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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.

Graduate Program Faculty

SajidSajid Alavi


SubiSubramanyam Bhadriraju


HulyaHulya Dogan




Elisa Karkle



Yonghui Li


Chad Paulk


Kaliramesh Siliveru


Yong-Cheng Shi


Charles Stark


Susan (Xiuzhi) Sun


Yi Zheng


Greg Aldrich

Grain Science and Industry Gradaute Program Application Information

Application deadlines:

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

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

Course requirements

The Departmental Graduate Program Committee has established the following course requirements for admission to the 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.)

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:

  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Statement of Objectives
  • Resume/CV

INTERNATIONAL applicants are required to provide the following additional documents:

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

♦ English language proficiency test score:
An official report of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is required, or evidence of a degree from a U.S. university. The English language proficiency requirements are a minimum TOEFL score of 79, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or a minimum PTE score of 58. Further testing scores information can be located here

♦ 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 cannot 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.

Application Fees

All applicants for graduate admission or readmission must submit an application and pay the appropriate fee.

The application fee is $65 for domestic students and $75 for international students. Applicants will pay their application fee online by credit card, debit card or online check through CollegeNet prior to submitting their application materials (checks must be drawn on U.S. banks).

Grain Science Graduate Assistantships

We give assistantship preference to students with:

  • Exemplary academic records
  • High TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores

Detailed Information

Graduate Student Awards

Information and Application Forms 

For More Information

Dr. Jon Faubion

Dr. Yi Zheng
Graduate Admissions Chair
Grain Science & Industry
101C BIVAP Building
1980 Kimball Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66506