The Kansas State University Olathe campus is dedicated to application-based, integrated research and education for a continuum of learners. K-State Olathe serves as a portal for the Manhattan and Salina campuses to reach and engage students and stakeholders in the greater Kansas City area. The Olathe campus will offer some programs by mediated distance education only, while others will be a combination of distance delivery and face-to-face teaching. All of the programs supported by JCERT tax revenue have an animal health or food safety component, but several programs will appeal to a wider audience.
The academic programs are supported by strong partnerships among units within K-State, including the university's Graduate School and Division of Continuing Education. K-State Olathe is also partnering with other regional educational institutions at every level: K-12, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities.
K-State Olathe has performed market research, which guided the development and delivery of academic programs. These will include master's degrees as well as graduate certificates and courses for credit or noncredit professional development. Graduate certificates usually contain 12-15 graduate credit hours in a specialized area, while a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit is required for a master's degree.