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Department of Agricultural Economics

Inquire and Apply

How to Apply

We are pleased that you are interested in the graduate program in Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. Before applying, check to see if you meet the University's admission requirements and ensure that you have all the supporting documents listed below. Your application, including the supporting materials, can then be submitted through the application portal in the Graduate School website.


We accept and review applications at any time of year, and students can enter the program either starting in the fall (AugU.S.t) or spring (January). To be fully considered for funding, applications should be submitted by January 8th for fall admission and by August 1st 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.

  • A carefully prepared two-page statement of objectives for graduate study
  • A current resume
  • 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.)
  • 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 U.S.. The institution code for Kansas State University is 6334.
  • 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 U.S.e 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.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants For international applicants (persons who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents), the additional items below are also required. Further details are at the Graduate School website.

Documentation of English language proficiency. If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English proficiency via either minimum scores on the TOEFL or IELTS exams, or by documenting that you have studied recently in a U.S. institution. Specifically:

  • TOEFL and IELTS scores are waived if the applicant has graduated from a U.S. institution within the last 2 years.
  • Applicants who are submitting iBT TOEFL (internet based) scores must have a minimum total score of 79 with no part score below 20 on the reading, listening, and writing sections.
  • Applicants who are submitting paper-based TOEFL (PBT) test scores must have a minimum total score of 550 with no part score below 55 on reading or listening sections and a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 5.0 or higher.
  • Applicants who are submitting an IELTS score must have a minimum total score of 6.5 with part scores of 6.5 or higher on the reading, listening, and writing sections.
  • You may enter your TOEFL or IELTS scores in the applications system where prompted and upload a personal copy of your test score report. However, official scores from the testing service must also be sent to Kansas State University (the TOEFL school code for KSU is 6334).

The Affidavit of Financial Support form (downloadable from the Graduate School website). U.S. immigration regulations require international applicants to show that sufficient funds are available to support their education and living expenses in the U.S. Financial support can be provided through a combination of personal funds, sponsored scholarships, and a paid assistantship. The Department awards paid assistantships to graduate students on a competitive basis. The online application system will ask whether you wish to be considered for an assistantship.

The applicant should complete and sign Section 1 of the Affidavit. A sponsoring family member or organization awarding a scholarship should complete and sign Section 2, if applicable. If you are receiving a scholarship from a sponsor who requires an acceptance letter before they will sign the Affidavit of Financial Support, please contact Dustin Pendell at dpendell@k-state.edu.

Upload a signed copy of a completed Affidavit in the online application system where prompted. The Graduate School will request an original copy of the Affidavit along with supporting documentation if you are admitted.

For information regarding our on-campus Master's degree and Ph.D. options, please contact:
Nathan Hendricks
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
326 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785.532.6925 | Fax

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

Mary Bowen
Master of Agribusiness
306 Waters Hall

Allen Featherstone
Master of Agribusiness Program Director
342 Waters Hall
Phone: 785.532.4441