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College of Engineering Kansas State University

  • Manhattan, KS
  • Public
  • Suburban
  • 23%77%
    student ratio
  • 436
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Engineering Master's Program Offers Distance Learning Option for Working Professionals to Advance Their Careers

Engineering master's degrees are offered in all eight departments of the College of Engineering, along with degrees in operations research and computer science. Candidates for engineering master's degrees are typically required to spend one academic year in residence, but can meet the requirement with a mix of semester hours and other achievements, including a master's thesis or evidence of such scholarly effort as a term paper or other "creative work." Graduate requirements are determined by each student's supervisory committee.

The College of Engineering also offers engineering master's degrees through distance education, in civil, electrical, chemical, mechanical, and software engineering, as well as engineering management. All but a very few courses are offered online, and these can be delivered to the student on CD, videotape, or a combination of both. Distance courses are the same as the on-campus courses, and a distance student's diploma, transcript, and records are identical to any on-campus student's. Although students need not attend campus classes, most programs require a visit for the final exam to be administered.

After enrolling, distance students will receive an online course information packet with detailed information concerning each course, as well as relevant KSU policies and procedures. A "welcome" e-mail from the distance education facilitator will go out to all students about one month before each semester begins, confirming enrollments, classes, and expectations. The information streamlines the processes of ordering textbooks, setting up library and network access, and answering any and all questions that engineering master's distance students may have.

Distinguished Faculty and Top Research Facilities Provide Excellent Career Preparation

With its eight departments, the Kansas State University (KSU) College of Engineering offers a choice of 18 different degree programs and/or formal options. One of the major components of its educational environment and academic experience is interaction between and among students and distinguished faculty members. Undergraduates have the opportunity and flexibility to work with both faculty and graduate students in some of the finest research facilities in the country.

The KSU mission statement stresses the importance of faculty not only teaching, but also being intimately involved in research of the latest innovations in the fields of engineering, so as to deliver an up-to-date engineering education and experience. State-of-the-art research labs, centers, and institutes at the KSU College of Engineering offer unparalleled preparation for careers in computer science and construction. The presence of these research facilities--the Civil Infrastructure Systems Laboratory, Advanced Manufacturing Institute, Institute for Environmental Research, and others--illustrate one of the university's core values, which is to train future leaders for the betterment of all humanity.

One key example of teamwork among faculty, research facilities, and government is the Civil Infrastructures Systems Laboratories, underwritten by the federal and state departments of transportation. This regional center, housed at KSU, is home to accelerated testing of paving materials and the large-scale structural components used in modern bridges. The discoveries made in these research facilities contribute in a bottom-line, practical way to the safety and living standards of the citizens of Kansas as well as the country.

Manhattan, Kansas Maintains Strong Economy and Numerous Recreational Opportunities

Manhattan, Kansas sits in the northeastern part of the state where the Big Blue and Kansas rivers meet, and is the seat of government for Riley County. With 51,707 residents, it is the eighth-largest city in Kansas. It adopted its nickname, "The Little Apple," in the late 1970s, and in 2007 both CNN and "Money" magazine rated Manhattan as one of the ten best places in America to "retire young."

Manhattan's economy benefits from the presence of Kansas State University and its 23,000 students. Nearby Fort Riley also support the local retail businesses, and Manhattan has cultivated a manufacturing base with such local firms as GTM Sportswear, ICE Corporation, and Farrar Corporation maintaining factories in the city. Manhattan proves that college towns survive economic recessions due to their youthful economic base. The city successfully balances youthful creativity and vigor with midwestern practicality and maturity, making for a community that is confident as well as adventurous.

Much of that adventurous spirit can be seen in the vast number of recreational and cultural activities available. Manhattan is the proud home of sporting events; a broad palette of performing arts, galleries, and museums; and the annual Country Stampede Music Festival, the largest in Kansas. Colbert Hills Golf Course is ranked almost every year by "Golf Digest" as among the state's best, and the hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing opportunities in the region are innumerable.

Location & Contact

College of Engineering

Kansas State University

1046 Rathbone Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
United States

Dr. Darren Dawson


Phone: 785-532-5590
Fax: 785-532-7810

Ms. Maureen Lockhart

Administrative Assistant to the Dean

Phone: 785-532-5441
Fax: 785-532-7810

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Engineering And Applied Sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Software Engineering (MSE)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 124
    • Doctoral Degrees 22
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


37% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 503
    • Accepted 189
    • Acceptance Rate 37
    • Enrolled 73
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st January 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline August 1st August 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students436
    • Female Percentage23%
    • Male Percentage77%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students436
    • Part-time Percentage42%
    • Full-time Percentage58%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian80%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty147
    • Full-time Percentage84%
    • Part-time Percentage16%
    • Female Percentage16%
    • Male Percentage84%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNot Reported
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$28,951,579




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