Knowledge Management Admissions

Master of Science and Graduate Certificate

Admissions Deadlines

  • April 1: Summer Semester
  • 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 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 may be uploaded directly into the application system. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, and have questions or problems with the application, contact Graduate Admissions (domestic applicants only) at 330-672-2661 or at

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, questions regarding application materials should be directed to the Office of Global Education at 330-672-7980 or


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.

By submitting the email address and name of your reference in the application, you enable the application to send information about electronic submission of their references letters. A form is also built into the reference submission system. 


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.


The GRE is no longer a requirement for any applicants starting with Spring 2023 semester admissions.


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.