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.
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
- 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:
Fall Semester Admission - January 15
Spring Semester Admission - August 15
Summer Semester Admission - December 15
Admission to the program is highly competitive, PLEASE APPLY EARLY!
Application documents for all students
♦ Please complete an application form through the graduate school 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 and the Recommendation Form.
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. When applying to take the GRE use the code 0199(other) for our Department, code 6334 for Kansas State. Please send the score results with the application materials.
A minimum GRE score of 294 between the verbal (146) and quantitative (148) 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 score must be a minimum of 550 written, 213 computer based, or 79 internet. The Department will also accept the scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)–academic exam, or evidence of a degree from a U.S. university. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years only. The Grain Science Graduate Program Committee prefers 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. The TOEFL code is 31 and Institution code is 6334.
♦ 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 should not be more than nine months old, and a photocopy or fax copy of the form is not acceptable, must be an original! 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.
Please follow the instructions carefully and send all materials to the attention of the Department of Grain Science, Graduate Admissions. If you would like to contact us for more information about the department or updates on the application process, please do so through our Graduate Services Coordinator-Beverly McGee, email@example.com