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Manhattan KS 66506-4004

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How to Apply

All applicants for graduate study are expected to have a background in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and the physical sciences. An overall 3.0 GPA (B average, 80% or better) is expected, and international students must present evidence of proficiency in English (TOEFL or other acceptable exam). All details regarding KSU graduate programs and applications are available at the Graduate School website. The entire admission process is conducted online and can be accessed here. Among the items that will be necessary are:

  • Transcripts of all previous academic training (translated into English if in a non-English language)
  • A description of your career objectives in a statement form
  • A resume or curriculum vitae 
  • Three letters of recommendation  
  • If applicable, an abstract of the Master’s thesis may also be requested

The completed application is screened by the departmental Graduate Affairs Committee, which makes a recommendation for admission to the Department Head, who then makes a recommendation for admission to the Graduate School only if a major professor and financial assistance are identified.

For more specific information about the policies and practices of our graduate program, see the Graduate Student Policies and Procedures manual for our department.

Support for graduate study may be available. Please contact potential faculty mentors for possible opportunities.

Admission Criteria

  • A strong background in biology, in addition to a minimum of two years of chemistry, one year of mathematics, and one semester of physics.
  • An overall 3.0 GPA (B average) is expected in the undergraduate program. Admission of any student with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will require that the student be placed on academic probation at the start of enrollment (details about probationary enrollment are in the Graduate School Catalog, found here: http://catalog.k-state.edu/content.php?catoid=2&navoid=87).
  • Successful completion of the M.S. degree at another university does not automatically result in acceptance to the Ph. D. program; the student’s B.S. program background will be considered along with that of the M.S. program, as applicable.
  • The KSU Graduate School requires that international students present evidence of satisfactory knowledge of English (as of 2013, requirements are a minimum cumulative score of 550 in the paper-based TOEFL, or 79 in the internet-based TOEFL. See specific requirements here: http://www.k-state.edu/grad/students/international.html


Students are informed of acceptance and available financial aid promptly after submission of completed applications and consideration by the departmental graduate affairs committee and the department head.

Acceptance into the department is based upon approval by the graduate affairs committee, the department head, an advisor with whom the graduate program will be developed, and admission by the Graduate School.


Graduate School Application and Admission
Need Additional Information?

Contact the graduate program coordinator

Dr. Greg Zolnerowich