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Kansas State University

Graduate School

R. W. Trewyn, Dean and Vice Provost for Research

Carol W. Shanklin, Associate Dean

James A. Guikema, Associate Dean and Associate Vice Provost for Research

Cheryl J. Polson, Assistant Dean

103 Fairchild Hall

785-532-6191

1-800-651-1816 Fax: 785-532-2983
www.ksu.edu/grad

Graduate study

Kansas State University offers 59 master's level programs, 42 doctoral level programs, and more than 20 graduate certificate programs. Graduate programs extend the undergraduate experience into advanced areas in chosen fields of specialization.

While graduate study has major components of study in specialized course work, graduate students must also develop a capacity for independent research and scholarly activity. They carry out original work under the direction of faculty members who are experts in the discipline. Independent research normally results in the preparation and publication of a thesis or dissertation, and the student must satisfactorily defend that research before a faculty committee appointed by the dean of the Graduate School.

In several professional disciplines, the master's degree curriculum is more structured in course work to place stronger emphasis on preparation for professional practice. While these professional programs also incorporate research methodologies in their graduate curriculum, the formal requirement of a thesis based on independent research may be waived, generally being replaced by a capstone document.

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies should consult the Graduate Catalog (www.ksu.edu/grad/catalog) for descriptions of graduate programs and information about financial assistance opportunities.

Admission

All students desiring to pursue graduate studies must first be formally admitted by the Graduate School. Students normally submit the application for admission directly to departments. After reviewing a student's qualifications to pursue advanced study, the academic departments forward a recommendation on admission to the Graduate School for review and approval.

All students admitted to the Graduate School are required to adhere to the university policies established by the graduate faculty through the Graduate Council, including policies published in the Graduate Handbook (www.ksu.edu/grad/handbook). Students are advised to familiarize themselves with these policies as early in their graduate careers as possible. Students are also advised that departments or interdepartmental graduate programs may have additional policies particular to those programs above and beyond these university policies.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance is available to graduate students in many disciplines to enable them to pursue an advanced degree. Such support is typically extended as fellowships, traineeships, graduate teaching assistantships, or graduate research assistantships supported by university, state, federal, corporate, or private funding sources. Students interested in financial support are advised to contact the academic department or graduate program directly to obtain current information. Because many of these stipends are offered early, prospective students should inquire as soon as they decide to pursue graduate studies. Students are also encouraged to visit the campus and discuss their goals for advanced study with the program faculty.

Graduate studies by undergraduate seniors and special students

Seniors at Kansas State University who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on prior undergraduate work and are within two semesters of receiving a bachelor's degree may take up to nine hours for graduate credit in courses numbered in the 500, 600, and 700 sequences.

Enrollment in 800-level courses and above is normally restricted to students admitted to the Graduate School. In exceptional circumstances, highly qualified students may enroll in courses numbered 800 and above only with permission from the instructor of the course, the head of the department, and the dean of the Graduate School.

Those wishing to take more than nine semester hours must be admitted to graduate study by the Graduate School following the award of a bachelor's degree. Courses taken for undergraduate credit cannot be changed to graduate credit.

A student enrolled as an undergraduate special student may not take courses for graduate credit.

Concurrent bachelor's/graduate degree program

Concurrent bachelor's/graduate degree programs are offered in selected disciplines. This option gives outstanding students the opportunity to pursue bachelor's and graduate degrees at the same time. The transition toward graduate-level work evolves throughout the student's academic life, and a high level of advising coordinates and guides the process.

Admission to concurrent programs typically occurs during the second semester of the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year. A limited number of hours taken for graduate credit can be applied to the bachelor's degree. Minimum standards for admission require a cumulative GPA of 3.0; individual graduate programs may require additional admissions criteria.

The bachelor's degree may be awarded at any time after completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, or the bachelor's and the advanced degree may be awarded concurrently.

Any interested student should contact the graduate program to see if the concurrent degree option is available.

Graduate faculty

Consult the K-State Graduate Catalog, available at www.ksu.edu/grad/faculty/faculty.htm

Graduate Degrees

Master's degrees
Master of science

Agricultural economics

Agronomy

Animal sciences

Apparel and textiles

Architectural engineering

Biochemistry

Biological and agricultural engineering

Biology

Biomedical science

  Pathobiology

  Veterinary clinical sciences

  Veterinary physiology

Chemical engineering

Chemistry

Civil engineering

Computer science

Education

  Adult and continuing education

  Counseling and student development

  Curriculum and instruction

   Elementary education

   Secondary education

  Educational administration and leadership   Special education

Electrical and computer engineering

Entomology

Family studies and human services

  Marriage and family therapy

  Life span and human development

  Communication sciences and disorders

  Early childhood education

  Personal and financial planning

  Family life education and consultation

  Gerontology

  Youth development

Food science

Food service and hospitality management   and dietetics administration

Genetics

Geology

Grain science

Horticulture

Human nutrition

Industrial engineering

Kinesiology

Mass communications

Mathematics

Mechanical engineering

Nuclear engineering

Operations research

Physics

Plant pathology

Psychology

Statistics

Master of arts

Economics

English

Environmental planning and management

Geography

History

Modern languages

Political science

Security studies

Sociology

Speech

Theatre

Master of accountancy
Master of agribusiness
Master of architecture
Master of business administration
Master of engineering management
Master of fine arts
Master of landscape architecture
Master of music
Master of public administration
Master of public health
Master of regional and community planning
Master of software engineering
Doctoral degrees
Doctor of education

Adult and continuing education

Counseling and student development

Curriculum and instruction

Educational administration and leadership

Special education

Doctor of philosophy

Agronomy

Animal sciences

Biochemistry

Biology

Chemistry

Computer science

Economics

  Agricultural

  General

Education

  Adult and continuing education

  Counseling and student development

  Curriculum and instruction

Engineering

  Biological and agricultural engineering

  Chemical engineering

  Civil engineering

  Electrical and computer engineering

  Industrial engineering

  Mechanical engineering

  Nuclear engineering

Entomology

Food science

Genetics

Geography

Geology (cooperative with University of   Kansas)

Grain science

History

Horticulture

Human ecology

  Apparel and textiles

  Family life education and consultation

  Food service and hospitality management

  Life span human development

  Marriage and family therapy

Human nutrition

Mathematics

Microbiology (see biology)

Physics

Plant pathology

Psychology

Security studies

Sociology

Statistics

Veterinary pathobiology

Veterinary physiology

Graduate certificate programs

Academic advising

Air quality

Business administration

Classroom technology

Community planning and development

Complex fluid flows

Conflict resolution

Entomology

Feedlot production management

Food science

Geoenvironmental engineering

Geographic information science

Gerontology

International service

Occupational health psychology

Personal financial planning

Real-time embedded systems design

Teching students with autism spectrum   disorders

Technical writing and professional   communication

Women's studies

Youth development administration

Youth development professional