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Department of Agricultural Economics

Graduate Admission Requirements

How to Apply

We are pleased that you are interested in applying for the graduate program in Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. Before applying please ensure that you have all of the required application materials listed below. Your application, including the supporting materials, can then be submitted through the application portal in the Kansas State University Graduate School.


We accept and review applications at any time of year, and students can enter the program either starting in the fall (August) or spring (January). To be fully considered for funding, applications should be submitted by January 8 for fall admission and by August 1 for spring admission. Whether you are applying for funding or not, international students must apply by these dates to allow sufficient time for visa processing. We will accept applications after these dates for domestic students, but initial funding allocations will be made in January and August. For applicants residing in the U.S. who are not requesting funding, the final application deadlines are May 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission.

Required Application Materials

The Department of Agricultural Economics requires the following support material for all applicants, which must be submitted with the online application.

  1. A carefully prepared two-page statement of objectives for graduate study
  2. A current resume
  3. Names and contact information for three references familiar with your academic work, from whom we will request letters of recommendation. (If you have an M.S. degree, letters should be from someone familiar with your M.S. program.
  4. GRE scores. Enter your scores in the online application form along with the date on which the exam was taken (GRE scores are valid for 5 years), and have the official scores sent to us. The institution code for Kansas State University is 6334.
  5. Transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework. Upload electronic copies of your transcripts where prompted in the online application system. If the transcript is not in English, you will also need to upload a copy of an official translation. If the transcript does not use a 4 point grading system, provide information so grades can be converted to an A, B, C, D, F scale. If you are admitted, the Graduate School will require you to submit original, official transcripts.
International Applicants

Persons who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are required to send the following:

  1. English Proficiency Requirement:  TOEFL score (internet or paper-based), IELTS or PTE.
  2. Complete Financial Affidavit Portion of Application: Applicants will be prompted with a series of questions and based on answers to these questions applicants will be asked to upload the appropriate documents to the application if needed. Please note you do not need to have personal funds available if you are applying for financial support from K-State.

For more information about international applications please visit the Kansas State University Graduate School


We begin reviewing applications immediately following the deadline and start making offers in February and March for Fall Admission and in September and October for spring admission. To give yourself the best chance of acceptance, make sure your application is complete.

For M.S. Applications:

All applications are evaluated by the Department of Agricultural Economics Graduate Committee. The committee reviews all of the required application materials when making recommendations for admission (and funding). We do not have specific GPA or GRE scores that guarantee either admission or denial of admission. However, given the importance of quantitative skills in our graduate program, the committee will pay close attention to the GRE quantitative score. The committee will also look for evidence that applicants have background training and/or coursework in calculus, statistics, and intermediate level microeconomics.

For Ph.D. Applications:

All applications are evaluated by the Department of Agricultural Economics Graduate Committee and by at least one member of the Department of Economics Graduate Committee. Applicants to the Ph.D. will typically have obtained or be enrolled in a M.S. degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, or a related discipline. Applicants with a B.S. or B.A. degree may also apply to the Ph.D. program. To be admitted they will, at a minimum, have all of the necessary qualifications for admission to the M.S. program, but will also show evidence of higher levels of achievement in economic theory, calculus, and statistics. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program may be granted admission to the M.S. program.

More information about the application process can be found at the Graduate School website


Graduate Program Information

For information regarding our on-campus Master's degree and Ph.D. options, please contact:

Dr. Nathan Hendricks
Director of Graduate Programs
326 Waters Hall

Erin Craig
Graduate Programs Coordinator
304 Waters Hall

For information on our online Master of Agribusiness program, please contact:

Mary Bowen
Master of Agribusiness Program 
306 Waters Hall
Phone: 785.532.4435