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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 415 / / Module (National)
  • Foreign: $ 877 / / Module (National)
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 813pts.



    The genetics program consists of 35 graduate faculty members and about 20 graduate students, in addition to visiting scientists, and postdoctoral fellows. All faculty members direct active research projects, and there is a high degree of interaction and cooperation among researchers in various areas of genetics.

    Graduate students are expected to start research in their first year and will receive individual attention and guidance. The objective is to produce graduates with a broad training in genetics, who are able to conduct independent research programs that are creative and productive. The curriculum is broad, including plant, animal, physiological, molecular, microbial, fungal, yeast, population, quantitative and behavioral genetics, as well as cytogenetics, genetic engineering, and biotechnology in general. Students are expected to specialize in one of four areas of genetics for their advanced study: Molecular Cellular and Developmental Genetics; Genetics of Plant-Microbe Interactions; Arthropod Genetics; or Quantitative Genetics.

    Original research is a requirement for study in the Genetics Graduate Program. The small size of the research labs, typically three to six students per lab, makes for close interaction within the group. Students are also encouraged to interact with other faculty and students in the program and in the member departments.


    Courses include:

    * A statistics course
    * A biochemistry class
    * A course in population genetics
    * Genetics of Microorganisms
    * Eukaryotic Genetics

    Additional courses required for the PhD degree depend on the emphasis of the degree program: * Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics emphasis
    * Genetics of Plant-Microbe Interactions emphasis
    * Arthropod Genetics emphasis
    * Quantitative Genetics emphasis

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.



    An applicant to the Graduate School at Kansas State University must have a bachelor's degree substantially the same as the ones granted by Kansas State University. That is, it must represent a broad range of courses in the basic academic disciplines. Applicants whose degrees do not meet these standards may be denied admission to graduate degree programs at Kansas State University.

    Admission is denied to applicants holding bachelor's degrees with a significant amount of credit for work that was not supervised by a faculty member of an accredited college or university or evaluated in units that identify the academic content. A limited amount of credit for experience, when awarded as an acceptable part of a bachelor's degree for internships, fieldwork, or the like, is not a cause for denial but must be clearly identified as graded work.

    Applicants to graduate degree programs pay a non-refundable application fee of: * $50 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and
    * $75 for international applicants

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79


    Most graduate students are able to finance their education with a variety of financial assistance tools specific to graduate school:

    * Graduate Assistantships: Funded by individual departments and graduate programs, teaching, research and graduate assistantships are awarded based on a student's ability and promise.
    * Graduate Fellowships
    * Loans: Loans are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have successfully applied for financial assistance
    * Traineeships: Traineeships are offered through the university or departments that have federally supported traineeships.



    Kansas State University has been providing quality education to the residents of Kansas, the country and the world for the last 150 years.

    Located in a community with nearly 60,000 people and more than 24,000 students, we are able to provide a safe and supportive environment for our students.

    Kansas State University has 3 campus locations, two of which, Manhattan and Salina, have complete academic programs and on-campus housing. Olathe is the third and newest extension of the university, focusing on collaborating with industry and Kansas City K-12 schools.


    Kansas State University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools since 1916.

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