Admission to the Graduate School

1. Using Google Chrome, submit an Application for Graduate Admission at the appropriate website:

2. Pay the $40 domestic application fee or $50 international application fee.

3. Provide the Graduate School with an official bachelor's degree transcript and master's degree transcript (if applicable) from a regionally accredited institution. The bachelor's transcript must include a minimum of 60 hours of graded credit. Official transcripts are transcripts sent directly from the institution's registrar to the Graduate School at Fort Hays State University. Transcripts mailed or brought in by the applicant are not official and, therefore, are not acceptable. The Graduate School will obtain the undergraduate transcript for FHSU students.

Non-degree students must provide a copy of a bachelor's or master's degree transcript from a regionally accredited institution. 

For international applicants from higher education systems that indicate degrees only through diplomas or degree certificates, a certified copy of the diploma/degree certificate and all mark sheets must be provided. For institutions outside the United States, A World Education Service (WES) International Course-by-Course Transcript Evaluation is required for translation. 

*All nursing courses/transcripts from outside the United States, require additional evaluation by the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). A course-by-course evaluation is required to confirm degree, course credit, and grades including grade point average. 

4. Provide entrance examination scores as required by individual departments.

5. Provide letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be submitted on letterhead or the Graduate School recommendation form with an original signature. Letters of recommendation can be addressed to the Graduate School (600 Park Street Hays, KS 67601) or emailed ( Alternatively, you may invite references to complete an electronic recommendation when submitting your application.

6. Provide any other documents required by specific departments, such as a personal statement or vita, background check release, writing sample, or digital art slides.

7. International students must provide evidence of their ability to speak English. Such evidence may be in the form of examinations given by recognized examining boards or in another form approved by the Graduate Dean. (For the specific statement on the language requirement, see International Students Checklist.

For international applicants, the following deadlines will apply. You must be accepted to the program of study and have required immigration documentation on file with the International Student Services Offices prior to the deadline.

  • October 1st for Spring Semester Start
  • June 1st for Fall Semester Start
  • Summer Starts Not Permitted

International students must provide the following immigration documents:

8. All application materials become the property of the Graduate School; they may not be copied or returned to the student.

When the above materials have been added to the applicant’s file in the Graduate School, the departmental graduate committee or its delegate will evaluate the file. This evaluation is to determine the type of recommended admission to the departmental program or recommended rejection of the application.

The department will follow these regulations:

  • show a minimum grade point average of 2.50 (C plus) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate credit. (Departments may have a higher minimum grade point requirement average, so an applicant must check departmental admission requirements.);
  • have adequate preparation in the area of specialization in the area of proposed study; and
  • hold a degree from a regionally accredited institution.

The department will evaluate the documents, make a recommendation, and return the application to the Graduate School. The Graduate Dean determines the type of admission and admits the student or determines if the application should be rejected. Applicants not enrolling for the semester in which they are admitted may be required to reapply; check with your program for specifics. International applicants may defer admission for a maximum of two semesters unless otherwise restricted by individual programs.


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