I will be re-locating to Kent, OH. Where can I found out more about off-campus living (e.g., apartments) and other things about the area?
Here is a great website that will help you with many of your relocation needs: http://www.kent.edu/studentlife/resources/area/index.cfm
I only want a master's degree. Should I still apply?
We no longer offer a terminal master's degree. Students in our graduate program earn a master's degree as they work toward completing the doctoral degree.
When do I have to have my application in for a fall admission?
In order to be considered for funding, applications must be received by December 1st for international students (see: http://www.kent.edu/sociology/graduate/international.cfm) and December 15th for domestic students (see: http://www.kent.edu/sociology/graduate/domestic.cfm).
Can I be admitted in the spring semester?
No, the department no longer admits students for the spring semester.
What is an advisor's role? Who should I choose?
Your advisor should be a faculty member whose areas of specialization correspond to your own. Aside from providing general advice and support as you move through the program, your advisor will serve as the chair of your thesis and dissertation.
When should I declare an advisor?
Ideally by the end or your first semester in the program, but no later than the end of the spring semester of the first year.
Can I choose an advisor from from either campus (Kent or Akron)?
Can I change my advisor?
Yes, you may do so at any time using the Declaration or Change of Advisor form available on the "Graduate Student Forms and Docs" page.
When should I take my comprehensive exams?
During the spring semester of the third year (for adequate progress).
How do I declare my major and minor exam areas, and when should I do that?
Fill out the "Declaration of Comprehensive Exam Areas" form by December 1st if you plan to take the exams in the spring, or by April 1st if you plan to take the exams in the fall. The form is available on the "Graduate Student Forms and Docs" page of this website. The form should be turned in to the graduate coordinator.
When are the exams given, and how much time do I have to complete them?
Exams will be distributed at noon on the 3rd Friday of October in the fall semester and the 3rd Friday of March in the spring semester. The comprehensive exam process is an 11 day take-home exam. Students will pick up the exams in their respective home department offices at noon on the designated Friday and return them by noon on the Monday of the second week. See the Graduate Handbook for more details on the comprehensive exam process?
Where can I find the reading lists for the comprehensive exam areas?
What do I do when I pass my comps?
Celebrate and then fill out the "Report of Doctoral Candidacy Examination" form.
How many hours of 50000-level coursework can I apply toward my degree?
No more than three.
How many individual investigations (6/72896) and research hours (6/72898) can I apply toward my degree?
6 hours total.
How many hours of courses taken outside the department can I apply toward my degree?
6 hours total, with pre-approval from the Graduate Education Committee (see the Graduate Handbook for details). That is, you might receive approval from the GEC before enrolling in the course(s).
What should I do if there are no courses offered in my major or minor area during a given semester, and I cannot take courses outside the department or an individual investigation/research hours?
The Joint Program emphasizes the importance of breadth as well as depth in the graduate curriculum. As such, should this situation arise, students should take graduate-level courses in the program that are outside of their major or minor areas.
Theses & Dissertations
All students should be mindful of the university deadlines for graduation (e.g., the deadline for defending a thesis in order to graduate in a given semester). Please consult these deadlines prior to setting a defense date with your advisor.
See the Graduate Handbook for further details on the answers given below.
How many members are required for an M.A. thesis committee?
Can the members of my M.A. thesis committee be from the Akron sociology department?
Yes. In the joint program, the chair and other members of the student's M.A. thesis committee can be partially or entirely from Akron sociology.
Do I need to do a proposal/prospectus defense for my M.A. thesis?
Yes. The proposal/prospectus defense should occur no sooner than the semester before you plan to defend your completed thesis. With the approval of your advisor, the proposal should be submitted to your entire committee at least 10 days prior to the scheduled proposal defense. You should also bring a copy of the Notification of Approved Thesis Topic form to your prospectus defense and have it signed by all committee members if they approve your project.
What do I need to do in preparation for my M.A. thesis defense?
There are a number of forms that need to be filled out at and after your defense (see the "Graduate Student Forms and Docs" page for these forms). In addition, with the approval of your advisor, your thesis should be submitted to your committee at least 10 days prior to your scheduled defense date. You are also required to advertise the final defense. See the Graduate Handbook for details.
To stay on track, when should I defend my M.A. thesis?
By the end of your second year in the program (for adequate progress).
What steps are involved in completing my dissertation?
The policies for completing a dissertation are more involved than the policies for completing an M.A. All students should carefully read the section on "Completing the Dissertation" in the Graduate Handbook.
What's the next step when my dissertation advisor and I have determined that my dissertation is ready to defend?
Assuming you've already read the "Completing the Dissertation" section in the Graduate Handbook, you and your advisor should also read the A&S document entitled, "Dissertation Final Examination Guidelines." In the latter document, you'll see that when you're ready to defend, your advisor will need to request a Graduate Faculty Representative. Your advisor can do this through the Graduate Affairs website using an online form available here: http://www.kent.edu/CAS/grad/gfr.cfm.
Do I need to take hours in the summer, and if so, what do I take and for how many hours?
Given that we do not have summer assistantships, you do not need to be enrolled full-time during summer, which would be at least eight hours. However, if you have started a thesis or dissertation, you do need to be continuously enrolled, and that includes summer:
These are the university requirements. You might be required to take a certain number of hours in summer for some other reason (e.g., a certain financial aid agreement), but all students must at least adhere to the university rules.
Where do I find out about important program/university rules, requirements, forms, and deadlines?
Two places: (1) the Graduate Handbook (on the "Graduate Student Forms and Docs" page) , and (2) the "Graduate Student Forms and Docs" page of this website, which includes links to all of the above.