Master's Degree FAQ | Higher Education Administration | Kent State University

Master's Degree FAQ

When is the application deadline?

If you are considering submitting an application, please contact the admissions coordinator to talk about your options and whether this might be a good fit for you. We are open to these discussions at any time.

However, there are two reasons for you to pay attention to the calendar when you apply. First, we will need some time to complete the review before you are able to enroll, as admission is selective. Second, if you are seeking a graduate assistantship for financial support, it is best to apply by early February for fall admission so that you can participate in graduate assistantship interviews. Later applicants may still be placed in assistantships or admitted, but it will be on a space-available basis.

So, we recommend Master's applicants apply by January 5 for fall admission.

Are graduate assistantships available for full-time students?

Yes. Each year, our admitted students are able to apply for graduate assistantships. "GAs" work on the Kent campus and at colleges and universities throughout the region. The specific assistantships that are available vary from year to year, but this list of assistantships and practica sites might give you an idea.

Each spring, we hold a centralized interview day for admitted students to meet with potential assistantship site representatives. In order to participate, it is best for you to make sure that your admission application is complete by January 5. Although we are able to help many admitted students locate an assistantship, the process is competitive and we are unable to guarantee a placement. However, we work very hard to identify new assistantship sites throughout the year.

Do I have to have experience to get an assistantship?

No, although some experience or familiarity with administrative positions in higher education might help you to be selected. Some of the kinds of experiences that are good to note on your resume include residence hall assistant, peer counselor, student leader, office worker, or camp counselor. If you have full-time work experience, that's good, too. However, most assistantship sites will provide you with training and the content of your courses will also help you to understand your work environment.

Is it difficult to get admitted?

Our graduate programs have "selective admission," which means that the faculty carefully review each admission file to see if there is a good fit between the candidate and our program. Not all applicants will be admitted. We look for candidates with a commitment to higher education as a career and with evidence of academic skills and achievement sufficient to complete our program of graduate study. There is no one "best" profile and we welcome a diversity of applicants. Each application file is considered individually.

I'm not sure... is this the best program for me?

We recommend that you read this website for information. If you still have questions, please contact the faculty member who coordinates admission for the graduate degree program in which you are interested. He or she can meet with you in person or on the phone to discuss your individual situation.