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Admission Requirements

Educational Leadership

Prospective or practicing educational leaders at all levels may be admitted either as degree seekers or non-degree seekers. Basic admission requires acceptance by the K-State Graduate School, phone 785-532-6191.

Full admission to a master’s degree program in educational leadership requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, a GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours, and an acceptable Miller Analogies Test score. Current MAT target score is the 50th percentile. GRE scores may be considered as well.

Different requirements apply for doctoral admission and for admission to other departments in the college. For more information, contact the department at 785-532-5535. Non-Degree Status (“Special Student”): In some cases, a student may wish to take a course prior to being admitted in a degree program. In these cases, a person must be admitted for nondegree status (often referred to as a “special student”). No more than nine credit hours earned as a non-degree student may be applied for an advanced degree if the student is later admitted to a degree program. It is to the student’s advantage to apply for admission into the degree program as soon as possible after deciding to pursue a degree.

  • A completed Graduate School application. The application is available through the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • A statement of objectives which includes:
    1. Your reasons for seeking this degree;
    2. your intended area of specialization within the program;
    3. any research interests;
    4. past and present employment;
    5. and future professional plans.
    If you have a request for a certain advisor, indicate that preference in the statement of objectives.
  • If applying for the Educational Leadership program you must provide:
    1. Evidence of successful teaching and/or other relevant experience as documented by student teaching reports, three letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, etc.
    2. Relevant prior education equivalent to KSU programs for certification to teach in preschool, elementary, or secondary schools (possible exceptions for preschool special education applicants and non-license seekers).
    3. A Miller Analogies Test (MAT) of 399 or higher or average or higher scores on each subpart (verbal, quantitative, analytical) on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Those with one or more GRE scores below the 50th percentile or a MAT below 399 may be considered for probationary admission if there is credible evidence of potential for success such as a strong academic record.
  • Two OFFICIAL transcripts from the institution awarding your bachelor’s degree and two OFFICIAL transcripts from all institutions at which any graduate credits were completed. Copies that are stamped "issued to student" cannot be accepted. If you have credits from K-State, we can obtain a copy of the K-State transcript at no cost to you.
  • At least a 3.00 GPA during undergradute junior and senior years. Those with GPAs between 2.65 and 2.99 may be considered for probationary admission if it can be demonstrated there is the potential for success in the graduate program. This is most often demonstrated on the basis of GRE or MAT test scores.
  • Graduate School Application Fee:
    • Domestic Students – $50 application fee is required; your application will not be processed without this fee. Please make a check out to the K-State Graduate School, and include it with your application. If you are applying online, you may pay by credit card.
    • International Students – $75 application fee is required; your application will not be processed without this fee. Please pay with an international cashier’s check or money order (in U.S. funds) to the K-State Graduate School, and include it with your application. We cannot accept cash or personal checks from international students. If you are applying online, you may pay by credit card.
  • The application materials are to be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies NOT the department.
    Office of Graduate Studies
    College of Education
    18 Bluemont Hall
    1100 Mid-Campus Drive
    Kansas State University
    Manhattan, KS 66506-5301
    785-532-5595
    coegrads@k-state.edu