How to Apply

How to ApplyKent Hall

To apply for graduate study in Psychology at Kent State University the application must be completed and received by December 1, 2016 for Fall 2017 admission.

Part I: Apply for graduate study at Kent State University

First, begin your application online and upload any necessary documents. For any documents not uploaded during your initial application, follow this link for mailing instructions. The Letter of Recommendation Form can be found in the Forms Library.

Part II:  Email Information Sheet to the Department of Psychological Sciences

Excerpts from the Admission Policy for Graduate Standing:

  • Only students who are interested in full-time graduate study are considered for admission.
  • It is the policy of the department to admit only those students whose goal is the Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences and who are considered by the Admissions Committee as likely to complete the doctorate. The M.A. degree is viewed as a subgoal, which is only one of several requirements for obtaining the Ph.D.
  • The deadline for applications to be considered for fall admission to psychology is December 1st.
  • Admissions are considered only for the fall semester. Students are not admitted to the graduate programs on a part-time or probationary basis.

For more information or to check on the status of an application:

Telephone: 330-672-8536  
FAX: 330-672-7932
Email: gradpsyc@kent.edu

Admission Policy for Graduate Training

The department encourages applications from students showing evidence of superior potential for graduate study. This includes a broad undergraduate preparation, a minimum of 60 hours of undergraduate coursework average of at least "B" (3.00), a minimum of 18 semester hours of credit in psychology that includes one course in statistics (or its equivalent), experience in psychological research (e.g., a course in Research Methods, working in a research laboratory, or completion of a thesis or other research project), and satisfactory scores on the verbal, quantitative, analytic portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

For international applicants, Kent State requires evidence of English language proficiency. Applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (197 on the computerized version) or a minimum MELAB score of 77

Over the past five years we have averaged approximately 320 applicants per year, with the clinical and experimental programs each admitting about 10 students annually. Each class has been quite diverse on several characteristics. Our students have come from undergraduate institutions from California to New York, and have typically included some non-traditional students. Approximately 25 percent of those admitted have been minority or international students. The gender composition has averaged about 65 percent women and 35 percent men. The student's GRE scores have been typically in the 550-750 range. The mean GPA has been 3.75.

It is the policy of the department to admit only those students whose goal is a Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences and who the Admissions Committee considers likely to complete the doctorate. The M.A. degree is viewed as a step toward obtaining the Ph.D. Although estimates of attrition are difficult to provide since many personal (non-academic) and unforeseen factors may be involved in a student's leaving the program, less than 5% of the students who enter the program subsequently have not earned their Ph.D.

Only students who are interested in full-time graduate study are considered for admission. Graduate students in psychology must accumulate a minimum of 24 credit hours within the calendar year. Students unable to maintain this level of academic activity are not considered for graduate work in the department. Students are expected to enroll in courses during the summer as well as during the academic year.

The deadline for applications to be considered for Fall admission to the Psychology Graduate program is December 1stAll application materials, including official transcripts and GRE scores must be received by this date. Admissions are considered only for the Fall semester. We only admit full-time students who are committed to attaining the Ph.D. Students are not admitted to the graduate programs on a probationary basis. We do not admit students on any non-degree status.

When you apply, admissions materials (e.g., letters of recommendation) are sent to:

Division of Graduate Studies
Kent State University
Cartwright Hall
650 Hilltop Dr.
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242