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School of Engineering The University of Kansas

  • Lawrence, KS
  • Public
  • Suburban
  • 25%75%
    student ratio
  • 637
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


The University of Kansas: An overview

The University of Kansas is a top-tier research institution located in Lawrence, KS, in the center of the United States just minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area. The low-cost of living, the heavily forested hills of eastern Kansas and friendly people are a refreshing change of pace for many unfamiliar with the region.

KU is a member of the elite Association of American Universities. The AAU is an association of 62 leading public and private U.S. research institutions. AAU focuses on issues important to research intensive universities, such as funding for research, research policy issues and graduate and undergraduate education.

Alumni of the KU School of Engineering

Graduates of the KU School of Engineering include Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Co.; Brian McClendon, a vice president of engineering for Google and co-creator of Google Earth; the late Rear Adm. Wayne Meyer, father of the Aegis weapons system; Linda Zarda Cook, retired executive director of Royal Dutch Shell plc; and thousands of others making substantial contributions to industry and society.

Programs at KU

Prospective students can pursue a variety of degree programs in 17 fields of study. The petroleum engineering program is the only such program in Kansas and is routinely ranked among the top PE programs in the nation. The master's degree programs in engineering management and project management are based on KU's Edwards Campus in Greater Kansas City and offers distance education opportunities that help ensure working professionals stay on track for degree completion. Students in bioengineering have opportunities for extensive collaboration with medical professionals, based at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, or with faculty experts in the School of Pharmacy or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Lawrence campus.

Opportunities and Advantages from KU

The School of Engineering and its departments have a variety of generous scholarship, fellowship and assistantship opportunities for graduate students. Prospective doctoral students in the school may also be nominated for the Self Graduate Fellowship. The 4-year award to selected students provides full tuition and fees, a $29,500 annual award, and includes a research assistantship and a unique development program to complement and further demonstrated leadership.

The School of Engineering is home to 5 major engineering-focused, interdisciplinary research centers -- the Bioengineering Research Center, the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis, the NSF Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, and the KU Transportation Research Institute -- plus additional laboratories, centers and opportunities. These centers and laboratories provide KU engineering and computing students, faculty and research staff with outstanding opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The KU School of Engineering is in the midst of a major expansion of facilities, faculty, and students -- part of the school's Building on Excellence Initiative that drives growth in specific strategic directions. The initiative calls for building upon and investing support for several of the engineering school's research strengths, including health-care innovation, energy, water, transportation, global change and climate, sustainable infrastructure and practices, and information technology. The plan calls to substantially grow enrollment and provide new facility and faculty investments to accommodate this growth.

A new research facility opened in Fall 2012. The interdisciplinary Measurement, Materials and Sustainable Environment Center provides more than 43,000 square feet of research space within the Engineering Complex. Upon its completion, the school began construction on Phase II of its facility expansion -- two new structures that provide more than 135,000 square-feet focused on research and student success. The structure will include multimedia classrooms, research space for faculty and design space for several of KU's student projects. Phase II is funded through a variety of sources, including generous support from successful alumni, research overhead and bonds supported by the University Engineering Initiative Act of the Kansas Legislature.

Faculty members in the KU School of Engineering are internationally recognized as leaders in their fields -- many have achieved the highest rank afforded in their respective professional organizations. Three KU faculty members are in to the National Academy of Engineering, and KU is the only university in the state with faculty members in the academy.

Students at KU

Exceptionally well-qualified baccalaureate degree recipients may be directly admitted into a doctoral program in engineering and sidestep many of the master's degree requirements for the degree.

Students in the KU School of Engineering come from Kansas and beyond. In fact, engineering and computing students represent more than 50 countries. The students say they chose the program for its excellent reputation, strong programs in their fields of study, close contact with faculty members, opportunities for research and student projects, affordability, quality of the facilities, and friendly atmosphere.

Admission requirements vary by department. Students should contact the desired department or program before applying to ensure they know the minimum admission requirements.

Location & Contact

School of Engineering

The University of Kansas

1 Eaton Hall 1520 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
United States

Dr. Michael Branicky


Phone: 785-864-2930

Dr. Arvin Agah

Associate Dean

Phone: 785-864-8821
Fax: 785-864-5445

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Engineering And Applied Sciences Doctor of Engineering (DE)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Civil Engineering (MCE)
      Master of Construction Management (MCM)
      Master of Engineering (ME)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 131
    • Doctoral Degrees 28
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


52% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 737
    • Accepted 386
    • Acceptance Rate 52
    • Enrolled 173
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students637
    • Female Percentage25%
    • Male Percentage75%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students637
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Full-time Percentage62%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian83%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown4%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty131
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage11%
    • Male Percentage89%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchGlobal change, transportation, water, energy, healthcare, information technology, sustainable infrastructure, remote sensing, environmental sustainability, telecommunications, oil recovery, airplane design, structured materials, robotics, sustainable fuels and chemicals, radar systems, composite materials and structures, precision particles, tissue engineering, chemo-enzymatic catalysis, communication systems and networks, intelligent systems, data mining, fuel cells, imaging
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$17,000,000




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