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Graduate School Application Procedures and Deadlines

Currently, ONLY students that reside within the United States and Canada are eligible for admission into the Graduate Online Food Science Education program.

For those applying to the PhD program, a Masters of Science degree is required.

The student's supervisory committee will resolve course deficiencies. Certain programs within food science may require additional courses. When the student's committee believes it necessary, the student will be required to take additional undergraduate courses to prepare more completely for the individual program.

Admission Requirements

Requirement of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores has been suspended indefinitely.

Must meet entrance requirements of the K-State Graduate School, which include:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), or GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework.
  • English proficiency requirements (for applicants whose native language is not English): minimum score of 79 for iBT TOEFL (internet based), 550 for TOEFL (PBT), 6.5 for IELTS, or 58 for Pearson Test of English (PTE).

Must have completed the following pre-requisite courses:

  • Biology, Botany, or Zoology
  • Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Calculus
  • Statistics

Must provide:

  • English proficiency scores (for applicants whose native language is not English)


Application Materials and How to Apply

Requirement of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores has been suspended indefinitely.

To apply, complete the online application process via the Graduate School website. Note that a non-refundable application fee will apply. You will be required to submit the following materials as part of the application process:

  • Official transcripts of all previous college work.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A brief statement of objectives (see note below).
  • English proficiency scores (TOEFL or IELTS) - for applicants whose native language is not English
  • An Affidavit of Financial Support – for international applicants (see note below)


Brief statement of objectives:

  • One to two pages is sufficient.
  • Describe why you want to pursue a graduate degree in Food Science at Kansas State University.
  • Indicate your general area of interest (i.e., food chemistry, food microbiology, cereals, meat science, sensory analysis, etc.). This allows the application to be directed to the appropriate faculty. Terms such as "food processing" and "food technology" are too general and may result in rejection because of lack of specificity.
  • Indicate any prior contact you have had with faculty.
  • Indicate faculty you desire to work with as a graduate student, if known.

Affidavit of Financial Support for international applicants:

  • Complete financial form and evidence of financial support for entire graduate program.
  • Ensure sections 1, 2, and 3 are filled out completely on the affidavit. It must include the official bank seal and signature of the bank official. A certificate of deposit or a bank statement is not acceptable to fulfill this requirement.


Application Deadlines

Applications, with all required supporting materials included, must be received by the deadlines below. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed.

To be admitted for FALL (classes begin in August):

  • International Students apply by January 8
  • Domestic Students apply by April 1
  • Online Masters Students apply by August 1

To be admitted for SPRING (classes begin in January):

  • International Students apply by August 1
  • Domestic Students apply by December 7


Application Review Process

Your application will be reviewed by an admission committee composed of the Food Science graduate faculty. If your application is accepted for admission to the program, a graduate faculty member willing to serve as your major professor must be identified prior to forwarding your credentials to the graduate school. The Graduate School must then review your official transcripts, verify that you have a valid degree from an accredited institution, and determine official approval into the graduate program. Please allow at least 8 weeks from the application deadline for processing of your application materials.


Tuition and Fees
On campus Graduate student tuition and fee schedules

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Research and teaching assistantships are available on a limited basis that are administered by the individual departments. Those receiving assistantships pay in-state fees. Faculty also obtain funds from the Agricultural and Engineering Experiment Stations and outside research funds that help sponsor some graduate research assistantships. Currently, research stipends are competitive but vary by department.

For More Information

Nicole Marple
Program Assistant
Food Science Institute
216 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : 785-532-4057


Dr. J. Scott Smith
Dr. J. Scott Smith
FSI Graduate Program Chair
Animal Sciences & Industry
208 Call Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : (785) 532-1219