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Department of Chemistry

How to Apply

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1. MS application

We only accept applications for PhD, not MS.

2. Application deadlines

• International students: Early January, determined by the Graduate School:

• Domestic students: The third Thursday of March, determined by the Chemistry Department:

3. Spring admission

We do not accept applications for spring enrollment.

4. Financial support

Our graduate students are supported as either graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) or graduate research assistants (GRAs). 

5. GRE

GRE is not required, but your GRE scores may make your application stronger.  During the application process you can skip the GRE section by typing the word WAIVE in the box titled 'Admin Only', shown just below the GRE score entries. This should allow you to proceed without submitting the GRE.

6. English proficiency

For international students, please be sure that you satisfy the English proficiency requirements of the Graduate School (≥ 80 for TOEFL; ≥ 6.5 for IELTS).
We strongly encourage you to retake TOEFL or IELTS if your reading, writing and/or listening score(s) are within or below the score ranges for the Graduate Pathway Program (i.e., 16-19 for TOEFL; 6 for IELTS).  Also, it is desirable if the speak score is ≥ 22 for TOEFL or ≥ 7 for IELTS to waive Speak test that is requested by Kansas Board of Regents (https://www.k-state.edu/elp/departments/speak-testing.html). 

7. Research group

You are encouraged to contact a professor, but this does not mean you must work with the professor.  You will have a chance to meet and discuss with several professors in the first semester, and will officially start working with your major professor in the late November.