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Application Process

Admission requirements

Review the admission procedures and entrance requirements before applying.

Each graduate program at Kansas State University determines the materials needed for making admission decisions. Contact the department to which you are interested in applying to determine what supporting documents are required as part of the application process. 

Application process

The online application process includes four steps:

  1. Select admission category
  2. Create an account
  3. Submit required supplemental documents
  4. Pay application fee

1. Select admission category

2. Create an account

Create an account to start your online application. Please fill out all sections of the application. Your application will be considered active once submitted.

3. Submit required supplemental documents

All supplemental documents required by the program (e.g., statement of objectives, scanned copy of transcripts, resume or curriculum vitae, letters or recommendation, GRE and TOEFL scores) will be requested as you fill out the application. Please upload all materials directly to the application.

Unofficial transcripts must be obtained before submitting your Graduate application.  You will need to order a secure PDF or have a paper copy sent directly to yourself. Both of these are considered unofficial because they are sent directly to the applicant not from institution to institution. 

  • Transcripts
    • You must upload a copy of your transcript in PDF format from each college or university where you received your bachelor's degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate course work or degrees. Transcripts become part of your records at Kansas State University and cannot be returned.
    • Students whose transcripts are not in English must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority.
    • IF you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification from the institution(s) where you received your degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate credits, this will be requested in the admission letter.
    • Failure to list any colleges or universities attended may result in dismissal from the university.
  • Letters of recommendation
    • Recommenders will upload their letters of recommendation directly to your application.
    • Letters of recommendation can be tracked by students online.
    • Click Review Your Activity to display the names of your recommenders. You can edit recommenders, send reminders and see where each recommender is in the process. Please remember to hit “submit recommendation request” on the application so your recommenders are notified.
  • Affidavit of financial support
    • International students will be required to download and submit a completed affidavit of financial support form within the application.

4. Pay application fee

  • $50 for US citizens and permanent residents*
  • $75 for international applicants*

Application fees are non-refundable.

*Some programs may require additional application fees. If applying to a graduate program within the College of Architecture, Planning and Design or the College of Business Administration, additional application fees will be charged. Refer to program websites for additional information.

Check your application status

Initial review and admission recommendation are completed by the program to which you applied. The application process is described below:

  • Apply to a graduate program online and pay the application fee.
  • The graduate program to which you applied reviews the application and forwards the decision to the Graduate School. 
  • The Graduate School reviews the application and sends the official recommendation to the applicant. Applicants receive an official decision letter.

Primary language

To demonstrate competence in the English language, an official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System-academic exam (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) must be sent to Kansas State University for all applicants whose primary language is not English.

Learn more about English proficiency requirements.

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