FAQ for Prospective Students


When is your application deadline?

Our application deadline is December 1 for admission the following fall.

When and where will interviews be held?

Our formal interview process will take place early in the new year. Please check back for details.

Which faculty members are accepting new students?

The following faculty mentors will consider applications for new PhD students for the 2023 incoming doctoral class: 

  • Dr. Jeff Ciesla
  • Dr. Karin Coifman
  • Dr. Chris Flessner
  • Dr. Jill Folk
  • Dr. Judith Gere
  • Dr. Lee Gilman
  • Dr. John Gunstad
  • Dr. Phillip Hamrick
  • Dr. Dana Miller-Cotto
  • Dr. Amy Sato
  • Dr. Mary Beth Spitznagel
  • Dr. Clarissa Thompson
  • Dr. John Updegraff
  • Dr. Chris Was
How are admission decisions made?

In evaluating applications, the Department focuses on your grades and the courses in which they were earned, your personal statement, which should reflect your professional goals, areas of specialized interest, research experience and other relevant background experiences, your letters of recommendation, and your scores on the GRE. The Department will, of course, consider your complete application, including any special experiences or circumstances you might want to call to our attention.

What scores do students admitted to your program typically have?

The Department evaluates each applicant's entire package.  We do require a minimum last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework GPA of 3.0 but no minimum GRE score.  The table below shows the average scores of applicants recently admitted to the Clinical and Psychological Science programs.

Clinical Program 2019-20 2020-21
GPA 3.68 3.68
GRE-V percentile 88% 82%
GRE-Q percentile 58% 57%
Psychological Science Program 2019-20 2020-21
GPA 3.75 3.66
GRE-V percentile 66% 70%
GRE-Q percentile 57% 63%
What application materials are required and when are they needed?

Our application deadline is December 1 each year for admission the following Fall. In order for an application to be considered complete, the department must have received all application materials including: 

  • Statement of Career Goals and Purpose, describing your motivation for graduate study, your future professional goals, and your reasons for having selected Kent State University for graduate study.  You are encouraged to identify any faculty with whom you have a particular interest in working. 

  • The general GRE; we do not require the subject test.  The institution code for Kent State University is 1367. (Please note, submitting GREs will be optional this year.)

  • Copies of official transcripts (front and back) are required at the time of application from all universities where 8 or more credit hours were earned.  Admitted students are required to submit official transcripts after they have accepted an offer of admission.

  • Three letters of recommendation.  You will be asked to identify your recommenders and provide their email address.  The automated recommendation system will send an email to your recommender requesting that they complete a recommendation form/letter for you.  Through the application portal, you will be able to send reminders to your recommenders or change recommenders.

  • Application has a $45 nonrefundable application fee.

Do you require the GRE?

The Department of Psychological Sciences will waive the GRE requirement for applicants for fall 2023. You are welcome to submit your GRE scores; if you choose to do so, that information will be used in admissions decisions. However, full consideration will still be given to applications that do not include GRE scores. 

The institution code for Kent State University is 1367, and the departmental codes are 2016 for Clinical, and 2007 for Psychological Science. We encourage applicants to look into the GRE Fee Reduction Program to determine if you are eligible for a fee reduction.

What kind of financial support is available?

In the past, nearly all students have received full financial support in the form of a graduate assistantship, which includes a full tuition waiver, a stipend, and some health insurance benefits. We expect to be able to maintain this level of support in the future.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The typical time for completing the Ph.D. program has been five years in the Psychological Science degree program and about six years, including the internship, in the Clinical degree program.

Will graduate level courses/degrees from other institutions apply toward the psychology Ph.D. at Kent?

Graduate courses/degrees completed at other institutions are evaluated for equivalency with our requirements on an individual basis.