About K-State and Distance Education

Kansas State University, in Manhattan, Kansas was founded in 1863 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St. Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, 1-800-621-7440. K-State is a Big 12 university with about 20,000 on-campus students and about 7,000 distance students. K-State is the only public university since 1986 to rank among the Top 10 of all United States schools for all five of the major scholarship programs: Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall. And K-State’s Division of Continuing Education has been offering courses via distance education since 1974. We’ve been helping great students get a great education for a long, long time!

K-State’s Division of Continuing Education, or DCE, administers distance education and other programs to meet the educational and professional development needs of adult learners. DCE exists to help you easily access the education you need, even if you’re working full time and don’t live in Manhattan—or even in Kansas!

For many adult learners who need more post-secondary education, distance education is the only option. Perhaps you need a degree or certification that you just can’t get where you live. You probably can’t walk away from your job or uproot your family. But your professional options may be limited without further education. Distance education can be the answer. Today’s technology allows students to benefit from the expertise of K-State faculty, often without ever setting foot in Manhattan, Kansas. You can continue to work full time while attending K-State!

K-State has 9 bachelor’s degree completion programs, 18 master’s degree programs, and 16 certificate programs. New programs are added periodically. Here’s a complete list of our degree and certificate programs.

No. You will learn from the same faculty members and you will have the same curricular goals that on-campus students have. You will be held to the same rigorous academic standards that K-State has always maintained. You may interact with your instructors and classmates in a different way than on-campus students, but you will be expected to fully engage in your own learning process, just as any other student must do. Therefore, when you’ve successfully fulfilled the requirements for a degree, your diploma will reflect your hard work and intellectual progress, not the means by which your K-State education was made possible.

Students can take classes through DCE at K-State under several options. Read about the various options at http://www.dce/k-state.edu/courses/registration/policies-admit. You must be formally admitted to a degree program to qualify for financial aid.

Admission requirements for our bachelor’s degrees vary. Visit the website for bachelor’s degrees at a distance for more information about the program in which you are interested.

Find out about the distance education master’s degree programs, that K-State offers and their various admission requirements and application procedures.

Generally, it takes four to six weeks for a degree-seeking undergraduate application to be processed once K-State has received all the student’s previous transcripts. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Graduate student applicants must provide additional documentation, and admission to the Graduate School can take two to four months. Find out more about the degree-seeking graduate admission process.

Non-degree-seeking students can be admitted in 24-48 hours after they have submitted the nondegree-seeking application. Follow the course search process through to the “Getting Started” questions.

You will receive a letter by mail (degree seeking) or an e-mail (nondegree seeking) to let you know that you’ve been admitted.

Getting Started
Basically, you apply to be admitted and enroll in a class! (If you do not wish to pursue a degree right away, you can quickly receive permission to enroll as a nondegree-seeking student.) And maybe that’s all you need, a class here and there. However, K-State, through the Division of Continuing Education, offers a tremendous variety of bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and certificate programs through distance education. Here’s some information about registering, or give us a call at 1-800-622-2KSU (2578) to discuss the possibilities.

Courses and programs are beginning all the time. Course offerings vary from term to term, and distance education courses begin at various times throughout the year. View the current course offerings to see the start course dates listed with each course description.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail shortly after you enroll. This will provide information about your class, as well as provide information and policies that will be important to you as you progress in the class. Please read this information carefully!

Course content is delivered in a variety of formats including online, CD, DVD, e-mail lists, message boards, e-mail, videotape, audiotape, guided study, or Telenet 2 (videoconferencing). Basically, with a computer that meets K-State’s minimum computer requirements, Internet access and CD and DVD drives, you should be good to go! For a complete description of the course delivery methods visit http://www.dce.k-state.edu/distance/delivery.

How will I find out what materials and textbooks I will need for my class?
Approximately one month before your class starts, you will receive an e-mail directing you to the Essential Course Tools website.

Where can I order textbooks for my courses?
One source of textbooks for many distance courses is:
Varney’s Book Store
623 N. Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785-539-0511 or 1-800-362-1574
FAX: 785-537-2351
E-mail: textorder@varneys.com

The Essential Course Tools web site will list the textbook(s) you will need for your course. Some courses require that you order your textbook from a specific vendor.

