Application Procedure | Kent State University

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. Applications can no longer be considered over the summer, however. Students interested in starting in the fall therefore need to make sure all their application materials have reached Graduate Studies before the end of the previous spring semester.


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. You need to run your completed Goal Statement by the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, David Odell-Scott at, before you start the online application process, to make sure it covers all the bases.

Your Goal Statement must include the Tentative List of Courses form filled out with the specific courses you are interested in taking and a course-by-course explanation of how they would benefit your program. The link to this form is on the Design your Program page.

2- Online Application

When your Goal Statement, including your Tentative List of Courses form, is complete and has been approved by the Program Director, but not before, start the Kent State University online graduate application. (International students should use this application instead.)

  • 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 pulldown box. It's 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- Email US

Email David Odell-Scott, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at to let him know that you've started the application process, so he can keep an eye out for your application, which he will not receive until Graduate Studies has received all the required materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, Goal Statement).

4- 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 should provide them with your Goal Statement, including your Tentative List of Courses, so that they can speak to the likelihood of your doing well in the specific program you have chosen.

If you have been out of college for some time and are no longer in contact with your college professors, you would want to get letters from 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, 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 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.