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.

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. The course should be required for the student’s program of study and be unavailable at the student’s home institution when needed for timely completion of the student’s program. The student must be in good standing (GPA >3.0) and be within time limits for completion of the degree program. The student will attend the course at the host university, but register for a special topics course at Kent State University. To apply, students must complete the Approval for Acceptance of Graduate Coursework at East Ohio Universities form found in the Forms Library, and receive approval from both their program and the host institution.

Please note that this form should not be used for elective courses or for courses outside the student’s official plan of study.


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