Application Procedure


Students may start the program in the fall, spring, or summer. For those interested in starting in the spring or summer terms, all required documents - letters of recommendation, transcripts, Goal Statement - must be received by Graduate Studies six weeks before the start of the semester in which they wish to enroll.

Most of the application process is now online, and is explained below.

Items such as your transcripts and letters of recommendation, which your recommenders need to send directly themselves, should be mailed to:

Division of Graduate Studies
Cartwright Hall
650 Hilltop Drive
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242

International students should have their documents sent to:                                                                                                                                       

Office of Global Education
625 Loop Road
106 Van Campen Hall
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242

To receive general information about graduate studies at Kent State, you can fill out this form.

GPA Requirement

Kent State University requires a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA of applicants to its graduate programs. See the Academic Policy on Graduate Admission from the catalog. In extraordinary circumstances, which are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, students can be admitted conditionally if they had an undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 3.0.

How to Apply Online

1. Goal Statement

Start by writing your Goal Statement, following the directions provided on the Design your Program page of this website. If you would like to discuss your Goal Statement, please contact Prof. Sarah Harvey (LSM program director),

Your Goal Statement should include a Tentative List of Courses with the specific courses you are interested in taking.

2. Online Application

You can begin your application and upload your Goal Statement, including your Tentative List of Courses as you complete the application for admission process.  Please note that your application is not complete without all required documents including the Goal Statement and Tentative List of courses. U.S. students apply on the domestic online graduate application. International students  use the international online graduate application.

  • On the New Application Selection page, select Arts and Sciences as your Academic Unit, and Masters as your Degree Type.

  • On the Intended Major page (Checklist Item 5 of 9), select LSM - Liberal Studies from the pull-down box. It is the first item in the list, out of alphabetical order.

  • Send your Goal Statement, including your Tentative List of Courses, to Graduate Studies, either through the mail or by e-mail, to the address at the top of this page. International students will send theirs to the Office of Global Education.

3. Letters of Recommendation

Ask three individuals to send letters of recommendation to the address listed above - not to the Program Director - describing your qualities as a student and the likelihood of your succeeding in graduate study. You may provide them with your Goal Statement, including your Tentative List of Courses, so that they can speak to your  specific proposed individualized program of study. If you have been out of college for some time and are no longer in contact with your college professors, you can consider asking  your employers or others who can speak to your work ethic.

In all cases, it is very important that these letters come from individuals who can provide objective evaluations of your qualities. They should therefore not come from personal friends, family members, your employees, or anyone else who might be less than objective.

Also, make sure to pick individuals who will write you substantive letters. Letters from individuals who write only a few sentences or that they do not really know you or your work well will not help your application.

Make sure the individuals you ask for these recommendations indicate in their letters that you are applying to the Masters in Liberal Studies program.