Applying to the Graduate Biochemistry Group
The program seeks applicants who have an interest in continued study in biochemistry and intensive research in some area of biochemistry. A sufficient background in biology and a strong background in chemistry are the most important requirements for admittance into the program. Please visit the Graduate School website for more information about admissions and online application forms.
The following is a summary of the items that must be submitted in order to be considered for admission. (Note: In general, applicants are only considered for fall enrollment.)
Graduate application form
Completed and submitted before December 15 for enrollment in the following fall semester. Requires application fee of $75 (online credit card payment available on the Graduate School website, or money order, cashier's check payable to Kansas State University Graduate School.)
Completed and submitted before January 15 for enrollment in the following fall semester. Requires application fee of $50 (online credit card payment available on Graduate School website, or personal check, money order, cashier's check payable to Kansas State University Graduate School.)
Affidavit of financial support (international students only)
To demonstrate that the applicant has resources available to cover the costs associated with pursuing academic training at Kansas State University (approximately $29,598 per year; includes tuition and fees and cost of living). An original form is required whether or not the applicant has funds.
Official university transcripts
Applicants are expected to have a four-year Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (a three-year Bachelor's degree followed by a Master's degree is also acceptable), appropriate and adequate course work, and an average of B or better in the junior and senior years (or an excellent postgraduate record). Whereas the majority of incoming students have degrees in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, some have degrees in pharmacology, genetics, food science, physics, or microbiology. Undergraduate and postgraduate credits should include one year each of general, physical, and organic chemistry, physics, calculus, and biology, and one-half year of analytical chemistry. Physical chemistry may be completed as part of an M.S. or Ph.D. program, but all other deficiencies must be completed without graduate credit. No foreign language is required. Provisional admissions may occur when there are limited deficiencies in undergraduate course work that can be substituted by course work taken at Kansas State University or when there is uncertainty in the evaluation of transcripts, as may occur in the case of international students; the removal of the provisional status occurs upon the accumulation of 9 credit hours of course work with a B or better average.
Applicant's one-page statement of academic objectives
Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers
The Recommendation Form for Graduate Biochemistry Group is preferred.
Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
Sent to Kansas State University directly from ETS. GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores at or above the 80th percentile are preferred by the Graduate Biochemistry Group.
Official TOEFL scores (for international students only, whose native language is not English)
Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) sent to Kansas State University directly from ETS. A minimum score of 550 (213 on the computer-based exam or 79 on the iBT) on the TOEFL is required, although a score above 620 is preferred by the Graduate Biochemistry Group. Applicants who score between 550 and 600 (213 and 250 on the computer-based exam or 79 and 100 on the iBT) on the TOEFL can only be accepted under provisional status by the University, requiring that the student either pass a screening test or enroll in remedial courses before beginning graduate study.
Note: The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores may be submitted in place of the TOEFL. Score minimums are: 7.0 for regular admission and 6.1 to 6.9 for provisional admission. A photocopy of the original score sheet should be provided with application.
Where to send application materials
Please submit all application materials (except those submitted online) to:
Graduate Biochemistry Group
141 Chalmers Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-3702