If available, DCE will provide you with the ISBN of the textbook in the Essential Course Tools web site.

Transferring Credits
I have attended another college. I’d like to transfer my undergraduate credits to K-State. Can I do that?
Yes. Generally, we can accept up to 90 hours from other accredited institutions. You can transfer up to half of your bachelor’s requirements from a two-year (community) college, usually 60 to 63 hours. Contact those institutions and have them send an official copy of your transcript to the K-State Admissions Office. You should also visit our transfer equivalency page to see which of your credits will transfer to K-State.

Graduate students may transfer up to 10 credit hours of previous graduate coursework to their K-State degree program if approved by their graduate committee.

You can request to enroll as nondegree-seeking and then take individual courses without being admitted to a formal degree program at K-State. Here’s a complete list of current course offerings. After choosing the class(es) you wish to take, follow the course search process through to the “Getting Started” questions. Be sure to answer “no” to the “Do you wish to pursue a degree…” question. This will direct you to the Nondegree-Seeking Admission form.

Whether you use a Windows-based PC or a Mac to take your distance education courses, check the system requirements.

online courses
Most online classes will use K-State Online, the University’s online course management system. You will sign in to http://online.k-state.edu with your User ID (eID). Specific instructions about your class will be in your Essential Course Tools web site (see Getting Started above).

Tuition and Financial Aid
How is my tuition determined?
Tuition is the cost of an academic class and includes a per-credit-hour (unit) charge and may also include additional components. These components are directly associated with the delivery of distance education and vary based on the requirements of the class you’re taking. Visit this page for tuition and payment information.

How do I pay for my classes?
Once you have enrolled, you will receive an e-mail sent to your K-State email address with instructions about how to access your eBill. Here’s more information about how you will pay for your classes. Or you can log into iSIS and view your account at any time.

Am I eligible to apply for financial aid as a distance education student?
Yes! As long as you have been admitted to a degree program at K-State and are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (units) at K-State, you’re eligible to apply for financial aid. K-State’s Office of Student Financial Assistance can guide you through the different types of financial aid available such as scholarships, grants, and loans. For more information, please call 1-877-817-2287 or 785-532-6420, or e-mail finaid@k-state.edu. Some scholarships are available for distance education students.

Will I be able to get a refund on a class if I drop it?
Full or partial refunds are available up to a certain date during your class. Drop and refund deadlines may be listed in the Essential Course Tools website or at www.dce.k-state.edu/courses/drop/. Some fees are nonrefundable. See the Essential Course Tools website for more information.

Career and Military Experience
Will K-State accept the credits I earned in the military?
K-State does offer credits for some military education and experience. Please submit your AARTS transcript, and K-State’s Admissions Office will evaluate it.

More Information
Review all the distance degree options available on our website. You may also request a printed K-State distance education degree catalog by completing an online request form, by calling 1-800-622-2KSU (2578) or by e-mailing informationdce@k-state.edu

An online course list is available through our course search page.

Contact Information
K-State’s Division of Continuing Education is located at 1615 Anderson Ave. in Manhattan, Kansas.

Credit Programs
Distance Education, Evening College, Intersession, credit courses, distance degree programs, courses for teachers, 2+2 programs with community colleges
1-800-622-2KSU (2578)
FAX: 785-532-3779

Fort Riley
785-532-5575 (general questions)
785-784-5930 (K-State at Fort Riley office on post)

TELENET 2, statewide videoconference delivery system

UFM Community Learning Center

Academic and Professional Programs
Distance Education, Evening College, Intersession, credit courses, distance education degree programs, courses for teachers, 2 + 2 programs with community colleges, credit course questions
1-800-622-2KSU (2578)
FAX: 785-532-3779

Student and Faculty Services (course materials and testing)
Course materials and testing
1-877-528-6105 or

K-State IT Help Desk
1-800-865-6143 or

Conferences and Noncredit Programs
FAX: 785-532-2422

Conference Registration Questions
785-532-5569 or
FAX: 785-532-2422
Please provide the name of the conference you are inquiring about in the subject line of your email or fax.

Mailing and Shipping Address
“Program Name”
Kansas State University
Division of Continuing Education
1615 Anderson Ave.
Manhattan, KS 66502-4098


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