Welcome to the Office of Graduate Student Services website.

Our office is a full student service office which provides support for students' progress throughout their programs. This includes maintaining student records, and clearing students for graduation in the College of Education, Health, & Human Services.

Our website has been designed to help current and prospective students find information they need. If you cannot find the information you are seeking, please feel free to contact the staff in the Office of Graduate Student Services. We will be more than happy to help you.

STAFF: (Staff contact area)
Valorie Adkins - Administrative Assistant
Nzinga Hart - Academic Program Specialist
Nancy Miller - Academic Program Director

The Associate Dean of Graduate Education is Dr. Catherine Hackney. Dean Hackney can be contacted at the Office of Administrative Affairs & Graduate Education or by email.


Jan 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes, offices closed) 
Jan 19
Spring classes begin
Jan 22
Last day to apply for May 2016 Graduate graduation
Jan 22
Last day for those hoping to graduate May 2016 to file approved dissertation proposal & IRB statement of approval or thesis proposal or project proposal
March 21-27 Spring recess (no classes, offices open)
April 1
Final date for oral defense of graduate level 
  • Dissertation
  • Thesis
  • Project
April 3
Last day to withdraw from classes
April 15
Deadline to:
  • Submit dissertation electronically
  • Submit thesis electronically
  • Submit signature pages to 409 White Hall
April 15
Deadline for graduate level students graduating May 2016 to have all incomplete grades from previous semester cleared
April 29
Final deadline for all dissertation and thesis corrections
May 8
Classes end
May 9-15
 Final Exam Week
May 13
Date of the Kent Campus graduate ceremony is tentative. Since the graduate ceremony date has not been confirmed please check the commencement site for the official date. 
Week of July 11th Spring 2016 diplomas mailed to students at permanent addresses. 


"The Guidelines for Preparation of Theses and Dissertations are designed to assist students and typists to maintain the high degree of accuracy and consistency which are hallmarks of well-written documents. Prior to the thesis/dissertation process, students should familiarize themselves with the procedures described in the guidelines. It is assumed that the guidelines will be used in conjunction with the approved style guide.

Theses and dissertations follow American Psychological Association, 6th ed. as their reference guide. The University Libraries provides an APA Cheat Sheet giving you some of the highlights of this edition. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Administrative Affairs & Graduate Education office at 330-672-0552.

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.

Last updated 09/28/2015

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