In evaluating applications, the Department focuses on your grades and the courses in which they were earned, your personal statement, which should reflect your professional goals, areas of specialized interest, research experience and other relevant background experiences, your letters of recommendation, and your scores on the GRE. The Department will, of course, consider your complete application, including any special experiences or circumstances you might want to call to our attention.
The Department evaluates each applicant's entire package. We do require a minimum last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework GPA of 3.0 but no minimum GRE score. The table below shows the average scores of applicants recently admitted to the Clinical and Psychological Science programs.
Our application deadline is December 1 each year for admission the following Fall. In order for an application to be considered complete, the department must have received all application materials including:
Statement of Career Goals and Purpose, describing your motivation for graduate study, your future professional goals, and your reasons for having selected Kent State University for graduate study. You are encouraged to identify any faculty with whom you have a particular interest in working.
The general GRE; we do not require the subject test. The institution code for Kent State University is 1367. (Please note, submitting GREs will be optional this year.)
Copies of official transcripts (front and back) are required at the time of application from all universities where 8 or more credit hours were earned. Admitted students are required to submit official transcripts after they have accepted an offer of admission.
Three letters of recommendation. You will be asked to identify your recommenders and provide their email address. The automated recommendation system will send an email to your recommender requesting that they complete a recommendation form/letter for you. Through the application portal, you will be able to send reminders to your recommenders or change recommenders.
Application has a $45 nonrefundable application fee.
The Department of Psychological Sciences will waive the GRE requirement for applicants for fall 2023. You are welcome to submit your GRE scores; if you choose to do so, that information will be used in admissions decisions. However, full consideration will still be given to applications that do not include GRE scores.
The institution code for Kent State University is 1367, and the departmental codes are 2016 for Clinical, and 2007 for Psychological Science. We encourage applicants to look into the GRE Fee Reduction Program to determine if you are eligible for a fee reduction.
In the past, nearly all students have received full financial support in the form of a graduate assistantship, which includes a full tuition waiver, a stipend, and some health insurance benefits. We expect to be able to maintain this level of support in the future.