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Grain Science and Industry
Kansas State University
201 Shellenberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506


General Information for Graduate Students

Prospective Graduate Students

The Department of Grain Science & Industry at Kansas State University has an internationally recognized graduate program, leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Grain Science. A wide variety of opportunities for graduate study are offered in areas of both applied and basic research.

Please feel free to view the Graduate School website for program information, online application, and forms necessary for the application process.

Course requirements

The Departmental Graduate Program Committee has established the following course requirements for admission to its Masters and Doctorate programs.

  • Mathematics, including College Algebra, Calculus and Statistics
  • Chemistry, including Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biological Sciences

(The Graduate Program Committee reserves the right to waive these requirements or the graduate student’s advisor may request students to take pre-requisite courses upon entry to fulfill the requirements.)


For submission of application information to the Department of Grain Science, Graduate Admissions are as follows:

All application materials including

  • online application
  • application fee
  • test scores
  • transcripts
  • financial documents

should be in the hands of the graduate program by:

January 1 for fall (August) enrollment
August 1 for spring (January) enrollment
December 1 for summer (June) enrollment

Admission to the program is highly competitive, PLEASE APPLY EARLY!

Application documents for all students

♦ Please complete an application through the graduate school website.  Please follow the instructions carefully and upload all materials to the application website
For domestic students, $50 application fee, can be paid online with a credit card or by check or money order payable to Kansas State University Graduate School.
For international students, $75 application fee, can be paid online with a credit card or by check or money order payable to Kansas State University Graduate School (checks must be drawn on U.S. banks).


♦ Three letters of recommendation 
All letters need to be on official university letterhead.

♦ A Current Resume

♦ Official transcripts of all previous college work
Applicants must have a 4-year undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Students may submit a current transcript and, if admitted, will receive provisional acceptance pending submission of an official transcript showing completion of a bachelor's degree, or M.S. degree for doctoral applicants.

♦ A short statement of objectives (should contain the following):
Describe why you want to pursue a graduate degree in Grain Science at Kansas State University. The discipline area you want to study. This allows the application to be directed to the appropriate faculty-(e.g., Baking, Bio-processing, Cereal Chemistry, Extrusion, Feed Technology, Grain Storage, Milling, Sanitation, Starch, and Value Added etc.). Prior contact you have had with any faculty. Faculty you desire to work with as a graduate student.

♦ Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
The GRE is required for all applicants to Grain Science and Industry. A minimum GRE score of 294 is required.

INTERNATIONAL students the following application documents are also required:

♦ Original transcript(s)
Please provide a copy of original transcripts written in your language and one translated into English for all grades, from all colleges and universities you have attended.

An official report of TOEFL or IELTS score is required, or evidence of a degree from a U.S. university. The Grain Science Graduate Program Committee requires a minimum TOEFL score of 90, and a minimum score of 7 on the IELTS. We give preference to students with higher TOEFL scores and academic records.

♦ Affidavit of Financial Support: Complete and sign all appropriate sections of this form and return with needed documentation to show support. An affidavit of financial support can not be more than nine months old.  KSU and Grain Science require this financial statement. It acts as your proof to the United States Immigration Service that you have adequate financial resources to live in the United States during your years of study.

If you would like to contact us for more information, please call us at 785-532-6161 or email us at grains@k-state.edu

Detailed Information

For More Information

Dr. Jon Faubion

Dr. Jon Faubion
Graduate Admissions Chair
Grain Science & Industry
209 Shellenberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

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