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Graduate School

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Application deadlines

Applications are accepted year around. Graduate programs may have specific deadlines. Please check the graduate degree program(s) you are interested in.

Check the graduate degree program(s) for deadlines on assistantship applications.

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Application materials

All application materials should be uploaded to the graduate application by the deadline listed above.

  • online application
  • application fee
  • test scores
  • transcripts 

Application requirements

Application fee

Domestic applicants may apply for admission online and pay their $65 for degree seeking and $50 for certificate or non-degree application fee.

 English Proficiency Requirements

The Graduate School requires each applicant whose native language is not English to demonstrate competence in the English language by achieving a satisfactory score (defined below) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE). The TOEFL, IELTS or PTE is required to ensure that the student’s progress toward a degree is not jeopardized by language barriers. The TOEFL (K-State TOEFL school code 6334) is offered several times a year throughout the world by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey. International applicants are advised to take the TOEFL as early as possible to avoid delays in the processing of their applications. However, the test date should be no older than eighteen months from the application deadline.

An applicant who has received a degree in the last two years from a United States college or university is exempt from this requirement. However, individual programs may require demonstration of English language proficiency.

Score requirements
TestMinimum Score
IBT TOEFL (interest based)79
TOEFL (PBT)550
IELTS6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE)58

Please note that any non-native English speakers, whether a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or international student, interested in a Graduate Teaching Assistantship must meet the speaking requirements as specified in Chapter 1, Section F. 

An applicant who has received a degree in the last two years from a United States college or university is exempt from this requirement. However, individual programs may require demonstration of English language proficiency.

TOEFL details

The TOEFL is offered several times a year throughout the world by the Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA, telephone 609-771-7100 or www.toefl.org.

There are three types of TOEFL scores:

  • paper-based TOEFL,
  • computer-based TOEFL and
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based TOEFL taken in real time).

TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the initial test date.

  • A score of at least 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (IBT - internet-based test) on the TOEFL is required to be considered for admission to the Graduate School. Note: Some programs require a TOEFL score higher than stated here.

  • Applicants with scores of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (IBT - Internet based) or above may be considered for regular admission.

 IELTS details

The International English Language Testing System academic exam (IELTS) is offered several times a year by the International English Language Testing System, Pasadena, Calif. 91103, USA.

Those who have received a degree in the last two years from a United States college or university are not required to submit an IELTS score but must take an English proficiency test upon arrival to Kansas State University.

  • A score of at least 6.5 is required to be considered for admission to the Graduate School. Note: Some programs require an IELTS score higher than stated here.

  • Applicants with scores of 7.0 or above may be considered for regular admission.

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the initial test date.

 Pearson Test of English details

Students may take PTE Academic to demonstrate their English language proficiency. PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language proficiency test designed to measure reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as they are used in an academic setting.

Students take the entire three-hour test in one sitting, at a time that suits them in one of Pearson VUE's network of global test centers. Results are delivered online to students normally within 5 days. Students can learn more about PTE Academic, how to register online and see a list of test center locations worldwide by visiting the Pearson Test of English website.

Kansas State University requires a minimum score of 58 on PTE Academic and a 58 for all subscores (listening, reading, writing, and speaking).

 Standardized tests

If your graduate program requires standardized tests, you should request the Educational Testing Service to send your scores to Kansas State University. If you indicated where you wanted your scores sent (the academic department and Kansas State University) when you took the test, your scores will automatically be sent. The Graduate School does not accept photocopies as official for admission purposes. Standardized tests scores are valid for five years. If available, please include test scores in the application.