All applications are evaluated by the Graduate Faculty as a whole. As available positions in the graduate program are limited, Faculty work to identify those candidates that they feel would best represent an asset to the program. The criteria below should be considered as guidance in terms of what Faculty look for in prospective students: The quality of the applicantâ€™s preparation. Applicants must have a Bachelorâ€™s degree completed (with exception of those applying to the joint B.A./M.A. program) by the time they enter the M.A. program. Applicants must have a Masterâ€™s degree completed within one semester of their entry into the PhD program. Assessment includes:
The department prefers to admit students to begin the fall semester, although spring and summer admissions are possible. For fall semester, our primary application deadline is February 1st. This deadline means that all materials must be received and processed by the university by this date; we thus encourage applicants (especially international applicants) to begin the process much earlier. Applicants whose applications are complete by this deadline will be given primary consideration for funding opportunities in the department. Our final fall application deadline is July 1st, although these later applicants will not be considered for funding.
Applications for spring and summer admission are due on November 1st and April 1st, respectively; please note that no funding is awarded for students beginning in these terms, although they would be eligible to apply for funding for the following fall.
Faculty work to evaluate all applications promptly. For students applying during the regular cycle by February 1st, planning to begin during the following fall semester, decisions on admission will be made by late February. For students applying at other times, a decision is usually made within one month of the completion of the application.
There are two types of admission to our program: regular and conditional. Regular admission imposes no limits on the studentâ€™s entry into the program. Conditional admission requires that the students meet a certain set of criteria (usually a minimum GPA in select classes during their first semester in residence) in order to gain full entry into our program. Conditional admission is usually granted to students who show potential but have either inadequate backgrounds in geography, or lower grades than preferred. Note that the Department does not offer conditional admission to students that have not achieved a passing TOEFL score; one must obtain an acceptable score prior to application into the program.
Applicants admitted to the program before the completion of his/her previous degree program will see their status online as being â€œConditional â€“ Transcriptâ€. This refers to the requirement that a final transcript from a previous institution showing the awarding of the degree must be provided to Kent State within one semester of entering the program. Students will not be allowed to register for a second semester of classes until this transcript is received; students on funding may lose their funding.
Students that are currently enrolled in Kent Stateâ€™s MA program in geography do not need to file a full application in order to be considered for the PhD program. Rather, the matriculation process is presently conducted within the department. An interested student should obtain a matriculation form from the Department Office, and submit it to the graduate coordinator, along with:
1. A copy of your Kent State transcript,
2. Two letters of recommendation, and
3. A new statement of research interests (with recommended length of 1 to 2 pages).
All applications are evaluated by the Graduate Faculty as a whole, utilizing the same criteria described above for regular admission. Students have one semester from matriculation to complete all requirements for the MA degree.