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Admissions Criteria

Graduate admission is selective and all applicants are evaluated on the basis of both past academic performance and potential for continued achievement. In the holistic review of an application both quantitative and qualitative measures are assessed.

Credentials indicating an ability to succeed in graduate-level work might include cumulative and major grade point average (GPA), caliber of prior institutions attended, progression of academic performance over time, standardized test scores, written communication skills, recommendations from faculty, relevant work experience, indices of leadership, prior research experience and correspondence between research interests and available faculty expertise.

University-wide Minimum Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A total undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 on a 4.000 point scale. For graduate level coursework, a minimum 3.000 GPA is expected. Some programs may require a higher minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA.
  • International applicants must meet other minimum requirements, such as visa eligibility and documentation of financial resources, please refer to the International Graduate Application Guide.

Departmental Requirements

Please refer to the academic department for information regarding admissions requirements for specific academic programs; which could include, but are not limited to:

  • Copy of official transcript from each institution in which 8 or more semester credit hours were attempted
  • Current standardized test score report (GRE, GMAT, etc.) and minimum required scores
  • Goal or Personal Statement
  • Writing sample
  • Portfolio
  • Documented preparatory coursework or licensure
  • Letters of Recommendation

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Conditional admission

Applicants who do not meet the minimum University and/or program requirements may be considered for conditional admission. Admission in such cases will depend heavily on other indices of the student’s ability to handle graduate-level work. These might include strong performance on standardized tests, GPA in the major and/or other experiences that are clearly indicative of strong academic ability.

Deferred admission

Admitted students are expected to enroll in and attend courses during the term for which they were admitted.  As a courtesy, the Division of Graduate Studies allows admitted students to defer the term of enrollment to another term within one calendar year from the term of admission. Initial enrollment beyond one year is not permitted. To defer enrollment to a later term, domestic applicants should contact the Division of Graduate Studies and international applicants should contact the Office of Global Education

Students who have not enrolled in or attended courses within one calendar year of admission will need to submit a new application and pay a new application fee if they wish to attend courses.

Change of Application Term section

Applications and application materials are valid for one year only. Applicants may change the term of their application to a later term within one calendar year from the date the completed online application form was submitted. To be considered for admission during a different term, domestic applicants should contact the Division of Graduate Studies and international applicants should contact the Office of Global Education  to request an application term change and receive instructions on next steps.

It is important to note that some programs admit only one term per year. Refer to individual the programs website or University Catalog for the term(s) during which the program will consider admission.

Applicants interested in admission after one year will need to submit a new application and pay a new application fee.

Guide to Graduate Education

For more information about Kent State University’s admission policies please review the Guide to Graduate Education.

Guide to Graduate Education