School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies

The School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies advances Kansas State University Olathe's mission to be the model and leader of adaptable, interdisciplinary and innovative education, research and public/private engagement in the Kansas City area, bridging the university with global and local communities, government and industry partners. The school offers academic programs and applied research that address industry demand in the food, animal health and related sectors.

The interdisciplinary studies approach to critical thinking allows students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of complex issues and an enhanced ability to address broad and multi-faceted challenges. The school provides students with a high degree of flexibility in designing their educational and research plans, which increase the technical and professional skills needed for career advancement.


Educational offerings

The School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kansas State University Olathe offers a master's degree and certificate programs tailored to help you reach your goals.


M.S. in Applied Biosciences

The M.S. in Applied Biosciences is a specialized 30 credit hour graduate degree that fuses advanced scientific knowledge in the animal health and food safety and security sectors with professional skills for those who aspire to managerial and supervisory roles in their laboratory, unit or business.

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Professional Interdisciplinary Sciences Graduate Certificate

The 12 credit hour Professional Interdisciplinary Sciences graduate certificate delivers scientific and technical skills that employers value in the Greater Kansas City area's animal health and food sectors.

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Professional Skills for STEM Practitioners Graduate Certificate

This 15 credit hour certificate offers working professionals management, communication and critical thinking skills necessary for leadership roles in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM — industries and fields.

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