Revised PH.D. HANDBOOK
Ph. D Student Flow Chart: Track your progress towards graduation
The handbook has been prepared to assist you in planning the many steps to receiving the Ph.D. in Education. Although we have attempted to answer the most frequent questions asked by doctoral students, it is assumed that you will have many other questions as you proceed through your program. Please do not hesitate to refer such questions to your adviser or to the personnel in the Office of Graduate Student Services (418 White Hall).
A list of deadline dates for items such as graduation, oral defense of dissertation, oral defense of thesis, withdraw and exit from current semester, etc. Also, dates of when the semester begins and ends, graduation commencement ceremony, and dates for when the University is closed due to holidays.
Important Graduate Dates for Fall 2013
Nov 27 (noon) - Thanksgiving Holiday (No classes, offices closed Thursday & Friday)
Dec 6 Final deadline for all dissertation corrections
Dec 8 Classes End
Dec 8 All incomplete grades from previous semester must be cleared
Dec 9-15 Final Exam week
Dec 13 Date of Kent Campus graduate ceremony is tentative; it may be held the Saturday after the date listed. Since the graduate ceremony date has not been confirmed, please check the commencement site for official date
Important Graduate Dates for Spring 2014
Jan 13 Spring 2014 classes begin
Jan 17 Last day for those hoping to graduate May 2014 to file approved dissertation proposal and IRB statement of approval, thesis proposal or project proposal
Jan 17 Deadline to apply for graduate level May 2014 graduation*Students who submit a graduation application after the deadline will be subject to a $200 non-refundable late processing fee upon acceptance of the application.
Jan 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes, Offices closed)
March 21 Final date for oral defense of graduate level dissertation, thesis or project
March 23 Last day to withdraw from any or all courses
March 24 – Spring Recess (no classes, offices open)
April 11 Deadline to:
· Submit dissertation electronically
· Submit thesis electronically
· Submit signature pages to 409 White Hall
April 18 Deadline for graduate level students graduating in May 2014 to have all incomplete grades from previous semesters cleared
May 2 Final deadline for all dissertation and thesis corrections
May 4 Classes end
May 5- Final Exam Week
May 9- Graduate School of EHHS commencement ceremony
Week of July 7, 2013 - Spring 2014 diplomas mailed to students at permanent addresses.
Graduate Assistantship Application
An appointment made by KSU to full-time graduates who display a high level of scholarship and academic excellence. The award is merit based, not need-based, and includes stipend and tuition.
PLAN OF STUDY
It is the responsibility of each graduate student to make an appointment with the assigned faculty adviser and prepare a plan of study to be filed with the Office of Graduate Student Services, 418 White Hall, by the end of the fourth enrolled semester. The plan of study form is available in the program area. The completed form is a comprehensive plan for the student's program. If the plan of study must be revised after submitting to the Office of Graduate Student Services, the adviser must initial the change(s) on the plan of study or submit a memo to the Office of Graduate Student Services indicating the change(s).
- Human Subject Review
- Finalization of Theses / Dissertation Steps
- Guidelines for Preparation of Dissertation
- IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
Candidates writing a thesis or dissertation must use the recently released American Psychological Association, 6th ed. as their reference guide. The link below will take you to an APA Cheat Sheet provided by the University Libraries giving you some of the highlights of this new edition. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Administrative Affairs and Graduate Education office at 330-672-0552.
- ETD Submitter User Manual
- Electronic Submission of Dissertation -
- Dissertation Abstracts
- Brochure samples
CHANGE OF DEGREE OR MAJOR
If students decide to change degree/major, the appropriate form must be completed. Upon approval, a new plan of study must be filed. The form should be used when students desire to change from one Master's or Ed.S. program into another. Students can not use the Change of Degree/Major form to change to a higher degree. They must formally apply again to the higher degree. Students can use the Change of Degree/Major form to drop down to a lower degree (Ed.S. to Masters, Ph.D. to Ed.S. etc). You can also find the form in 418 White Hall.
GRADUATION APPLICATION PROCESS
The application for graduation must be filed with the Office of Graduate Student Services (418 White Hall) no later than FRIDAY of the first week of classes in the SEMESTER IN WHICH GRADUATION IS ANTICIPATED. The application is available here or outside of the Office of Graduate Student Services, 418 White Hall.
Students who submit a graduation application after the posted deadline will be subject to a $200.00 non-refundable late processing fee upon acceptance of the application.
Form for students who are still within their time limits and who have not taken a class for several semesters and find they are unable to register.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT
A maximum of 12 semester hours may be transferred from accredited institutions if the following conditions are met: (1) work was at the graduate level; (2) a grade of "A" or "B" was earned; (3) the work fits into the program; (4) credit will be less than six years old at the time the degree is conferred at Kent; (5) student was admitted as a graduate student at the time the course was taken; and (6) the student completes the "Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit" form. The completed form must be submitted to room 418 White Hall with an original transcript with grade posted. OGSS will secure all required signatures. Course work that does not have a letter grade of "A" or "B" cannot be transferred.
- Transfer of Credit Form
(Official transcripts MUST accompany this form)