Admission to MA in Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all materials arrive by the appropriate deadline. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on the following dates:

  • Fall: priority deadline is March 1, final deadline is May 1
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: priority deadline is March 1, final deadline is May 1

The following application materials are required for all applicants:

Complete the online application available at KU's Graduate Studies website and submit it. The application fee can be paid online as the last step of the application.  Application forms submitted without a fee cannot be processed.

Application Fees:

  • Domestic Application: $65.00
  • Degree Seeking International Application $85.00
  • Non Degree Seeking Application (Domestic and International) $30.00
  • Reenrollment Application $20.00

Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their previous academic work to be admitted to regular graduate student status. Applicants should provide a copy of an official transcript from all colleges and universities attended. Upload a copy of each transcript to your application. If admitted, you’ll also need to send an official copy of all transcripts to Graduate Admissions. It can take three weeks for transcripts to arrive.

Your statement of purpose should address each of the prompts below. The statement should be a maximum of two pages, single spaced.

  • What has sparked your interest in furthering your education in leadership, diversity, and inclusion?
  • How do the programs intersecting foci of leadership, diversity and inclusion advance your academic and professional goals?
  • What do you hope to achieve during your time in the program?

Your writing sample should be argumentative in content and structure. It should be at least 5 pages in length and come from a junior or senior level course. If you are currently in one of the graduate certificate programs associated with this MA program, your writing sample should come from one of your certificate courses. If you do not have a recent writing sample from a course, you may create one that meets the criteria listed here.

You must provide three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your work. At least two of these recommendations should be academic in nature. If you are currently in one of the certificate programs associated with this MA program, you should use at least one of your instructors from your graduate-level coursework. During the application process, you will be asked to enter the email addresses of your three recommenders, who will then submit their completed letters with accompanying forms online. You may submit your application before your references have submitted their materials.

Self-identified non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements

Provisional Admission

On rare occasions the department may recommend an applicant who does not meet the University’s minimum requirements for provisional admission. This may occur, for example, if a student’s overall undergraduate GPA is deficient but other application materials suggest strong potential for success in graduate study. All recommendations for provisional admission are contingent on approval by the Office of Graduate Studies.

To continue in the program, students admitted provisionally must meet with the Director of Graduate Studies at the start of the academic term, must comply with any requests for additional meetings or communications, and must earn at least a 3.0 GPA in the first semester of graduate coursework at KU.

Tuition and Fees

Applicants should consult the Financial Aid & Scholarships website for more information about estimated tuition and fees. Applicants should select the appropriate residency, then select Graduate students and Liberal Arts & Sciences in the downdown menus to view the current tuition and fee rates for this program.


Thank you again for your interest in the MA in Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Kansas. 

If you have questions about the academic program or curriculum, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.


Dr. Alesia Woszidlo

Director for the Institute for Leadership Studies

Director of Graduate Studies


If you have any questions about the application process or required materials, contact the Graduate Academic Advisor.

Jess Wagner

Graduate Academic Advisor

MA in Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion