Kent State University, with its eight-campus system in Northeast Ohio, serves the state and nation with excellence by preparing students for scholarly, research and professional careers. Kent State’s extensive offerings include 23 master’s degrees in 114 majors, five doctoral degrees in 50 majors, one post-master’s degree in six majors, 38 certificates and a variety of non-degree options. 


About the Division of Graduate Studies

The Division of Graduate Studies prepares graduate students for success at Kent State and beyond. The Division, which serves in an advisory role, strives to cultivate an inclusive, innovative and encouraging environment that enhances the Kent State graduate student experience.

The Division supports Kent State’s graduate students from orientation through thesis and dissertation defense, providing holistic services that address professional development, career advising, academic success, research opportunities and health and wellbeing to enhance graduate education beyond degree completion. The Division of Graduate Studies also fosters a sense of belonging for all individuals within the graduate student community.

View the Strategic Plan for Graduate Studies and Graduate Education at Kent State University.

Academic Affairs Response to COVID-19

Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID19) and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, Kent State University is following Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s recommendations and has reduced on-campus operations. Please be assured that we continue our business operations as per usual while working remotely. If you have questions or need assistance with your graduate application email For all other questions, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies staff directly or email

An ad-hoc Academic Continuity Committee was formed to create temporary policies, procedures and guidelines relating to academic affairs in response to COVID-19. To view these procedures and for continuous updates, please click here


Updated requirements for thesis or dissertation defense

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kent State University put a temporary policy in place for remote participation in thesis and dissertation defense during academic year 2020-2021. Beginning this fall semester, we will revert back to the existing policy for thesis and dissertation defenses. Under this policy, all members of a dissertation or thesis committee will be required to be in-person. If necessary, this policy allows for remote participation in instances where there is a compelling reason as to why the committee cannot be physically present, with prior approval.

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