Application Process for the Security Studies Master's Degree
1. Review Admission Requirements
Admission into the security studies master’s program requires:
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (B) or better. In some cases, a 2.75 will be permissible if the last 60 hours of study were at least a 3.0.
- Admission into the K-State Graduate School
Kansas State University is committed to upholding rigorous admissions standards for the security studies graduate degree programs. All applications are subject to approval by a joint history-political science admissions committee. Admission to the security studies program is highly competitive. Applicants with a GPA under 3.00 on a four-point scale will need very strong qualities in other areas (such as research or professional experience) to gain admission; a GPA of 3.00 or above is no guarantee of admission.
The admissions committee is seeking to admit applicants already possessing or with the demonstrated potential to develop certain core competencies, including analytical reasoning, verbal and other language abilities, familiarity with social science and humanities methodologies and literature, advanced communication skills, and foreign language ability. All application materials should speak to one or more of those core competencies. The admissions committee will assess each set of application materials as a whole, attempting to balance any particular aspect with all other aspects of the application file.
2. Review Application Requirements
Admission to the security studies master’s program is typically offered in the fall semester.
- U.S. Applicants
- Fall semester (begins in late August): Jan. 8/Aug. 1
- Admissions decisions for fall semester entry are made in two rounds. The initial round will close on January 8, and the admissions committee will admit a number of applications, put other applicants on a waiting list, and reject the remainder. A second round will close on August 1. Those on the waiting list from the February round will automatically be considered for the August round. Because of the tight deadlines, all candidates intending to apply for the August round should contact the director of security studies as soon as possible to inform the program of their plans.
- International Applicants
- Fall semester (begins in late August): Jan. 8
- U.S. Applicants: $65
- International Applicants: $75
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 security studies program are congruent with what the program provides
- review a sample of your writing skills
- Names and emails of three professional and/or academic references. At least two of the three letters should be from those who can speak authoritatively to your potential to succeed in graduate studies in an academic context.
- 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.
- Official reports of Graduate Record of Examination (GRE) test scores are recommended but not required. For applicants with a GPA below 3.0 at the institution at which they earned their bachelor's degree, GRE scores are particularly important in meeting the requirements for admission to the K-State Graduate School.
- A writing sample. This should be between 10 and 30 pages and representative of your best scholarly work. Term papers, thesis chapters and copies of published articles are all examples of acceptable writing samples.
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:
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.
Tip: select “Distance-Off Campus” and “Master’s” on the Academic Information page. On the Program Selection page, select “Arts and Sciences” followed by “Security Studies.”Apply
Application Concerns/Questions should be sent to:
Dr. Andrew Long
Director of Security Studies
Kansas State University
019D Calvin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Dr. David Graff
Director of the Institute for Military History
Kansas State University
309A Calvin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506