Kansas State University


Graduate School

Graduate School update

The Graduate School at K-State awarded its first master’s degree in 1871. In the 141 years since that first degree, the school has awarded thousands of graduate degrees.

Today, there are more than 4,300 students enrolled in one of the 70 master’s degree, 42 doctoral degree and 36 certificate programs offered at K-State. Students from around the world pursue graduate studies at one of three campus locations in Kansas, including Manhattan, Salina and Olathe, or via distance education. There are more than 1,100 graduate faculty at K-State instructing students in a wide range of disciplines and conducting collaborative research and scholarly work in animal health and disease; ecology, ecological genomics and climate change; energy and sustainability; education, human health and well-being; transportation; architecture; fine art; social sciences; humanities and many others.

New online master’s program to serve families and communities

The Graduate School is excited to announce the addition of a new online master’s degree program to help students serve families and communities. The new online master of science in Family and Community Services program will benefit members of the military and human service professionals worldwide and provides in-depth knowledge of family and individual development in community context. The program beings spring 2013.

“This degree program is highly appropriate for people who have undergraduate degrees in family studies, social work and related fields,” said Maurice MacDonald, the faculty chair of the new program and director of K-State’s School of Family Studies and Human Services. “People who want to supplement what they know from other areas or who want to get a degree focusing on this area will find it very convenient.”

The new online program is offered through the university’s College of Human Ecology and its School of Family Studies and Human Services. It is sponsored by the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance.