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How to Apply and Cost

Prospective Students must first apply to the University of Kentucky Graduate School as a post-baccalaureate student pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion.


The Online Graduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion has rolling admissions.

For domestic applicants the Graduate School requires applications to be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the term the applicant intends to begin graduate work. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for typical semester starting dates.


Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion must submit a transcript showing an awarded bachelors degree from an accredited U.S. Institution, or an International credential deemed equivalent to a four-year bachelor's degree. 

Application Materials

Applicants will be required to provide:

  1. A transcript from their bachelor degree-granting institution.
  2. A non-refundable $65 application fee ($75 for international applicants, $30 for current UK students)

GRE scores are not required for admissions to the graduate certificate.

Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion, who will notify the graduate school of their admissions decision. The student will then be notified of the decision and provided with further instructions for enrollment in courses. If you have questions about admissions criteria and the review process, please contact us.

For trouble-shooting the University of Kentucky application process, please contact:

Suzanne McGinnis
Director of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment
(859) 257-2771


The 2023-2024 academic year cost per credit hour for our online certificate is $752.50 (This includes a $15 fee per credit hour). Thus a 3-credit hour course would cost $2,257.50. The certificate is awarded upon the completion of 9.0 credit hours of approved courses. 

Financial Aid

In order to qualify for federally subsidized student loans one must be an official degree-seeking student. This means that students enrolled in the graduate certificate in Diversity and Inclusion are not eligible for federal loans.

However, many employers offer tuition payment and reimbursement programs and we encourage you to check with your place of employment. You can also visit the University of Kentucky’s Financial Aid Office webpage for information on Alternative Loans.

State Authorization (NC-SARA)

The University of Kentucky is authorized to provide the Graduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Students will be billed by Student Account Services and any financial questions should be directed to that office. Note: UK will send your billing notifications to your official University of Kentucky email address (your link blue account) so be sure to regularly check it and/or forward it to your normal account. Check out the FAQ for more information.

You can also email Student Accounts Services at