Prospective Graduate Students | Department of Mathematical Sciences | Kent State University

Prospective Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in the Mathematics Graduate Program at Kent State University!

The mathematics graduate program, in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, offers Pure Math or Applied Math degrees of:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department also offers Math for Secondary Teachers degree of:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The Master's program is intended for those students who want a professional education in mathematics beyond the Bachelor's degree level. The Ph.D. program, in contrast, is designed for students interested in becoming professional scholars, college and university teachers, or independent workers in private, industrial, or government research institutions. Our Ph.D. program is one of six mathematics Ph.D. programs in the state public university system, and one of only two in northeast Ohio. In broad terms, the faculty areas of research lie in functional analysis and operator theory, Lie representation theory, approximation theory, finite groups, character theory, number theory, large scale systems of equations, numerical and scientific computation, and probability and stochastic processes. 

Our graduate student resources details all the information students need to complete a degree in our program.


We do not have specific deadlines for admission. We continue to admit students year-round. However, if you wish to be admitted for a specific term, we suggest you allow at least 3 months prior to your admittal term to allow paperwork to be received, processed, and your registration information to be mailed to you.

Assistantship Applications

About a quarter of our graduate students are approved to receive assistantship. Assistantship Applications are considered once a year, six months prior to the start of the fall semester of that academic year. For priority consideration, please make sure that your application reaches us by January 31 before the academic year of your desired assistantship. January 31 is the deadline for both the fall and spring assistantships of the following academic year.

Application Paperwork 

If you want to apply, visit the Kent State Admissions website where you can apply online or download application forms to mail in. Online applications are preferred because they are processed quicker. To send your GRE or TOEFL scores directly to Kent State University, use the institution code: 1367. However, to ensure that all paperwork is included, please check our Admission Requirements page. Your admission application must include:

  • Original Transcripts sent to Admissions
  • TOEFL score sent to Admissions (for international students, institution code: 1367)
  • Proof of Financial Support (for international students) 
  • Personal Statement and Resume
  • At least three recommendation letters

Start your application online or mail your application to one of the addresses below:

U.S. Citizens
International Students

Division of Graduate Studies

Cartwright Hall

650 Hilltop Drive

Kent State University

Kent, OH 44242

Office of Global Education

106 Van Campen Hall

625 Loop Road

Kent, OH 44242-0001


Please do not send paperwork directly to the Department of Mathematical Sciences, as it delays the admissions process.


The Graduate Coordinator: Professor Artem Zvavitch

(330) 672-3316;