Kent State University is now processing all applications online. Here are the general procedure for all applications. Be sure to check program-specific guidelines (links below) for additional information.


  1. Start at the Kent State Admissions Application site: Apply Now
  2. At this page scroll down to and click on "Graduate Admissions" if you are an international student, click on "International Admissions."
  3. At this page ("Step 1"), select the degree program type you are applying to: i.e. "masters" or "doctoral."
  4. Read and follow the instructions under "Step 2".

Domestic Student Applications

Domestic student applications are processed through "Graduate Studies (GS)" and all required materials should be sent directly to this address:

Graduate Studies or e-mail to
Cartwright Hall
650 Hilltop Drive
Kent State University
Kent OH 44242-0001


International student applications are all processed through the Office of Global Education (OGE):

International Student Admissions or e-mail to
 625 Loop Road
106 Van Campen Hall
Kent State University
Kent OH 44242-0001 

Transcripts must be sent directly by your current institution's Registrar to the appropriate address above. Additional information (such as guidelines for the Statement of Goals) is posted under each program in the department (use links below).

5.  Proceed to "Step 3" which is Apply Now. Follow the instructions on the subsequent pages. (You may complete part of the application and return later to complete it if you need to do so: information will be saved.)


Submit or request submission of other application materials when required by your specific program:  

  1. Statement of Purpose (200-500 words) may be submitted during online application process into a form provided; you may also mail your statement to GS at (International applications to
  2. Request that your letters of recommendation be e-mailed or sent to GS at (international applications to OGE at
  3. E-mail or mail your writing sample (8-10 page essay) to GS at (international applications to OGE
  4. Transcripts from all colleges attended (sent directly by your registrar to GS).
  5. Application Fee (submit online)
  6. GRE scores (General Test only), GRE is required for both domestic and international applicants.
  7. International applications submit TOEFL to

Review Application Status

After you have submitted your application, you can always go back to Apply Now (login link at bottom of page) to view the status of your application to view which materials have been received and what is still missing from your application. Only completed applications will be considered for admission and/or assistantships.

Please indicate on the first line of your statement of purpose whether you are applying to the literary traditions, literary theory or Rhetoric and Composition focus. All applicants will be considered for a Graduate Assistantship.

Find specific application forms for Transient Graduate Students, Workshop-Only Students, Guest, Non-Degree, and Re-Application Graduate Students on the Apply Now website as well.

Specific Program Information

Find specific program information by following these links:  

Application Deadlines 

  • MA applicants seeking Graduate Assistantships or Fellowships: January 15th. Deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15th. Please note that application materials, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores can take up to 6 weeks to reach and be processed by Graduate Admissions. Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process well in advance of the deadline. 
  • MA applicants NOT seeking Assistantships are considered year-round. However, the programs must have adequate time before the start of the next term to read and evaluate applications.
    • For Ph.D. in English and  M.A. in English, Literature and Writing program, applications for following fall term should be completed before the preceding spring term ends, May 15.
    • For the PhD in Rhetoric & Composition and NEO M.F.A. program, applications are only considered for the fall term, and applications must be completed by the deadline for Graduate Assistantships or Fellowships, January 15.
    • For M.A. in English for Teachers, and M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language, applications must be complete 6 weeks in advance of start of admission term. As the start of academic terms shifts slightly each academic year, the deadline of 6 weeks shall be understood as the following.
      • Before first full week of December ends for following spring term admission.
      • Before second full week of July ends for following fall term admission.  

Graduate Application Contact Information

Wesley Raabe
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Department of English
Kent State University
P.O.Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

Graduate Studies
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

Lauren Gougler
Graduate Secretary
Department of English
Kent State University
P.O.Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

International Applicants

Office of Global Education (OGE)
106 Van Campen Hall
Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent OH 44242-0001