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Master of Agribusiness

Application Process for International Students

Applications are screened upon receipt and will be accepted until September 15 for the Manhattan, KS cohort and April 1 for the Animal Health (K-State Olathe) cohort. Earlier submissions are strongly encouraged due to processing of I-20s.

  1. Complete an application. Apply electronically. You must also pay the $75 application fee online.
  2. Professional letters of reference. Request three professional letters of reference to be uploaded to the online application system (do not need to be from former instructors).
  3. Transcripts. Request each college or university where you received your bachelor’s degree or completed advanced course work to send an official transcript and certificate showing the degree earned to the MAB office. Students whose transcripts are not in English must also furnish a translation by an appropriate authority. Unofficial copies of your transcripts may be uploaded to the online application system.
  4. Statement of objectives. Explain your reasons for entering this field of study, professional plans, and research interests. Upload to the online application system.
  5. Letter of support from your employer. Request that your employer provide a letter indicating support of your entrance into the program – financial support is not required. It can double as a letter of support and be uploaded to the online application system. Or if it is a separate letter, it should be emailed to mab@ksu.edu.
  6. Resume. Upload to the online application system.
  7. TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test scores are required for applicants whose primary language is not English.

English Test Score Requirements:
IBT TOEFL (Internet Based) - 79
TOEFL (PBT) = 550
IELTS - 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) - 58

8. Financial Documentation. All international students need a Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 visa, must provide financial documentation (dated within 1 year) to prove sufficient funding is available to cover the estimated expenses. An I-20 cannot be issued until the affidavit has been completed, signed, and returned with the appropriate supporting documentation Acceptable documentation includes: Bank statement from checking, savings, stock holdings, and/or certificate of deposit; Bank letter, on letterhead, stating the date the account opened, average balance and current balance, or a Scholarship or sponsorship letter verifying amount, source, dates of award and acceptable program of study. 

Letters, personal statement of objectives, resume and unofficial transcripts must be uploaded to the online application system. Official transcripts should be emailed directly from the university to mab@ksu.edu or mailed to the address below:

Kansas State University
Master of Agribusiness Program
306 Waters Hall
1603 Old Claflin Pl
Manhattan, KS 66506 

Immigration and Visa Information

Since the on-campus sections earn academic credit towards the completion of the MAB program, you are required to obtain an F-1 visa prior to your arrival to the U.S. Once you have been accepted into the program, you will be issued a Form I-20. After you receive the original I-20, you will need to pay the $350* SEVIS I-901 fee. You can do so online at www.fmjfee.com. The $350 fee is assessed each time an I-20 is issued. *Fee is subject to change.

There is a separate visa application fee that is paid to the Department of State (U.S. embassy/consulate) for the F-1 visa. Additionally each semester you are on-campus you will be assessed an $200 fee by Kansas State University.

After you have paid the I-901 fee, you are eligible to schedule your visa appointment for the F-1 visa. Please take your original I-20, passport, receipt of I-901 payment, financial support documentation and program materials with you to the visa appointment. You will use the I-20 and F-1 visa to enter the U.S. 

Health insurance

As an F-1 student at Kansas State University you will be required to carry health insurance for the duration of your time on-campus. The health insurance coverage must meet or exceed the requirements listed below. You will need to either request to be enrolled for the university endorsed plan through United Healthcare Student Resources or find a plan to meet the requirements and provide proof of the alternative plan when you arrive in the U.S.

Coverage for essential benefits (with no dollar limits), as defined under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Stand-alone travel and/or emergency/urgent care coverage is not acceptable.  The policy must include: pharmacy, mental health services, maternity benefits, preventive care, coverage for pre-existing condition, pediatric dental and vision coverage.

  • Unlimited Maximum Benefit for covered medical expenses.
  • A policy year deductible of $500 or less.
  • Maximum total out-of-pocket expenses cannot exceed $8,200 per member ($16,400 per family) with preferred providers.
  • A minimum of 75% coinsurance payable by the insurance plan to network providers.
  • Policy is not a Travel plan or Emergency/Urgent care only plan.
    At least $100,000 in coverage for repatriation and medical evacuation.
  • Coverage includes effective dates spanning the entire period for which the waiver is requested.
  • Plan document(s) are written in English, with currency amounts converted to U.S. dollars, and the insurance company contact phone number is located in the U.S.
  • Insurer has a base of operations in the US or has a US based claims payer.
  • Insurer is authorized to do business in Kansas and is providing coverage under a policy that has been filed and approved by the Kansas Department of Insurance.
  • Coverage is provided by an employer’s group plan which is compliant with items above or is backed by the full faith and credit of the student’s home government.

For more information, see program booklet or email program coordinator at mab@ksu.edu.

"Through the MAB program you get to know and work with people from different backgrounds in the agribusiness industry. You also learn to apply tools that are useful in this area of study. It was a challenging program, but what I learned will help me better understand global agribusiness issues."

Arturo Gonzalez
Agronomy Director
Tecnologico de Monterrey University
Desarrollo San Pablo, Mexico