Application Procedures for M.A. and Ph.D. Programs | Kent State University

Application Procedures for M.A. and Ph.D. Programs

Master's and Ph.D. Students

For all applicants to our M.A. program, we offer Fall admission (see exception below for Kent State undergraduates) with an application deadline of January 20th. We offer both Fall and Spring semester admission to our Ph.D. program. For all programs and start dates, an application form can be completed online. This application system will ask for GREs (R1367 is the Kent State code), official transcripts, a goal statement, and 3 contacts who will write a letter of recommendation. See the online application for details.

All inquiries about your application status should be addressed to the graduate studies office (330-672-2661). Email questions to An application form can be completed on-line and many of the associated documents may be uploaded through an online upload tool. The graduate catalog can be viewed on-line.

Spring M.A. program admission for Kent State Undergraduates

Kent State Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) majors who are current undergraduates anticipating December or May graduation, post-baccalaureate students, or Kent State SPA students who have graduated in good standing within 12 months of the application deadline, are permitted to apply for Spring admission to our M.A. Program in Speech-Language Pathology. Applications are to be completed completed online by October 15th with a Spring start date indicated. This application will ask for GREs (R1367 is the Kent State code), official transcripts, a goal statement, and contacts who will write 3 letters of recommendation. 

Kent State SPA students applying for Spring admission (Kent State undergraduates only), who wish to combine their final semester of undergraduate study with their first semester of graduate study will need to indicate "yes" in the online application system when asked if they wish to apply to the combined baccalaureate-master's program (CBMP). These applicants must also submit a completed CBMP form. Students should have their academic advisor in SPA inspect the form prior to putting it in Mrs. Vicki Neading's mailbox in the Kent State Speech and Hearing Clinic.

To be eligible to combine the undergraduate and graduate credits, students must have a minimum of 90 credit by the end of the Fall semester preceding the program start. The date to have all application materials in for the Kent State undergraduate Spring admission program is October 15. Admission is competitive and there is not a hard and fast number that we admit, but it's usually a smaller number compared to our Fall admission. Combined students are admitted for and start in the Spring semester. Often, students continue to take undergraduate courses while beginning graduate coursework. A big advantage to being admitted to the Spring admission program for Kent State undergraduates is that you know you have a seat in the graduate program, but if you don't make it in that round, you can always apply for the regular Fall admission.

Post-undergraduate applicants

Students who have an undergraduate degree in another discipline and who need to pursue our post-baccalaureate program, must apply to the general admissions office of the university as a post-undergraduate student not seeking a degree. Please contact Dr. Anna Schmidt or visit the non-major section of our website for further information.

Post-baccalaureate applicants

Students who have completed post-baccalaureate coursework in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology may apply for Fall admission to the M.A. Program. Kent State post-baccalaureate students may also apply for Spring semester admission to the M.A. Program. Applicants must have completed 4 out of 5 of the following courses or their university's equivalents before applying:

  • Applied Phonetics
  • Hearing Science or Speech Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech
  • Speech and Language Development
  • Neural Processes in Speech and Language

Though it is not required for post-baccalaureate students to be admitted to the graduate program, it is recommended that students complete a course in Audiology and a course in Aural Rehabilitation (or their university's equivalents) to expedite the process of ASHA clinical certification.

Also relevant to undergraduate prerequisite coursework, ASHA requires that applicants for clinical certification demonstrate knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences. Acceptable courses in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science). Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry. Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health. A stand-alone course in statistics is required.

Au.D. Program Applicants

Find more information on the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (NOAC) program.


Students who want to take graduate courses without pursuing a degree must apply as a non-degree student. Students who are enrolled in a graduate program at another university but wish to take a class at Kent State can apply for transient student status. Contact Dr. Sue Grogan-Johnson, Graduate Coordinator, for further information.Apply Now!