Kent State Offering In-State Tuition to Out-Of-State Residents: Apply for an M.F.I.S. Degree

The Kent State University School of Fashion is excited to announce that those interested in the school’s Master of Fashion Industry Studies (M.F.I.S) graduate-level degree program, may be able to take advantage of the university’s new in-state tuition option.


Out-of-state residents who have earned a bachelor’s degree in Ohio can take advantage of the money-saving offer and save on their tuition for graduate programs at Kent State University.


This new in-state tuition option introduced by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner will allow anyone who has earned a bachelor’s degree from an Ohio college or university to pay the in-state tuition rate to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree at Kent State. This option will apply to those who received their bachelor’s degree from any of the public and private institutions in Ohio. The governor’s goal is to keep top talent in Ohio to conduct research and work in Ohio industry.


Kent State is offering the in-state tuition option for all of its graduate degree programs, with the exception of programs within the College of Podiatric Medicine, upon final approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.


This in-state tuition option is available to domestic students only, and the 12-month Ohio residency requirement usually applied to those receiving in-state tuition rates will be waived. By removing the out-of-state tuition surcharge on all graduate degree programs (except Podiatric Medicine), students will have more options and can consider Kent State for their graduate education. For a non-Ohio resident, Kent State’s new in-state tuition option will cut the tuition rate for eligible full-time graduate students by nearly half ($5,883 per semester for 2019-2020 full-time in-state graduate students compared to $10,976 per semester for 2019-2020 full-time out-of-state graduate students).


About Fashion Industry Studies

The School of Fashion is currently accepting students for the Fall 2020 semester. The Master of Fashion Industry Studies is a 30-credit, full-time, two-year, master’s level degree for academic advancement in the fashion industry. Students in the program will complete the M.F.I.S. Thesis, accompanied by a visual presentation/representation, that proposes an innovative and pragmatic research-based solution for the fashion industry. The program features a fashion industry practicum and graduate assistantships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to those who meet program deadlines. Applications received after program deadlines will be accepted as space allows at the discretion of the graduate faculty. 


Learn more about M.F.I.S and apply today!


For more information about graduate programs at Kent State, visit For more information about the new in-state tuition option, email, or call Michael Hollenbaugh, director of recruitment and retention in Kent State’s Division of Graduate Studies, at 330-672-2180.


View the official press release from the University






UPDATED: Friday, December 09, 2022 12:03 PM