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 providing admissions support, 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 the  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.



May 23
Intersession Begins
May 25-June 3
Dates for withdrawal from Intersession
May 30
Memorial Day- No Classes, Offices Closed
June 13
Summer I and II classes begin
June 17-13 Dates for withdrawal from Summer I
June 17 Last day for those hoping to graduate August 2016 to file approved dissertation proposal with IRB statement of approval, thesis proposal or project proposal
June 20-July 17 Dates for withdrawal from Summer II 
June 17 Deadline to apply for graduate level August 2016 graduation 
July 1  Final date for oral defense of graduate level dissertation/thesis/project 
July 4 Independence Day - No Classes, Offices Closed
July 18 Summer III classes begin
July 22-Aug 7 Dates for withdrawal from Summer III 
July 22
Deadline to:
  • Submit dissertation electronically
  • Submit thesis electronically
  • Submit signature pages to 409 White Hall
July 29
Deadline for graduate level students graduating May 2016 to have all incomplete grades from previous semester cleared
Aug 10
Final deadline for all dissertation and thesis corrections
Aug 20 Commencement 


"The Guidelines for Preparation of Theses and Dissertations are designed to assist students and typists maintain the high degree of accuracy and consistency, which are the 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 04/28/2016

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