Graduate Admission | School of Digital Sciences | Kent State University

Graduate Admission

This page contains general information for applicants who plan to apply to the Master of Digital Sciences (MDS) degree program.

Further information for international applicants is given on the Graduate Admission for International Students page.

Application Deadlines

Applications for both full-time and part-time admission are accepted for the fall or spring semester. Applications for full-time admission are not accepted for the summer semester, but applications for part-time admission are accepted.

The School of Digital Sciences does not have a formal application deadline, but processes graduate applications on a continuous basis. However, to maximize your chance of securing a seat in your preferred classes, we highly recommend that students submit their applications based on the below dates. Please note that there are different dates for domestic and international applicants.

Domestic Applicants

  • April 15 (for summer admission) — part-time admission only (see note above)
  • July 1 (for fall admission)
  • November 15 (for spring admission)

International Applicants

  • May 15 (for fall admission)
  • October 1 (for spring admission)
  • March 15 (for summer admission) — part-time admission only (see note above)

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Digital Sciences degree are expected to have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale. Applicants with a lower GPA will be considered for conditional admission.

Applicants must submit:

  • official transcript(s)
  • current resume
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a statement of goals and objectives for pursuing this degree
  • Official GRE Scores
    • ​may be waived for those with a prior US Master's degree or 36 months relevant work experience - please contact DSAdvising@kent.edu for more information
  • (optionally) a statement of plans for electives

The (required) statement of goals and objectives should explain the applicant's goals and objectives for pursuing this advanced degree. For example, the applicant may want to better prepare for a particular career, to update knowledge in a specific area or to add expertise that will make the applicant more valuable in a current career.

The (optional) statement of plans for electives should explain how the applicant plans to choose the digital sciences related electives to complement the selected concentration and undergraduate major. The applicant should explain how the electives will help to meet the goals and objectives listed in the previous question.

Application Process

For more information about the application process, see the Graduate Studies web page, which includes information about the admission process.  You can also use their submit documents page to submit your resume, recommendation letters, goals statement, etc.

Tuition, Fees, and Payment

For information on tuition, fees, due dates and payment options, see the One Stop for Student Services web page.  Their tuition page includes estimates of tuition, fees, and living expenses for the current academic year.

Scholarships:

As of Fall 2017, new student graduates have access to a scholarship for the Master of Digital Sciences program.  See the Office of Global Education website for more information.