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You have decided to apply to Kent State University, one of Ohio’s top universities. Kent State offers graduate programs in a variety of academic areas, including more than 50 master's programs in more than 100 areas of specialization as well as 23 doctoral programs with more than 50 specializations.

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. 

If you intend to begin your graduate study during the Summer 2017 or Fall 2017 term you will complete a Summer & Fall 2017 application. If you intend to start your graduate study during the Spring 2018 term you will complete a Spring 2018 application.

Carefully read the descriptions below to determine which application type bests fits your profile and needs.

Master's Degree Application

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.

Master’s Application Get tips for the Master's Program Application

Doctoral

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.

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Online Degrees & Certificate Programs

Choose this option if:

  • You would like to apply to a graduate program where classes can be taken completely online.

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Non-Degree Application

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.

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Guest Application

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.

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Kent State M.A. & Ph.D. Alumnus Application (No Degree) 

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.

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Certificate

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.

Certificate Program Application Get tips for applying to a certificate program

Transient

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.

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Educational Specialist

Choose this option if:

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

Ed.S. Program Application Get tips for applying to the Ed.S. Program