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Application Information

Application Requirements and Process

Students are encouraged to seek admission for the fall semester.

Kansas State University Application Instructions

Application to all graduate programs at K-State are processed through the Graduate School Website.

  1. Complete an application for admission to the Kansas State University Graduate School
  2. Graduate School application fee (as stated on the Graduate School website)
  3. Official transcripts of all college work completed to date
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Resume
  6. Goal statement (previous education and professional experience, plans after completing the degree)

Students should have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA for Graduate School entrance. In some cases, probational admission will be granted to students with a cumulative GPA below 3.0, if the GPA in the last 60 hours is above 3.0. Student must also maintain a 3.0 GPA in their Graduate Program to avoid dismissal from the master's program. For additional Graduate School information, please see the K-State Graduate School website.

K-State does not require GRE scores for admission to the M.S. in Youth Development program.

When all the materials are on file, the graduate committee will act on your request for admission to the Youth Development program and will contact you about their decision. You may receive one of four decisions:

  1. full admission,
  2. full admission, but you are on a waiting list,
  3. conditional admission subject to resolving deficiencies, or
  4. admission denied.
Application Deadlines

Fall semester: February 1
Spring semester: September 1

Kansas State University currently is accepting applications to begin in the fall and spring semesters. The application process is competitive and a limited number of slots are available to incoming students. In the event that a student is not accepted to our program due to limited space, they should contact one of our partner institutions which offer the same degree program at the same tuition rate. Additional information is located on the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance website.

To check on the status of an application, please contact Denise Fangman.

You select which participating institution you wish to be your degree-conferring institution. This institution will award your degree upon successful completion of the program of study. Each course has a maximum enrollment; and those who have been admitted to a degree program at one of the participating universities will be given preference for space in the class. Contact persons can provide specifics about admission and placement on wait-lists.

Graduate Record Examination

Kansas State University does not require the GRE for admission into the master's degree in youth development program.

Financial Aid

To qualify for financial aid, graduate students must be enrolled in 5 semester hours in the fall and spring semesters (half-time), and 3 hours in the summer. FAFSA forms must be filled out for all government loan programs. This form uses last year's income. If you've had a change in circumstances (i.e., quit work to go to school, have large moving or medical expenses) contact the financial aid office. They may be able to adjust your aid package based on this information. Student Financial Assistance provides financial aid forms, student guide, counseling and more.

K-State does accept VA tuition assistance for distance education courses. More information on this option can be obtained by calling 1-800-432-8222.

Kansas State University does not offer scholarships for part-time graduate students. To qualify for any scholarships, students must be enrolled in nine hours of graduate work. Most assistance for graduate students comes in the form of graduate assistantships.

Course Registration

The GPIDEA program coordinator will send instructions and course registration materials for each course. Students enroll for all courses through their home institution. This means students will have only one enrollment process to complete and one check to write. All coursework completed will immediately be recorded on your K-State transcript.

Tuition and Fees

As stated above, students admitted to the program at Kansas State University enroll at K-State for all courses, whether they are taught at K-State or at a participating university. All courses will have a common price. There is no in-state or out-of-state tuition. This price will cover all course costs except textbook or course packet purchases. Current costs can be found on the Great Plains IDEA website.

Classroom Instruction

Most courses are taught online using a course management system accessed through your web browser. Some have supplemental materials on videos or CDs and others may require phone conferencing. Interactivity between students and professor is through email, phone conferencing and the Internet classroom.

Course Materials

Textbooks and supplemental materials are required for each course and are the responsibility of the students. Approximate cost is $50-100 per course.

Transfer of credits

The dean of graduate studies of the degree-awarding institution will maintain a transcript for students matriculated at that university. Each semester, course rosters and grade sheets will be transferred between institutions allowing the grades to be automatically, and immediately, recorded on the student's transcript.

For more information on the M.S. in Youth Development program at K-State contact Elaine Johannes. For questions on the application process, contact Denise Fangman by email at dfangman@k-state.edu or by phone at 785-532-1471.