Application and Admissions to the Graduate Program in English

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Applications

Prospective students should apply on-line. For fall semester admission, prospective students must apply no later than August 1. For the spring semester, applications must be received by December 1. International applicants have earlier deadlines: December 1 for fall admission, July 1 for spring admission.

Further program information is available from:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
108 English/Counseling Services Building
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-6501
Office Telephone: (785) 532-6716
FAX: (785) 532-2192
Email: gradeng@ksu.edu 
Website: http://www.ksu.edu/english/programs/graduatestudies.html
Online Application: http://www.k-state.edu/grad/gsprospective/apply/
Request Application Forms by Email: gradeng@ksu.edu 
Download Application Checklist: Application Checklist (pdf)

Visiting K-State and the English Department
If you would like to visit the Kansas State University campus and check out our Graduate Program in English in person, please let us know. We would be happy to meet you. To set up a campus visit, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies by telephone (785/532-6716) or e-mail (gradeng@ksu.edu). For driving directions, campus maps, and information about the campus and the city of Manhattan, click here: Visitors at K-State

I traveled seven and a half thousand miles to get my M.A. here, and I can honestly say that it was worth every one. I have been challenged on every level while pursuing my own interests and developing a deep and thorough understanding of the intellectual and professional field. What shocks me everyday is the dedication of each staff member and their ability to tailor this program to such a diverse range of interests. While I would like to think that my experience here is unique and due to my own drive and desire to push myself, I know that everyone who comes here feels this way and leaves two years later not quite knowing how such a small Midwestern town could offer so much.

-- Sarah Hamblin (M.A. '04), Birmingham, England

Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Most M.A. students qualify to be graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and are provided valuable teaching experience as well as financial support. GTAs usually teach three sections of Expository Writing per year and participate in a teacher advisory program. GTAs with seniority may teach fewer sections and gain supervised experience in the department's writing center.

The stipend for a nine-month contract is $9,863, and many stipends are supplemented by scholarships and fellowships. All teaching assistantships come with a full tuition waiver and the opportunity to enroll in the University's health insurance program. GTAs are sometimes given opportunities to teach in summer school.

The priority deadline for applying for a graduate teaching assistantship or departmental scholarship or fellowship is February 1. For applications received after February 1, GTAs are awarded as available.

To apply for a GTA assistantship, simply circle "YES" in response to question #3 on the Application Checklist (pdf).

Department Awards
New M.A. students may compete for the following additional scholarships, which are usually awarded as supplements or additions to a GTA award:

  • The Peggy and Gary Edwards Scholarship
  • The Jo Harriet Hofsess Popkins Scholarships
  • The Esther Glenn Scholarship
  • The Anne P. Grindell Scholarship for Kansas Teachers
  • The Seaton Fellowships in Creative Writing
  • The Longman Scholarship
  • The Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Scholarship (Graduate School award)

The department also offers a variety of annual scholarships and awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of English graduate students continuing in the program.

  • The Earle R. Davis Memorial Scholarship
  • The Robert W. Conover Memorial Scholarship
  • The Jerome Johanning Memorial Scholarship

To apply for a scholarship, simply circle "YES" in response to question #3 on the Application Checklist (pdf). For a description of the awards, please see the current awards brochure (.pdf).

Financial Aid
Inquires for other kinds of financial assistance -- such as student loans or work study -- should be sent to the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Fairchild Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-1104.

Application Requirements
To apply to the program, prospective students should submit the following materials:

  • Application. Online form.
  • Statement of objectives. A succinct account of your academic aims and interests.
  • Writing sample of 8-15 pages of analytical or persuasive prose. (If you would like to enter the Creative Writing track, you should submit a writing sample of either 10-30 pages of prose or 6-10 poems, in addition to your analytical writing sample.)
  • Two copies of official transcript from each college or university you have attended. Please have these transcript sent directly to the Director of Graduate Studies at the address above.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to speak informatively about your academic performance and potential for advanced study in English. Please have these letters sent directly to the Director of Graduate Studies at the address above. No special form is required.
  • GRE scores. The General test is required; the Subject test is not. Please arrange with ETS to have a copy of your score report sent to Kansas State University (Institution Code: R6334).
  • Application fee. For domestic applicants, $50 in either a personal check or money order made payable to the "KSU Graduate School."
  • Application Checklist (pdf).

International applicants must also submit the following:

  • TOEFL or IELTS score report.
  • Application fee. For international applicants, $75 in either a money order or cashier's check made payable to the "KSU Graduate School." Personal checks are not accepted.
  • Kansas State University's financial affidavit.
  • International applicants who would like to be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship will need to make arrangements to take the SPEAK test here at Kansas State University before they begin their GTA duties.

Applicants should make arrangements to have GRE and TOEFL test scores sent to Kansas State University. All other application materials should be sent to:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
108 English/Counseling Services Building
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-6501
Office Telephone: (785) 532-6716
FAX: (785) 532-2192
Email: gradeng@ksu.edu

Application Deadlines
The priority deadline for applying for a graduate teaching assistantship or departmental scholarship or fellowship is February 1. For applications received after February 1, GTAs are awarded as available.

For fall semester admission, prospective students must apply no later than August 1. For the spring semester, applications must be received by December 1.

International applicants have earlier deadlines: December 1 for fall admission, July 1 for spring admission.

Admission to the Program
All applications are reviewed by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Admissions Committee within the department. Applicants are expected to have performed at a B level or better in their undergraduate work, but the committee bases its primary judgment on the student's performance in English courses.

The department realizes that many persons do not mature as students until late in their undergraduate careers and so may be willing to accept students with less than the expected grade average if the students' final semesters indicate abilities to do graduate work. The department also recognizes that students who have majored in fields other than English as undergraduates may choose English for their graduate work. Such students are usually admitted with provisional standing and are enrolled in courses for undergraduate credit until any deficiencies are made up.

Housing
Off-campus housing costs in Manhattan are below the national average. Inquiries about off campus rentals should be sent to the Office of the Dean of Student Life, Holton Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-1303. Students and prospective students are also encouraged to check out the local classified ads providing information about the variety of off-campus housing options available to students. The two best sources for these ads are The Manhattan Mercury and the student/university newspaper, The Collegian.

The university also provides inexpensive housing for both single and married graduate students in conveniently located residence halls and apartment houses. Inquiries about on-campus housing should be sent to the Department of Housing, Pittman Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-4601. Email: housing@ksu.edu and apartments@ksu.edu

Questions?
If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Director of Graduate Studies:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
108 English/Counseling Services Building
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-6501
Office Telephone: (785) 532-6716
FAX: (785) 532-2192
Email: gradeng@ksu.edu