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Application Procedures and Deadlines

Applications to all graduate programs at K-State are processed through Kansas State University's Graduate School. Below is a listing of the forms you need to fill out and items you need to submit. Some items are specific to international students only.

  1. The K-State application form for admission to the Graduate School.
  2. Reference Form - Three people need to complete the appropriate form and send it directly to us:
  3. Please visit CollegeNET to fill out the application 
  4. One official transcript (with institution's seal) sent directly from each university attended.
  5. GRE scores sent directly from testing agency to K-State (6334) or ATID (4604). No minimum scores are required. The GRE requirement is waived for the distance master's Merchandising program.
  6. A one-page Statement of Objectives should be included in your application materials. As part of the statement, you should discuss your reasons or motivations for pursuing a graduate degree in the Apparel and Textiles program at Kansas State University, including how the graduate program will contribute to your career goals and aspirations. Additionally, for applicants to our resident master's and doctoral programs, you should also outline your specific research interests, listing those faculty members in our department who are most closely aligned with your scholarly interests and could possibly supervise your thesis or dissertation research. See a complete list of our faculty and staff.
  7. Resume.
  8. For applicants pursuing an interest in apparel design, submit 4-6 images of recent work as a PDF file.
  9. Application Fee: $75 for international students or $50 for domestic students. Money order or cashier's check made payable to KSU Graduate School. Personal checks will not be accepted.

International Students Only

In addition to the above, please provide the following:

  1. TOEFL scores sent directly from testing agency. Minimums: 550 paper-based; 213 computer-based; or 79 internet-based. 
    • Applicants who are submitting a 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 a 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 of higher on the reading, listening, and writing sections.
    • Applications who are submitting a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score must have a minimum total score of 58 with part scores of 58 or higher.
  2.  Applicants who do not meet the scores specified above must meet the following criteria during the first semester of enrollment in order to satisfy the English proficiency requirement:
    • Applicants with one or two low part scores (14-19 IBT, 48-54 PBT, 5.0-6.4 IELTS, 47-57 PTE) must successfully complete one or more of the specified classes based on the section of the examination that is below the minimum (20 IBT; 55 on reading or listening sections and a TWE of less than 5.0 PBT; 6.5 IELTS; 58 PTE):
      • DAS 176 - Reading Skills
      • DAS 177 - Written Communication
      • DAS 178 - Listening Skills
  3. Waivers will not be approved.
  4. Affidavit of financial support form (pdf). If a certificate of deposit is submitted, the amount of funds must be shown in U.S. dollars. The document must be an original from the financial institution. Photocopies or fax copies cannot be accepted.
  5. Photocopy of passport page that has the person's name and photograph on it.
  6. Applicants who are applying for the distance education programs and who will not be enrolled on the Kansas State University Manhattan or Salina campuses, are required to meet all minimum score requirements listed above. Your will not be able to take an English Proficiency Test or enroll in English courses on campus.

How to Submit Materials

To submit materials please visit the Graduate School website and follow the instructions. Click here to get started. 


Gina Jackson, Administrative Specialist

Application Deadlines

Master's and Doctoral in Apparel and Textiles Resident Programs

  • January 8 for admission the following fall semester
  • August 1 for admission the following spring semester

Master's in Merchandising Distance Program

  • March 1 for admission the following summer or fall semesters
  • October 1 for admission the following spring semester

Review by Graduate Faculty

The graduate faculty in the department review applications as a group and decide whether or not to recommend admission. It is advised that applicants contact graduate faculty members prior to applying to ensure there is a match between research interest and faculty expertise. Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete and the application fee has been paid. If admission is recommended, the application, transcripts and supporting materials are then sent to the Graduate School for final review. In the event that the faculty decide against admission, the applicant is notified by letter.

Assistantships and Scholarships

Graduate Assistants

The department has limited funding to support Graduate Assistantships (GAs), Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs). If you are interested in seeking educational support funding, please visit CollegeNET for assistantship opportunities and application. 

Assistantship applications are due January 8th with a decision announced by March 15th.


Some non-service scholarship funding also is awarded. This application will allow your name to be considered for any scholarship for which you qualify.

Please visit CollegeNET for scholarship opportunities and application. 

Notice of Nondiscrimination

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Revised Aug. 29, 2017.