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Admission into Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement

Graduate Certificate Option for Current K-State Students

If you are already a degree-seeking graduate student at K-State, you do not need to make a separate application for the certificate. Once you have completed the requirements for the certificate, visit the Graduate School form website, select Miscellaneous and then select Certificate Completion Form (PDF).

Send the completed form to:

Colene Lind, Graduate Coordinator
Department of Communication Studies
Kansas State University
209 Nichols Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Once the form has been reviewed and signed by the department's certificate program coordinator, the department will submit your form to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will print your certificate (the certificates are printed every several months) and return it to the department for the certificate program coordinator's signature. We will then mail the document to you.

Graduate Certificate Option for Incoming Students

1. Review Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission into the DDPE graduate certificate program, students must have:

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA in the final two years or approximately the last 60 credit hours
  • Computer proficiency

Students who do not meet the undergraduate course requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis at the discretion of the certificate faculty if the student has demonstrated adequate preparation in this or an equivalent field and has successfully completed projects of equivalent difficulty.

2. Review Application Requirements

Admission to the DDPE program is available each fall semester. 

Application Deadlines

  • U.S. Applicants: August 1
  • International Applicants: March 1

Application Fee

  • U.S. Applicants: $65
  • International Applicants: $75

Graduate School Application Fee FAQ

3. Prepare to Apply

Please be prepared to upload the following information when completing the online application.

  • Statement of objectives: State your academic objectives, giving specific reasons for the selection of your field of study, contemplated research areas and professional plans. Most statements are three to four paragraphs in length. The objectives allow faculty to:
    • determine that your expectations of the program are congruent with what the program provides
    • review a sample of your writing skills
  • Unofficial transcripts from each institution attended
    • Failure to list any colleges or universities from which you received a degree or enrolled in graduate coursework may result in dismissal from the university.
    • If your transcripts are not in English, you must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority.
    • You will be asked for official transcripts after notification of admission.


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 minimum test scores:


Minimum Required Score


Scores must be self-reported within the application and official scores must be sent by the testing service to K-State. Exception: students who have received a degree in the last two years from a U.S. college or university are not required to take any of the above English language proficiency exams. 

4. Apply

Tip: select “Distance-Off Campus” and “Graduate Certificate” on the Academic Information page. On the Program Selection page, select “Arts and Sciences” followed by “Diag, Deliber, & Public Engmnt.”

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Degree: Graduate Certificate
College: Arts and Sciences
Credits: 12
Course delivery: Hybrid

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