Academic Policies & Forms

Forms Library

The forms library contains a collection of paper work and application forms for faculty, staff, and students (prospective and current). From application to registration to thesis and dissertation documents, scroll through the forms library to find the appropriate category and specific document. 

Graduate Catalog

The Kent State University Catalog is the official document of record for undergraduate and graduate programs, courses, academic policies and special programs.

Guide to Graduate Education

The guide contains the policies and procedures applicable to the university’s graduate education community, from applying to a graduate program to graduating. Although most of the information contained in this guide appears in the University Catalog and/or University Policy Register, this guide is intended to make graduate policies and procedures easily accessible to potential and current students, faculty, staff and administrators.


Graduate Faculty Status

Graduate Faculty status affords the privilege to interact with students as a member of the Kent State Graduate Faculty. You must obtain Graduate Faculty status to be eligible to teach graduate courses and participate on graduate student committees. Please note that Graduate Faculty status is not related to professorial ranking.

Guidelines for Thesis Defense (PDF)

These guidelines contain procedures for forming the thesis committee and holding the oral defense.

Guidelines for Dissertation Final Examination (PDF)

These guidelines contain procedures for forming the dissertation committee and the examining committee and for holding the oral defense.

Cross-Registration for Non-Consortia Programs

Under specific circumstances, a graduate degree-seeking student from Kent State University may take one or more graduate courses at the University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Ohio University or Youngstown State University by registering through an emergency cross-registration program.

Program Development and Approval

New and revised graduate programs must go through an approval process before they may be advertised or implemented. The review process may involve both internal (e.g., Educational Policies Council, Board of Trustees) and external (e.g., Ohio Department of Higher Education, Higher Learning Commission) approval bodies.

Recruitment Resources & Services

The mission of the Graduate College is to advance graduate education at Kent State University and to serve as its advocate within the university and beyond. An important element of advancing graduate education is the recruitment of excellent graduate students and the Graduate College offers several resources and services to assist departments in this area.

To learn more about the College's recruitment efforts, contact Aaron Berger, Associate Director of Graduate Recruitment, at


This document provides step-by-step instructions for approving the new additional employment workflow. For questions, please contact Alexxus Sidney at


This document provides step-by-step instructions for approving the new leave of absence workflow. For questions, please contact Alexxus Sidney at