Application Procedures for M.A. and Ph.D. Programs

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Master's and Ph.D. Students

All application materials are handled by the following:

Division of Graduate Studies
Cartwright Hall
Kent State University
650 Hilltop Dr.
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001

An application form can be completed online.

All inquiries about your application status should be addressed to that office (330-672-2661). Email questions to An application form can be completed on-line and many of the associated documents may be uploaded through an online upload tool. The graduate catalog can be viewed on-line.

Application checklist:

  • Completed online application.
  • Official transcripts from each school at which you earned eight credit hours or more. Transcripts must have a print date within the past year and come directly from the university or from the student if the recently printed transcript is in the original, sealed envelope. Transcripts may be mailed to the address above. Electronic transcripts may be sent directly from the issuing university via the email address.
  • Three letters of recommendation.  In the online graduate application, you will be prompted to insert the names of your recommenders. Applicants will need to provide letter writers this form with the top half of the page completed. Inform your letter writers that the rating form and letters may be submitted directly to graduate studies using the email address or via the following physical address: Graduate Studies; Cartwright Hall; Kent State University; P.O. Box 5190; Kent, OH 44242
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores must be sent directly to Kent State from the Educational Testing Service (R1367 is the Kent State code).
  • A letter of intent, highlighting information you would like the admissions committee to know (master's students), should be uploaded through the online application process.
  • Students applying through the combined baccalaureate-master's program (CBMP) must also submit a completed CBMP form. Students should have their academic advisor in SPA inspect the form prior to putting it in Mrs. Vicki Neading's mailbox in the Kent State Speech and Hearing Clinic.
  • Ph.D. applicants are required to submit a letter of intent that details their professional and research goals.

The admission procedure for the master's program is as follows:

  • Completed applications for a fall semester start will be reviewed as of January 20th and for the combined baccalaureate program by October 15th.
  • Applications that clearly do not meet the admission standards will be rejected.
  • From the others, applications will be accepted to fill a predetermined number of slots. Those applications not accepted and those received after the due dates (Fall: January 20th, combined baccalaureate: October 15th) will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Admission for spring semester is reserved for the students in our combined baccalaureate-master's program. For our admission cycle for students beginning the graduate program in Spring 2017, the Speech-Language Pathology program is running a pilot program to permit applications from Kent State University Speech and Hearing majors who graduated in good standing within 12 months of the application deadline. Previously, we only accepted currently enrolled students for the Spring admission cycle. The admission is still competitive, and interested students should contact the graduate admissions office to determine what new information they might need to submit. Interested students must meet the following requirements: completion of all the required coursework in the major, 25 hours of approved clinical observation, graduation in good academic standing within the 12 months before the application deadline of October 15, 2016. The program will evaluate the success of this pilot to determine whether we will continue it in subsequent years.

  • Ph.D. applications are reviewed on a continuous basis as they are  received.

Post-undergraduate applicants

Students who have an undergraduate degree in another discipline and who need to pursue our post-baccalaureate program, must apply to the general admissions office of the university as a post-undergraduate student not seeking a degree. Please contact Dr. Anna Schmidt or visit the non-major section of our website for further information.

Kent State Student Combined program

The "combined program" is a competitive admission in which the program admits a few students who apply from our Kent State undergraduate speech pathology and audiology program. These students are then admitted "early" to the Master's program and allowed to get started taking some graduate courses in the major, usually during their last semester of senior year. Students must have a minimum of 90 credit hours to apply, so it is typically done early in the Senior year.

The date to have all application materials in for the combined program is October 15. Admission is competitive and there is not a hard and fast number that we admit, but it's usually a rather small number compared to our Fall admission. Combined students are admitted for and start in the Spring semester. Often, students continue to take undergraduate courses while beginning graduate coursework. A big advantage to being admitted to the combined program is that you know you have a seat in the graduate program, but if you don't make it in that round, you can always apply for the regular Fall admission.

For our admission cycle for students beginning the graduate program in Spring 2017, the Speech-Language Pathology program is running a pilot program to permit applications from Kent State University Speech and Hearing majors who graduated in good standing within 12 months of the application deadline. See above section regarding admission procedure for the master's program for more details.

Post-baccalaureate applicants

Students who have completed post-baccalaureate coursework in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology may apply for Fall admission to the M.A. Program. Applicants must have completed 4 out of 5 of the following courses or their university's equivalents before applying:

  • Applied Phonetics
  • Hearing Science or Speech Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech
  • Speech and Language Development
  • Neural Processes in Speech and Language

Though it is not required for post-baccalaureate students to be admitted to the graduate program, it is recommended that students complete a course in Audiology and a course in Aural Rehabilitation (or their university's equivalents) to expedite the process of ASHA clinical certification.

Also relevant to undergraduate prerequisite coursework, ASHA requires that applicants for clinical certification demonstrate knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences. Acceptable courses in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science). Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry. Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health. A stand-alone course in statistics is required.

Au.D. Program Applicants

Find more information on the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Corsortium (NOAC) program.


Students who want to take graduate courses without pursuing a degree must apply as a non-degree student. Students who are enrolled in a graduate program at another university but wish to take a class at Kent State can apply for transient student status. Contact Dr. Pamela Mitchell, Graduate Coordinator, for further information.

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