Supplementing the Graduate Admission page, this page contains additional information for international applicants who plan to apply to the Master of Digital Sciences (MDS) degree program.
Further information for Indian applicants is given on the Graduate Admission for International Students from India page.
Application Deadlines for International Applicants
The School of Digital Sciences does not have a formal application deadline, but processes graduate applications on a continuous basis.
However, although we have no formal application deadlines, some classes fill up early. To maximize your chance of securing a seat in your preferred classes, we highly recommend that international applicants submit all of their application materials by the following dates:
- May 15 (for fall admission)
- October 15 (for spring admission)
- March 15 (for summer admission) — part-time admission only (see note below)
Most students are admitted for either the spring or fall semester. Since there are not as many classes available in the summer, and the accelerated summer schedule can be very difficult for a new student, we do not allow summer admission for new full-time students. We only admit new full-time students in the spring or fall semester.
Application Requirements for International Applicants
In addition to the normal application requirements for Graduate Admission, international applicants must submit evidence of proficiency in the English language, usually through the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB. Conditional admission will not be given for low English proficiency scores.
The Master of Digital Sciences (MDS) degree is considered a STEM degree, so it does qualify for the 17-month STEM extension on Optional Practical Training (OPT).
More specifically, the Master of Digital Sciences degree falls under the broad United States government category of "Computer Science", and is assigned Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code 11.0701 Computer Science. For this same reason, I-20's issued for the Master of Digital Sciences will also list Computer Science as your "Major" even though our students have been admitted into the Master of Digital Sciences program.
Restrictions on Online Classes for International Students
Students on an F-1 visa, or with a scholarship from their government, may also be subject to restrictions on the number of online courses they can take, either on a semester basis or in total.
If this is the case, please note that the required courses for the following concentrations are generally delivered in an in-classroom format, so these concentrations are well-suited for international students who want to pursue the degree on the Kent State University campus:
However, the required courses for the following concentrations are generally delivered in an online format, so these concentrations may be less suitable for international students who plan to pursue the degree on the Kent State University campus: