Admission to Master's Degree at KU

The University of Kansas is a great place to pursue a graduate degree because graduate education is central to KU’s mission of learning, scholarship, and creative activity.  This Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in High-Incidence Disabilities is available for individuals and working professionals at both the main KU Campus in Lawrence, Kansas as well as the KU Edwards Campus in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Courses and fieldwork are designed to align with professional schedules and provide opportunities to apply learning in current classroom(s). We invite you to explore the information on our Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in High-Incidence Disabilities, review our student resources, and learn more on our knowledgeable faculty and the vibrant communities. Learn more about KU’s Campuses

If you are choosing to pursue a graduate program in special education with an emphasis in High-Incidence Disabilities, you need to hold a valid initial teaching license. 

Application Deadlines for Master's Degree in High-Incidence Disabilities

Domestic Applicants:
Apply before June 1 to begin in the Fall semester

International Applicants:
Apply before May 1 to begin in the Fall semester

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What To Expect After Applying

Approximately 2 weeks after applying online, you will be able check your "application status" to see what materials have been submitted and what application documents have not been received. If you have questions or concerns regarding the application process, please contact or 785-864-4342.  Please note that until all components of the application have been received, the application will not be considered by the Special Education Department Admissions Committee. Only completed applications received by the deadlines will be considered.

Master's Program Review Procedure

Completed applications are reviewed monthly up to the application deadline. Once a recommendation (admit/do not admit) has been made by the Department of Special Education Admission Committee, you will be notified by e-mail.  It is critical that you provide a current, valid e-mail address. Official notification of admission to the University of Kansas will be sent to you directly via email from the Office of Graduate Studies. Applicants will be required to accept or deny admission in the decision portal. If the committee has recommended admission, the Special Education Department will also include the name of your primary advisor in your e-mail, along with contact information. If you are an international applicant, we strongly encouraged you to complete the application process well in advance of these deadlines, in order to ensure adequate time for processing of visa-related materials.

Begin the online application process today.

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