, and your professional goals.  This Personal Statement will be uploaded on the Graduate School Online Application.

5.     Submit a full resume or vitae (CV), detailing all academic and work experience, on the Graduate School Online Application.

6.     Submit a separate statement if you wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship.  State any special qualifications, including past teaching experience or training, that you believe to be relevant to your request. (Additional information about past teaching may be requested by the Graduate Program Committee.)  This statement will be uploaded on the Graduate School Online Application.

7.     Submit a writing sample of 15 to 40 pages (double spaced).  This writing sample should demonstrate content knowledge and your analytical skills and abilities on a topic related to gender, women’s and sexuality studies.  Writing samples may be seminar papers, research papers, critical literature reviews, part of a thesis, or other critical writing.  This writing sample will be uploaded on the Graduate School Online Application.

All documents will be kept on file for 2 years and will not be returned to the applicants. Please make copies of them for your own reference.

Please submit your application materials online.  If you are unable to submit documents online, contact Michelle Del Toro (michelle.deltoro@uky.edu or 859-257-1388) for instructions.

UK Graduate School Admissions Requirements
The Graduate School requires the following information, which must be submitted directly to the Graduate School (check the Graduate School website for complete, current information):

1.     The Graduate School application and fee.

2.     Your official GRE or GMAT scores (University of Kentucky code is 1837).

3.    Official transcripts from all universities attended.  An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and a graduate grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale are required as minimums.  If a student does not meet these minimum requirements, a letter explaining their GPA is required.

4.     Official TOEFL scores (for international students only). Go to the Graduate School website for more information.

Please submit all the documents in the online applicatoin.  If you are unable to submit documents online, please contact Maureen Baker for Graduate School application instructions.

Graduate School Admissions
Attn:  Maureen Barker, Admission Officer
201D Gillis Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0033

Email: maureen.barker@uky.edu
Website: http://www.gradschool.uky.edu/

Financial Assistance 

Teaching and Research Assistantships
Our graduate student stipends are highly competitive and include tuition and health care. The duties of Teaching Assistants (TA’s) may include full classroom instruction responsibilities, instructional assistance in discussion sections, or other related activities. Teaching Assistantships are decided by the Department Chair in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Committee.  Your application for a TA should be included with your admission application.

Research Assistants (RA’s), when available, receive valuable hands-on experience in the scholarly research process. Research Assistantships are decided by professors when they receive funding for their research program.  Special calls for applications for current and incoming students will be issued when an RA become available.

TA’s and RA’s receive a bi-weekly stipend.

Students wishing to be considered for teaching assistantships should apply and make sure that all materials are received by the department by the December 1st to be fully considered for financial assistance. Applications will be accepted and decisions will continue after the December 1 date, but later applications may miss teaching assistantship and financial aid decision deadlines.


For more information about graduate assistantships available through the Graduate School, please go directly to the Graduate School website.

Fellowships
Fellowships are non-service awards made to students with superior academic credentials. Recipients of fellowships receive monthly stipends, and most receive full-tuition scholarships and health insurance. Graduate programs nominate students for fellowships by the appropriate deadlines and award recipients.
For more information about Graduate School fellowships, including self-nominated awards, please go to the Graduate School website.

Loans
U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens may apply for federally supported loans through the UK Student Financial Aid Office. To be considered, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available in the UK Student Financial Aid Office, 127 Funkhouser Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0054, (859) 257-3172. Students may also apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Health Insurance
University-funded health insurance coverage is available for recipients of assistantships and fellowships. For more information, contact:

Melynda R. Burke
Graduate Health Insurance Coordinator
University of Kentucky
Graduate School
203 B Gillis Building
Email: melynda.burke@uky.edu
Phone: (859) 257-6608
Fax: (859) 323-1928

Application Deadlines
Domestic Students -  Please note that March 1st is the deadline for applying for admission to the Graduate School and to the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies for the Fall Semester.

International Students - International applications (including all transcripts and other supporting documents) should reach the Admissions Office of the Graduate School and Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at least six months before the beginning of the semester that that you wish to begin graduate work.  Applications must be received no later than March 1.

GRE/TOEFL Educational Testing Service (ETS) Code:
University of Kentucky 1837

Department of Gender and Women’s Studies (pending) 

Please arrange for the ETS to send the score to University of Kentucky and to GWS.

All applicants whose native language is not English are required to request the testing service to submit GWS either a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5.

Please visit the following Graduate School sites for more information:
International Applicant Menu, International Application Deadlines.
http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/bulletin/bullinfo.shtml

 

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