Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which semester can I be admitted into the Biochemistry program?
A: We generally admit graduate students for the Fall semester.
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 contacting them improve your chances of acceptance.
Q: How many students does the program typically accept?
A: It depends on the number of suitable applicants and the amount of funds available. The total number of admitted students and the number of admitted international students are different every year.
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 and Molecular Biophysics. This is a competitive stipend that includes a full tuition waiver.
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 $5,000 for the first two years of graduate study. Also, several national fellowships are open to U.S. citizens.
Q: When is the deadline for applications?
- A1: International student application deadline for fall admission is January 8. This allows time for the international visa process.
- A2: Domestic student application deadline for fall admission is also January 8. We do consider domestic applications until July 15, but we strongly encourage applying early to be considered for GTA/GRA financial support.
Q: Do I need to submit the Affidavit of Financial Support if I have no funds?
- A1: No. If the applicant does not intend to bring dependents (spouse, children) to the U.S. and does not have personal funds available, he/she can select the option “I do not have funds” on the financial support page of the application, as the provided stipend will cover the cost of living and studying at K-State.
- A2: Yes. If the applicant intends to bring dependents to the U.S., personal funds should be indicated in an Affidavit of Financial Support in the amount specified on the form.
Q: Can I submit my application material without the TOEFL scores, and then after I am accepted take the tests?
A: No. The TOEFL 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: Should I take a subject specific GRE?
A: No, only the general GRE scores will be evaluated, but are optional.
Q: How can my letters of recommendation be submitted?
A: You will be asked to enter information on your recommenders. They will be contacted by email with instructions for providing the recommendation. The Recommendation Form for Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group is contained within the system and is preferred. There is also an opportunity for uploading a recommendation letter.
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. For regular admission, the minimum IELTS score is 7.0. A scanned copy of the original score sheet should be uploaded with application.
Q: Is my TOEFL score high enough?
A: All official or MyBest 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 with lower scores can only be accepted under provisional status by the University, requiring that the student either pass a screening test or enroll in remedial English language courses before beginning graduate study.
Q: Are GRE scores required?
A: No. GRE scores are not required for admission into the Biochemistry graduate program. If general GRE scores are available they may help your application. Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be sent directly from ETS. GRE verbal and quantitative scores at or above the 80th percentile are preferred by the Graduate Biochemistry Group.