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Graduate Admissions Policy

Admission Policy for Graduate Training

The department encourages applications from students showing evidence of superior potential for graduate study. This includes a broad undergraduate preparation, a minimum last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework average of at least "B" (3.00), a minimum of 18 semester hours of credit in psychology that includes one course in statistics (or its equivalent) and one course in laboratory experimental psychology, and satisfactory scores on the verbal, quantitative, analytic portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

For international applicants, Kent State requires evidence of English language proficiency. Applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (197 on the computerized version) or a minimum MELAB score of 77

Over the past five years we have averaged approximately 320 applicants per year, with the clinical and experimental programs each admitting about 10 students annually. Each class has been quite diverse on several characteristics. Our students have come from undergraduate institutions from California to New York, and have typically included some non-traditional students. Approximately 25 percent of those admitted have been minority or international students. The gender composition has averaged about 65 percent women and 35 percent men. The student's GRE scores have been typically in the 550-750 range. The mean GPA has been 3.75.

It is the policy of the department to admit only those students whose goal is a Ph.D. in psychology and who the Admissions Committee considers likely to complete the doctorate. The M.A. degree is viewed as a step toward obtaining the Ph.D. Although estimates of attrition are difficult to provide since many personal (non-academic) and unforeseen factors may be involved in a student's leaving the program, less than 5% of the students who enter the program subsequently have not earned their Ph.D.

Only students who are interested in full-time graduate study are considered for admission. Graduate students in psychology must accumulate a minimum of 24 credit hours within the calendar year. Students unable to maintain this level of academic activity are not considered for graduate work in the department. Students are expected to enroll in courses during the summer as well as during the academic year.

The deadline for applications to be considered for Fall admission to the Psychology Graduate program is December 15. All application materials, including transcripts and GRE scores must be received by this date. Admissions are considered only for the Fall semester. We only admit full-time students who are committed to attaining the Ph.D. Students are not admitted to the graduate programs on a probationary basis. We do not admit students on any non-degree status.

For more information about applying:

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Psychological Sciences, P.O. Box 5190
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
Telephone: 330/ 672-8536 • FAX: 330/ 672-7932

When you apply, admissions materials (e.g., letters of recommendation) are sent to:

Research and Graduate Studies Office of Graduate Services
116 Cartwright Hall
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001 “