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Janel Koons
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Sarah Reasoner
Food Science Institute
1530 Mid-Campus Dr. North
Manhattan, KS 66506


Application Process for Food Safety and Quality Undergraduate Certificate

1. Review Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission into the online food safety and quality undergraduate certificate, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students with fewer than 24 completed college credit hours must have a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.0 and demonstrate proof of high school graduation or GED equivalent
  • Students with 24 or more completed college credit hours must have a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    • college chemistry
    • biology
    • microbiology
    • Additional course prerequisites may exist for elective courses
  • Reside within the U.S. or are active duty American military (or their dependent)

View K-State’s transfer equivalency guide to see how previously completed courses will transfer. 

Current K-State Students

Current K-State undergraduate students are not required to submit an application and may contact their academic advisor to inquire about completing the certificate program.

2. Review Application Requirements

The food safety and quality non-degree certificate program application fee is $40. apply online and pay the application fee using the undergraduate application. You must be admitted at least 30 days prior to the semester you want to begin.

In the online application form you will be asked the following questions and for the certificate you should answer as follows:

  • Do you plan to complete a degree? No
  • Are you seeking a post-degree minor? No
  • Are you seeking a certificate? Yes
  • Do you plan to take more than 15 credit hours at K-State? Yes
  • Where will you be taking K-State courses? Distance Education

After answering these questions you will have the opportunity to select the Food Safety and Quality Certificate from the list.

Returning K-State Students

Students who have not enrolled at K-State for at least one semester (excludes summer) must reapply. Students will not have to pay the application fee again or resend official required documentation unless additional college coursework has been completed since last enrolled at K-State.

3. Apply


4. Send Additional Documentation

Students with fewer than 24 completed college credit hours are required to submit an official high school transcript or GED equivalent and college transcripts from each institution attended.

Students with 24 or more completed college credit hours are only required to submit official college transcripts from each institution attended.

Request official documents be mailed, faxed or sent via electronic transcript provider to:

Office of Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
919 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506-0102
Fax: 785-532-6393

Electronic transcript provider: k-state@k-state.edu

Proof of English Proficiency

Students whose primary language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency during the application process by providing any one of the following official minimum test scores:


Minimum Required Score

Overall score of 79

Overall score of 6.5

Grade of A

Grade of C

English score of 21

Critical Reading score of 530 or Reading score of 29 (on tests taken after March 2016)

Overall score of 53

Pre-1 score

students who have completed four years in a U.S. high school with grades of C or better in all college preparatory English courses or who have earned 24 credit hours from a regionally accredited U.S. institution with grades of C or better in English Composition I and II are not required to take any of the above English language proficiency exams.

Note: student-issued or personal copies of transcripts or test scores are not considered official records and will not be accepted. 

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Degree: Nondegree Undergraduate Certificate
College: Agriculture
Credits: 20
Course delivery: Online

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