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Graduate Application Process & Academic Information

Application Process

The following are dates by which the applicant should submit the international application to the graduate program.  These application deadline dates also are listed on the Graduate School web site.

  • Student applying for Spring 2013 (beginning January 2013) - submit application materials to the graduate program no later than August 1, 2012.
  • Student applying for Summer 2013 (beginning May 2013) – submit application materials to the graduate program no later than December 1, 2012.
  • Student applying for Fall 2013 (beginning August 2013)– submit application materials to the graduate program no later than February 1, 2013.

The following materials are required for a student seeking admission as a Graduate student:

  • Graduate international application (Online Application)
  • Official transcripts & degree certificates in both English and native language
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (details)
  • Affidavit of financial support form
  • Statement of objectives
  • Three reference letters need to be sent directly to the graduate program director for that specific department.  

Exchange students applying as "non-degree" do not need to pay the application fee.  

There is a committee within each department that will review the student's credentials and then will determine whether or not if they wish to "recommend" a student for admission.  The final admission decision is made by the Graduate School.

If the student's TOEFL score is below the required total, the student will be required to take the English Proficiency Test upon their arrival to K-State.  If they do not pass the English Proficiency Test, the student will be required to enroll in the recommended English classes.


Academic Information

Class work is assessed by the professor teaching the course which may be based on in-class exams, written papers, projects and/or attendance. This is variable and depends on the professor. Grading scales can be curved or on an absolute scale as determined by the professor.

Course registration will be completed at Orientation & Enrollment on the Thursday of International Student Orientation Week, prior to the beginning of the semester. At this time, pre-enrollment is not possible. During Orientation & Enrollment, students are assigned an academic advisor and select courses from published "Directory of Courses" that list all university courses offered in a particular semester. The Course Schedule, a list of courses taught each term, is available on our website at http://courses.k-state.edu/schedules.html.

The exchange program allows for students to enroll in 9 to 12 regular graduate credit hours. Students are responsible for paying for any hours beyond 12. A minimum of 9 hours is required for full-time status.

Additionally, students enrolling in any Division of Continuing Education (DCE), on-line, or UFM Community Learning Center courses may be assessed additional fees outside of the regular tuition and fees structure, which will be the responsibility of the student.

Number of classes a typical student takes per term:  3
Number of hours per week typical student spends in class:  9
Number of weeks per term:  15