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Admission into Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement

Options for completing coursework

Application to the Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement program depends on your selection of the program as a graduate certificate or noncredit professional development option. The 12-credit graduate certificate program benefits individuals who are interested in the field and have already completed a bachelor's degree. Practitioners already in the industry who wish to take coursework for professional development can do so through a noncredit offering of the program.

In both cases, students will experience and benefit from the same quality instruction, working collaboratively both online and in person with faculty and participants from around the world. The program provides first-hand experience with dialogue and deliberation practices.

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 Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement 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.”


Noncredit Professional Development Option

Individuals who do not wish to receive academic credit for the DDPE program can register without applying for admission to Kansas State University.  REGISTER NOW

Cost and Payment Methods

The noncredit program fee is $3,800 USD. A 10 percent discount is available for National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation members. Courses may be taken individually but must be taken in sequence.

The following payment methods are accepted:

  • Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover accepted. Your credit card statement will show payment to KSU Controller's Office IV.
  • Check: Payable to Kansas State University, FEIN 48-0771751
  • Agency Purchase Order: Before submitting your registration to your business office for processing, please fax a copy of your registration form to Conference Registration at 785-532-2422. Please provide the actual copy of the APO as soon as it is available.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Registration is not considered final until fees have been paid. If you must cancel your registration, please send written notification to registration@k-state.edu with DDPE Collaborative in the subject line. A refund, less a $50 processing fee, will be issued if notice of cancellation is received three weeks prior to the program start date. Substitutions are accepted but notification should be sent in advance of the start date.

Kansas State University may cancel or postpone this program because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If the program is canceled or postponed, registration fees will be refunded but we cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Registration fees will not be canceled and refunds will not be issued if the program is held but the registrant is unable to attend due to travel delays or cancellations caused by inclement weather, or due to other extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of Kansas State University.

Registration Questions

If you have questions concerning registration, please contact Kansas State University Conferences and Noncredit Programs at registration@k-state.edu with DDPE Collaborative in the subject line, or call 785-532-5569 or 800-432-8222. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central) Monday through Friday.

Special Assistance

Participants who need accommodations due to a disability or who have special dietary requirements should indicate services needed at the time of registration. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Debbie Hagenmaier at debbieh@k-state.edu or call 785-532-5569 or 800-432-8222.

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

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