Frequently asked questions
Q: Which semester can I be admitted into the Biochemistry program?
A: We generally admit graduate students for the Fall semester. However, international students are required to take a teaching-assistant course and pass the English speaking test before they begin their studies. Those students are admitted for the Summer semester and are expected to arrive at K-State in July.
Q: How many international students do you accept every year?
A: It depends on the number of suitable applicants and the amount of funds available. In 2010 there were 7 international students accepted.
Q: Do I need to contact a particular professor before applying to the program?
A: No, you do not need to contact our professors nor will speaking to them prior to admittance improve your chances of acceptance.
Q: How many students does the program typically accept?
A: The Graduate Biochemistry Group generally admits only those applicants for whom financial support is available. The estimated cost of pursuing graduate studies at K-State is $29,598 per year, including tuition, fees, and cost of living.
Q: What forms of financial support are available?
A: The primary form of financial aid is a combined teaching/research assistantship within the Department of Biochemistry. For the 2012-2013 academic year, full support for teaching/research assistants was at least $19,000. As employees of KSU, teaching/research assistants are provided with several benefits. Teaching/research assistants receive health insurance at a reduced rate; for the 2012-2013 academic year, the cost of health insurance for teaching/research assistants was $312. Additionally, teaching/research assistants receive a 5 credit waiver of their academic tuition for Fall and Spring when taking the required minimum of 6 credit hours, bringing the cost of academic tuition and fees with the required 3 credit hours in summer (not including cost of living) to a total of $2,000.80 for first year students during 2012-2013.
Additionally, U.S. resident graduate students are eligible for other forms of financial support. Exceptional applicants may be considered for a supplement to the assistantship of up to $8,750 for the first year of graduate study. Also, several national fellowships are open to U.S. citizens.
Q: Biochemistry's application deadline for international students is December 15, but the Graduate School's website lists the application deadline as February 1. Why is there a difference?
A: February 1 is the Graduate School deadline for the Fall admission. However, all of our international students are required to attend an intensive English program before the Fall semester and they are admitted for the Summer semester.
Q: Do I need to submit the Affidavit of Financial Support if I have no funds?
A: Yes. You still need to submit the form. Simply fill out the first page, and check the box on the second page saying you do not have your own funds.
Q: Can I submit my application material without the TOEFL or GRE scores, and then after I am accepted take the tests?
A: No. Both the TOEFL and GRE scores are required to be submitted before your application can be considered complete. Your application will not be reviewed by the committee unless it is complete.
Q: Do I need to take a subject specific GRE?
A: No, you only need to take the general GRE.
Q: How can my letters of recommendation be submitted?
A: They may either be sent in a sealed and signed envelope by mail to the Graduate Biochemistry Group, 141 Chalmers Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, or the recommender can send an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I was tested with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Will you accept that score in place of the TOEFL?
A: 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.
Q: Is my TOEFL score high enough?
A: All official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be sent 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 (260 computer-based or 105 iBT) 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.
Q: Is my GRE score high enough?
A: All official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be sent directly from ETS. We do not require a GRE subject exam, just the general GRE. GRE verbal and quantitative scores at or above the 80th percentile are preferred by the Graduate Biochemistry Group.