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Grain Science and Industry

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

Sajid Alavi

Greg Aldrich

Subramanyam Bhadriraju

Hulya Dogan

Yonghui Li

Chad Paulk

Kaliramesh Siliveru

Yong-Cheng Shi

Charles Stark

Susan (Xiuzhi) Sun

Yi Zheng

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.)

For submission of application information to the Department of Grain Science, Graduate Admissions are below.

Required Materials:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • GRE scores *The GRE requirement has been waived for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, however applicants may still submit scores for consideration.
  • IELTS or TOEFL scores (*if native language is NOT English)
  • Transcripts
  • Financial documents

Material should be to 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, $65 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).

♦ GRE:
An official report of the GRE General Test score is required. The Grain Science Graduate Program Committee requires a minimum combined Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning GRE score of 290, and a minimum Analytical Writing score of 2.5 on the GRE General Test. We give preference to students with higher GRE scores and academic records. **NOTICE** Due to COVID-19, the Grain Science Graduate Program Committee has waived the GRE requirement for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 applications.  

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 English language proficiency requirements are a minimum TOEFL score of 79, and a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. Further testing scores information can be located here. We give assistantship preference to students with higher TOEFL/IELTS 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 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.

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