HI Master of Science Admissions | School of Information | Kent State University

HI Master of Science Admissions

Admissions Deadlines

  • June 15: Fall Semester
  • November 15: Spring Semester

Applications are reviewed as they are received. All application materials, including test scores, should be received by the deadline to ensure the best chance to register for classes. Applications received after the indicated semester deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Please contact the School at slisinfo@kent.edu to determine the possibility of late submission if your application file will not be completed in time.

Admissions Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent to that earned from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  • Total GPA of 3.0 or higher in your highest completed degree. GPA is calculated from the grades of all courses taken at the relevant level, baccalaureate or master.
  • International students must provide evidence of English Language Proficiency. See the International Students page on our site for details on score requirements.

Application & Additional Materials


Applicants are required to create an account in the online application system (Graduate Studies), which allows them to save the application and track the progress of materials submitted via the application system. The online application will indicate "Kent Campus" for all Kent and online students. Degrees and certificates are offered through the College of Communication and Information.

All admissions materials should be submitted via mail or email to Graduate Studies (domestic students) or Office of Global Education (international students), as indicated below.

  • Visit the Graduate Studies admissions site to submit your application.   
  • If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required application materials (indicated below) should be sent to the Division of Graduate Studies at gradapps@kent.edu or by mail to:
    • Division of Graduate Studies
    • Kent State University
    • Cartwright Hall
    • P.O. Box 5190
    • Kent, OH 44242

Please include your full name and Kent State ID (9 digit number starting with 8) on all documents. For questions, contact Graduate Admissions (domestic applicants only) at 330-672-2661 or gradapps@kent.edu.

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required documents (indicated below) should be submitted to the Office of Global Education at intladm@kent.edu or by mail to:
    • Office of Global Education
    • Kent State University
    • 106 Van Campen Hall
    • 625 Loop Rd.
    • Kent, OH 44242
    • USA

Please include your full name and Kent State ID (9 digit number starting with 8) on all documents. For questions, contact International Admissions at 330-672-7980 or intladm@kent.edu.


Request an official transcript from each college/university in which eight (8) semester hours or more were earned, except for Kent State University. Kent State requires official transcripts sent directly from each institution.


Three letters of recommendation are required. References should be able to attest that you possess the ability and skills needed to succeed in graduate study. Generally the best references are professors, but senior-level managers from your workplace can also serve well. Letters should include a signature and be submitted on the sender's company or organization letterhead.

In addition to the letters, the recommendation form provided by Graduate Studies is also required.


Please include a typed, double-spaced statement of no more than 1,000 words describing:

  • Why you are interested in the program;
  • How your background experience and/or education has prepared you for the program;
  • Your career goals;
  • How the program will help actualize your professional objectives.


Please submit a current resume or CV with your application.


All international applicants whose education has been primarily outside the United States must provide objective evidence of proficiency in the English language, with some exceptions.


Note: In order to be compliant with federal and state laws related to online education and consumer protection, Kent State University may not be able offer online programs to students residing in certain states. In addition, some state laws may impose limitations that could affect a program of study, including inability to offer on-ground internships. Since this compliance undergoes continuous updates, non-Ohio residents interested in pursuing any School of Library and Information Science programs are advised to consult official Kent State information on state authorization before applying to this program.