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Admission to the doctoral program is very competitive and based on a comprehensive assessment of each applicant's application package. Due to the limited number of spots available per yearly cohort, applicants must submit all required materials on, or before, the December 1st deadline. In addition, top candidates must be available for a brief telephone or Internet-based interview. Students officially begin the program during the summer semester with their first on-campus session.

Admission Criteria

Applicants must possess an undergraduate and graduate degree from a recognized and accredited institution (see sidebar on the right-hand side of this page).

When reviewing your application, we also take the following into consideration:

  • research interest fit with faculty
  • career objective and potential to contribute to the academic field
  • resume and/or curriculum vitae
  • 10-page reflection paper (instructions (pdf))
  • commitment to participation in required summer 10-day residency courses for first three years of study in Manhattan, Kansas, OR desire to complete degree with full-time study in Manhattan, KS (also requires 10-day summer residency courses)
  • commitment to participation in an international capstone learning experience during the fourth year in the program
  • extent to which the doctoral program matches your academic objectives
  • potential for graduate study as reflected by GRE/GMAT scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation
  • commitment to attend professional and academic association meetings
  • telephone and/or Internet-based interview
  • commitment to program milestones

In general, your undergraduate grade point average should be a 3.0 (B) or better. In some cases, a 2.75 will be permissible if the last 60 hours of study were at least a 3.0. It is expected that all graduate level work will result in a grade point average of 3.0, or higher. GRE/GMAT scores from within the last 5 years are required for admittance.

Once you have submitted the required application materials, the faculty will review your credentials. Upon approval and assignment of a temporary advisor, your file will be forwarded to the Graduate School, which checks the completeness of your application, reviews your official transcripts, and verifies that you have or will soon have a valid degree from an accredited institution.

Application Process

  1. Submit an application for admission to the Kansas State University Graduate School for: Health and Human Sciences - PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING
  2. Submit a domestic application fee of $65 or international application fee of $75. Applying to the wrong program will require an additional application fee of $65
  3. In addition to the degree-granting institutions, transcripts from every college where credit was received must be uploaded. An official copy of each must also be sent directly to: The Graduate School, Kansas State University, 113-119 Eisenhower Hall, 1013 Mid-Campus Drive, Manhattan, KS 66506. Please do not submit electronic transcripts by using the URL option
  4. Upload your copy of official GRE/GMAT scores with transcripts during step 3.  Official reports cannot be submitted directly by GRE/GMAT to this program during the application process. You must submit your personal copy of original scores along with your transcripts in step 3.
  5. Provide three letters of recommendation from current or former faculty, colleagues, or other professionals who are non-family members; your references will be contacted by CollegeNet via email as you complete the process. An accompanying letter may be uploaded by references while completing the recommendation form online
  6. Upload resume or curriculum vitae
  7. Upload personal reflection paper answering standardized questions. The Reflection Paper is considered your "writing sample". For more information, download the Personal Reflection Paper Instructions (pdf)

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all application materials have been submitted on, or before, the final application deadline. Any items missing from steps 1-7 above will render the applicant's file void and unacceptable for review. For questions, please contact:

Tierra Dimond, Program Coordinator
Department of Personal Financial Planning
Kansas State University
343J Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to avoid dismissal from the doctoral program. For additional K-State Graduate School information, please visit the Graduate School web site.

If your application file is complete by the deadline, the graduate committee will act on your request for admission to the program and will contact you about their decision. You may receive one of three decisions:

  1. full admission
  2. conditional admission subject to resolving deficiencies
  3. admission denied

Note: Applicants to the K-State Graduate School must have a bachelor's degree substantially the same as the ones granted by K-State. These degrees regularly contain a broad range of courses representing the basic academic disciplines. In addition, a major portion of the courses included should be graded by a multilevel system, usually A, B, C, D, F.

Final Application Deadline

The application deadline is December 1st to begin the program the following Summer.

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Accrediting Bodies

The Graduate School recognizes the following Institutional Accrediting Bodies:

  • MSA — Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • NASC — The Northwest Association of Schools and College
  • NCA — North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • NEASC-CIHE — New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • SACS-CC — Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  • WASC-Sr — Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities