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Frequently Asked Questions

Are all students who are offered admission also provided financial aid?

Generally, yes. In recent years, students who are selected for admission and financial support receive a stipend (currently $1,750/month) and a full tuition waiver. Students receiving financial support conduct 20 hours of assisted research weekly.

In addition to the stipend and tuition remission for the academic year, students receive a partial health insurance credit to be applied towards a health insurance plan for graduate students offered through Kent State University. For the 2013-2014 academic year, students received $1,303 credit towards the $1,861 plan.

What are the minimum English Proficiency scores that an applicant must have to apply to the program?

TOEFL – 525 (paper based); 71 (internet based)
MELAB – 77
IELTS – 6.0

For the GRE and TOEFL scores, what is your institution’s code?

1367

What application materials are required?

  1. Completed Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Official transcripts of academic work and degree certificates from each college or university attended
  3. Vita/Résumé
  4. Statement of Purpose
  5. Three confidential letters of recommendation
  6. Completed "Application for Graduate Appointment" form
  7. Application Fee
  8. English proficiency examination scores (international applicants)
  9. Official score reports of the GRE (recommended, but not required)

Where do I send my application materials?

Domestic Applicants
Domestic applications are received and processed by the Division of Graduate Studies. All application materials must be sent to:

gradapps@kent.edu
or
Division of Graduate Studies
Office of Graduate Admissions
650 Hilltop Drive
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242

After completing the online application form, applicants will receive notification via e-mail that the application was received. Applicants can also view the status of their submitted application using the Login ID and PIN that they created to complete the application. The Division of Graduate Studies will send applicants periodic e-mail reminders regarding any required application materials that have yet to be received.

Once all required application materials are received, the completed application form and materials are electronically forwarded to the respective program for review. The program's review committee then forwards its recommendation for admission or denial to the academic college dean. The dean's final admission decision is sent to the Division of Graduate Studies where it is documented on the applicant's record. The official admission decision letter is sent by the dean of Graduate Studies.

International Applicants
International applications are received and processed by Kent State's Office of Global Education. Applicants who require an F-1 or J-1 student visa must:

  1. Meet the visa eligibility requirements.
  2. Verify that they have the financial resources to cover their expenses during graduate study at Kent State University. The Financial Information Worksheet for International Students is available through the Office of Global Education. If a governmental entity is funding the student, an official letter regarding the funding must be submitted along with the Financial Information Worksheet for International Students.

The Financial Information Worksheet for International Students, proof of English proficiency and all transcripts, letters of recommendation, goal/purpose statements, vita/resumes must be sent to:

Office of Global Education
Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Road
Kent, OH 44242
USA

After completing the online application form, international applications will receive notification via e-mail that it was received. Applicants can also view the status of their submitted application using the Login ID and PIN that they created to complete the application. The Division of Graduate Studies will send applicants periodic e-mail reminders regarding any required application materials that have yet to be received.

Once all required application materials are received, the completed application form and materials are electronically forwarded to the respective program for review. The program's review committee then forwards its recommendation for admission or denial to the academic college dean. The dean's final admission decision is sent to the Division of Graduate Studies where it is documented on the applicant's record. The official admission decision letter is sent by the dean of Graduate Studies. If accepted for admission, the Office of Global Education will issue the I-20 or DS-2019.

What test dates are acceptable?

Our Graduate School requires recent, official score reports. GRE scores more than 5 years old and TOEFL scores more than 2 years old are not acceptable.

Must all my application materials arrive before the application deadline?

Submission of all materials by the application deadline is strongly encouraged. We begin to evaluate applicants' materials immediately after the deadline. The earlier a file is complete, the earlier a formal decision can be made concerning admission.

Can I provide my GRE scores to the Department or must they come to you directly from the Educational Testing Service?

We invite students to send us early 'unofficial' copies of their GRE and TOEFL test scores. These can be used for internal departmental evaluation for admission. However, our Graduate School requires that 'official' results reach us from the testing agency before any admission offer can be extended.

How long does the department keep my file? May I request submitted information to be returned?

Your file will be kept for one year. Contact the department, via email, to obtain guidelines on how to update your file. Once documents are submitted to the department, they will not be returned.

Will I need to submit a new application and fee after one year?

Yes, together with updated versions of all documents needed.

When is the application deadline for your program?

Our application deadline for initial Fall semester enrollment is January 15. In practice, this means we begin reviewing all completed applications in early February, or as soon thereafter as they are complete. We do not actually refuse later applications. They simply have a decreasing chance, the later they arrive, for consideration for admission and for full financial aid. Our application process remains formally open until our class is full.

How many credits are required to complete the doctoral program?

15 credit hours of core courses, 45 credit hours of electives, and 30 credit hours of dissertation.

What kind of exams are there and when do they take place?

  • Ph.D. Candidacy Exam - Students are expected to take the Ph.D. Candidacy exam after completing one full year of graduate courses.
  • Ph.D. Defense - Once all the departmental requirements for the Ph.D. degree are satisfied, including submission of a dissertation, the student defends the dissertation during an oral examination before a panel of faculty.

How long does it take to get a Ph.D.?

The typical duration of studies for well-prepared, conscientious students to achieve a doctoral degree is about 5-6 years.

What is your schedule for notifying applicants of acceptance or rejection?

We usually begin to send offers of admission in mid-February, and continue to admit students until we believe sufficient offers have been made to fill our class for the coming year. Later offers may be made if space is available. Rejection notices are not usually sent until after June.

Is an acceptance by email sufficient to hold my place in your program?

Notifying us by email of your acceptance is strongly encouraged. We ask also that a follow-up letter of acceptance be sent by regular mail.