Program Requirements:

  • M.A. in English or equivalent
  • 2.75 overall GPA
  • 3.00 in previous English courses

Application Procedure: Applications must be complete by January 15 each year for admission to Fall term. Admissions are based on previous academic work, letters of recommendation, a research-based writing sample, statement of purpose, and GRE scores. The Statement of Purpose should address the applicant's "fit" with this program. Kent State University is now processing all applications online. Here is the general procedure for all applications:

A. Complete the Kent State University Online Application:

  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 are processed through "Graduate Studies (GS)" and all required materials should be sent directly to these addresses:

Graduate Studies (GS)
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):

Office of Global Education (OGE)
106 Van Campen Hall
650 Hilltop Drive
Kent State University
Kent OH 44242-0001
E-mail to

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.)

B. Your Application will require these materials, sent to GS (or OGE if international applicant):

  • 3 letters of recommendation (referees mail letters directly)
  • GRE scores (general test only)
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended (sent directly by your registrar)
  • Statement of Focus or Goals (200-500 words; submit by pasting into online application form or by mailing)
  • Writing sample.
  • Application Fee (Submit online)

C. 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.

  •  Application Deadlines: Deadline for receipt of all application material, for priority consideration for funding, is January 15th. Applications received after January 15th will be considered on a space available basis. 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.

Graduate Application Contact Information

Graduate Studies (GS) 330-672-2661
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Office of Global Education (OGE) 330-672-7980
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001