ADDITIONAL GRADUATE ADMISSIONS RESOURCES
Graduate Admissions Office
For information on all of Kent State’s degrees and majors, go online to www.kent.edu/gps
All application materials are handled by the following:
Division of Graduate Studies
Kent State University
650 Hilltop Dr.
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
All inquiries about your application status should be addressed to that office (330-672-2661). Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.