Graduate Admission for International Students | School of Digital Sciences | Kent State University

Graduate Admission for International Students

Supplementing the Graduate Admission page, this page contains additional information for international applicants who plan to apply to the Master of Digital Sciences (M.D.S.) degree program.

Application Deadlines for International Applicants

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 international applicants submit all of their application materials by the following dates:

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

Application Requirements for International Applicants

Additional application requirements for international applicants include evidence of proficiency in the English language, usually through the TOEFL IBT 79, IELTS band 6.5, or MELAB.  Conditional admission will not be given for low English proficiency scores.


The Master of Digital Sciences (M.D.S.) degree is considered a STEM degree, so it does qualify for the 17-month STEM extension on Optional Practical Training (OPT).

More specifically, the Master of Digital Sciences degree falls under the broad United States government category of "Computer and Information Sciences", and is assigned Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code 110101 Computer and Information Sciences, General. For this same reason, I-20's issued for the Master of Digital Sciences will also list Computer Science as your "Major" even though our students have been admitted into the Master of Digital Sciences program.


If you have a question about:

  • The Master of Digital Sciences degree program —  email
  • Your application — you need to contact International Admissions at or call +1-330-672-7980.   Please do not send questions about your application to the School of Digital Sciences since we do not see your application until it is complete and has been released to us by International Admissions.
  • Your I-20 or you need general assistance after you have been admitted —  Contact International Student and Scholar Services at or call +1-330-672-7980.
  • The application and admission process from India —  Contact Kent State University's Liaison Office in New Delhi at or call 011-405-26889.