Domestic Ph.D. Application Process | Kent State University

Domestic Ph.D. Application Process

Application Materials

A complete application includes all of the materials described in steps 1-6 below. If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, please see step 7 below.

Applications must be completed and submitted online (see URL below). The online application includes the statement of purpose, but all other application materials (transcripts, letters of reference, GRE scores, assistantship application) must be mailed to:

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

1. Online Kent State University graduate application

Applications for graduate school at KSU must be submitted online. Begin the process here:

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2. $45.00 nonrefundable application fee

You will be prompted to submit your payment during the online application.

3. Statement of purpose

All applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose describing their current academic interests, research interests, long-range career goals, and how admission to the Department of Sociology at Kent State University, in particular, will help you achieve these goals. Please send your statement and letters of recommendation to the Division of Graduate Studies at the address above or email them to

4. Three letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Please instruct your references to use the following letter of reference form. They may also supplement this form with a written statement on their official letterhead. Your references should send a signed, hard copy of the completed reference form to the Division of Graduate Studies at the address listed above or emailed to; the letters should not be submitted by the student applicant.

5. Official academic transcripts

Kent State University requires official transcripts from any academic program in which an applicant is enrolled for 8 or more credit hours. All official transcripts should be mailed to the Division of Graduate Studies at the address listed above.  

6. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores

The GRE is required of all applicants. The GRE exam is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Information about the exams is available from the ETS website.

Have ETS send your official scores to the Division of Graduate Studies address listed above. You can indicate this when you take the exam or by contacting ETS as described on the ETS website. Applicants must have taken the GRE within the past five years. If the GRE was not completed in the last five years, the student must take the GRE again.

7.  Application for graduate assistantship

All applicants to the doctoral program, who complete their application by the deadline, will be considered for full financial support in the form of a graduate assistantship, which includes a full tuition waiver, a stipend, and some health insurance benefits.  For questions about graduate assistantships, please review the FAQ’s or e-mail Dr. Susan Roxburgh, Graduate Coordinator.