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The Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 applications are now open for all campuses. Contact your admitting unit if you wish to enroll for a different term.

The Kent State University application for admission will not be available beginning Friday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. and ending Sunday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.

Reference the descriptions below to determine which application you will need. From there, you may read tips for each application type or apply. If you’re still not sure about which application type you need, ask Undergraduate Admissions.

Check Existing Application Status

Former students: Are you returning to Kent State?

If you’ve taken classes at Kent State University in the past, you might not need to apply for admission (excludes College Credit Plus students). Read more here.

If you have not attended any college, university, technical or proprietary school after graduation from high school, select this option. Students who have taken college coursework while in high school should also apply here as a freshman. 

If you were enrolled in a college, university, technical or proprietary school after graduation from high school, this is where you belong.

Former students: If you’ve taken classes at Kent State University in the past, you might not need to apply for admission (excludes College Credit Plus students).

Post-undergraduate

Apply as a Post-Undergraduate Student Get tips for applying as a Post-Undergraduate Student

Choose this option if you have received a baccalaureate degree from a college or university, yet wish to take additional undergraduate courses. There are two types of post-undergraduate applicants:

  • Post-undergraduate degree-seeking applicants – individuals interested in seeking an additional bachelor’s degree.
  • Post-undergraduate non–degree-seeking applicants – individuals just interested in taking additional undergraduate coursework.

Select this option if you would like to take a limited number of undergraduate courses for credit. In order to apply as a guest, students must have graduated from high school, obtained a GED certificate or the equivalent, or be currently enrolled at another institution. Guest students can only enroll for up to 18 semester hours. Students cannot earn a degree as a guest student, nor can they apply for financial aid through Kent State. International students applying as undergraduate guest student should review the requirements prior to submitting the guest application. If you are taking courses at another institution, please consult with that financial aid office.

Select this option if you would like to take classes for your degree completely online. Degrees are available in the following majors:

  • Computer Technology
  • Environmental Management
  • Insurance Studies
  • Medical Billing
  • Nursing - RN to BSN (Registered Nurses Only)
  • Office Technology
  • Public Health
  • Respiratory Care
  • Technical and Applied Studies

The College Credit Plus program (CCP) allows qualified seventh through 12th grade students to take college-level classes.

Get Ready To Apply

The Division of Graduate Studies is the centralized admission office for Kent State University.  The office oversees the admissions process for all graduate programs.  We are happy to assist with the online application and admissions process, and are always happy to answer questions. The Office of Global Education is available to offer further assistance to  international applicants.  If you are an international student, please use the International Application to apply for admission.

All admission decisions include a holistic evaluation of an applicant’s potential for graduate work.  Criteria used in making admission decisions varies by college and program, so please be sure to review the admission requirements for your intended program and prepare your documents before you begin your application.

Apply To More Than One Program

Kent State University allows you to apply to more than one program. Since each application has been customized to meet the unique requirements and available terms for the program, you must complete a new application for each program to which you are applying. After you have submitted the first application and paid the application fee, you must return to the online application (using the same User ID and password) and complete a new application for the second program. You will be prompted to pay an additional application fee.

Choose Your Degree

Carefully read the descriptions below and determine which application best fits your profile and intended term of enrollment. 

Choose this option if:

  • You have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or have met the requirements for a baccalaureate degree that will be awarded prior to beginning your graduate study. Kent State University is authorized to grant 14 master’s degrees in more than 200 areas of concentration.

Choose this option if:

  • You have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • You have earned a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, (Certain exclusions may apply; please consult the graduate catalog to verify requirements for specific programs).
  • You are interested in becoming a professional scholar, college and university teacher, or independent researcher in private, industrial or governmental research institutions.

Choose this option if:

  • You are considering a career in the diagnosis and surgical, physical, mechanical, and medical treatment of the foot and ankle.

Select this option if you would like to take classes for your graduate degree or certification program completely online. Degrees are available in the following areas:

  • Art Education
  • Business Analytics
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Foundations
  • Evaluation & Measurement
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Instructional Technology
  • Knowledge Management
  • Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Language & Translation
  • Liberal Studies
  • Library & Information Sciences
  • Music Education
  • Nursing
  • Online MBA
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Special Education
  • User Experience Design

Choose this option if:

  • You have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • You do not want to earn a graduate degree, but do want to take a limited number of graduate courses for self-improvement, intellectual curiosity or expansion of areas of professional expertise.

Choose this option if:

  • You have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • You want to take a limited number of courses at Kent State University, but do not currently have an interest in pursuing a degree.
  • You have taken fewer than six graduate course hours at Kent State University in the past.

Choose this option if:

  • You have already earned a graduate degree from Kent State University and want to continue in graduate coursework without pursuing another degree program.
  • You don't want to earn a graduate degree, but do want to take a limited number of graduate courses for self-improvement, intellectual curiosity or expansion of areas of professional expertise.

Choose this option if:

  • You are a graduate degree-seeking or graduate non-degree student and want to earn a certificate in a specific area. Graduate certificate programs deliver focused instruction and formalized guidance in a flexible manner.

Choose this option if:

  • You are enrolled in a graduate degree program in good standing at another university and want to take coursework from Kent State University.

Choose this option if:

  • You already hold a master's degree and are seeking an educational specialist degree (Ed.S.).

Make It Happen

You've decided to apply to Kent State University, one of Ohio's top universities. Congratulations! So what happens next? The application process continues here.

Continue on the process from this page if you are not a citizen, permanent resident, refugee or asylee of the United States of America. Follow the links below for your particular situation. If you're still not sure about which application type you should use, just email intladm@kent.edu.

Check Existing Undergraduate Application Status

Check Existing Graduate Application Status

Take the Next Step

Follow the link below for the application type that matches your situation. You'll be directed to a page that will guide you through the next step of the application process.

Choose this option if you are an international student who has completed the education level in your country that is the equivalent of an American high school diploma. Generally, this is usually the first 12 years of formal education, which culminates in the awarding of a secondary school diploma or certificate. Upon receipt of your academic records, Kent State University will perform an evaluation to determine your eligibility.

Choose this option if you are an international student who has completed the education level in your country that is equivalent to an American bachelor's or baccalaureate degree. Generally, this is usually the four-year diploma or certificate that you receive after completing your secondary schooling. Upon receipt of your academic records, Kent State University will perform an evaluation to determine your eligibility.

International students who want to study in Kent State's English as a Second Language program for the purposes of improving their English ability should choose this link. The ESL-Only application is for students whose sole interest is learning English and who do not intend to enter a degree program. If you intend to enter a degree program under conditional admission, please apply directly to the degree program.

Tips for Applying

Expand your world without ever leaving your home by earning a US-based online degree with Kent State University. Choose this option if you are interesting in taking classes for a degree completely online. Please note that students enrolled in 100% online degree programs do not receive an immigration document to attend Kent State University in the United States.