International Students

International students make up an important part of the art community at Kent State University. Approximately 2,500 international students from nearly 100 countries are currently enrolled at KSU. As you engage in our international student admissions process, you will see why so many students choose to come to our school. We make sure you feel welcome and comfortable every step of the way, and if you have any questions, please email our graduate coordinator.   See below for information on our offered degrees and graduate coordinator contact information, along with instructions and requirements to apply to the School of Art.

Studio Art, M.F.A.

MFA in Studio Art 

Applicants must select one of the following concentrations:

Print Media and Photography
Sculpture and Expanded Media

Art Education, M.A.

Also offered as a 100% online degree.

MA in Art Education

Art History, M.A.

MA in Art History

Studio Art, M.A.

No concentration required.

MA in Studio Art


Contact Graduate Coordinator, Shawn Powell at or call 330-672-9728 for more information.

Lisa Everson, Administrative Clerk (Graduate Program)

Email is preferred and will receive a faster response.



The admission cycle for fall 2023 is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications.  We invite you to consider applying to our program when the next application cycle opens in August of 2023 for Fall 2024 admission.  Our application deadline for the School of Art is generally in early February, so please be sure to check our website next fall for exact deadlines and ensure that all application materials arrive by that date to qualify for admission consideration.

Late Application:

  • International applications completed after the deadline will not be reviewed. Due to the time constraints of the immigration process, International applicants must meet application deadlines.

Conditional Admission Policy:

Does this program consider applicants for conditional admission when:

  • Applicant lacks an IELTS/TOEFL score: NO
  • Applicant has a lower IELTS/TOEFL score than the required minimum for admission: NO


Admission requirement details can be found on our Graduate Admissions webpage.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency* (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website. Effective spring 2018. 

Note: GREs are not required by The School of Art.

*The TOEFL exam is preferred.