Fast Track Program
What is a Fast Track Program?
Exceptionally well qualified baccalaureate (3.75 or above) degree holders may be directly accepted into a Ph.D. program in engineering and sidestep master's degree requirements for the doctorate.
Benefits of the Fast Track Ph.D. program vary by discipline, but can include:
- Reduced time to degree (Up to one year's time could be saved)
- No master's thesis
- Eligible to qualify for KU's prestigious Self Fellowship
Doctoral students may qualify for the highly competitive and prestigious Madison and Lila Self Fellowship. The Self Graduate Fellowship is a unique four-year doctoral fellowship. Self Graduate Fellows in 2012-2013 will receive annual support of $29,000 for four years. Payment is through appointment as a graduate research assistant, or occasionally as a graduate teaching assistant. The fellowship covers tuition, fees, and the employer's share of student health insurance costs. All fellows must actively participate in the Fellow Development Program. Self Fellows are chosen for their career aspirations, foresight, accomplishments, capacity to establish and achieve goals, leadership drive, and work habits. In addition, Self Fellows exhibit ambition and dedication for accomplishment and continuous scholarship, and commit to partake in the Fellow Development Program. Recipients must be U.S. citizens. For more information on the Self Graduate Fellowship, visit the fellowship website.