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Admissions Guidelines

Applicants for the Ph.D. in Literature should have an M.A. in English and take the GRE General Test. Admission to the doctoral program is based on GRE scores, letters of recommendation, a research-based writing sample, statement of purpose, and previous academic work. All applications will be considered for a Teaching Fellowship.

Program Requirements:

  • M.A. in English or equivalent

  • 3.00 overall GPA

  • 3.00 in previous English courses

Application Procedure: Applications must be complete by January 15 each year for admission to Fall term. Kent State University is now processing all applications online. Here is the general procedure for all applications.

A. Complete your application through the official Online Application Process.

  1. Start at the Kent State Admissions Application site: Apply Now

  2. At this page scroll down to and click on "Graduate Admissions" if you are an international student, click on "International Admissions."

  3. At this page ("Step 1"), select the degree program type you are applying to: i.e. "masters or doctoral."

  4. Read and follow the instructions under "Step 2."

    Domestic student applications are processed through "Graduate Studies (GS)" and all required materials should be sent directly to this address:

    Graduate Studies (GS) or e-mail to gradapps@kent.edu

    Cartwright Hall
    650 Hilltop Drive
    Kent State University
    Kent, OH 44242-0001

    International student applications are all processed through the Office of Global Education (OGE):

    International Student Admissions or e-mail to intladm@kent.edu

    625 Loop Road
    106 Van Campen Hall
    Kent, OH 44242-0001

    Transcripts must be sent directly by your current institution's Registrar to the appropriate address above. Additional information (such as guidelines for the Statement of Goals) is posted under each program in the department (use links below).

  5. Proceed to "Step 3" which is "apply now." Follow the instructions on the subsequent pages. (You may complete part of the application and return later to complete it if you need to do so: information will be saved.)

C. Your Application will require these materials, sent to GS (or OGE if international applicant):

  • 3 letters of recommendation (referees email or mail letters directly)

  • GRE scores (general test required)

  • Transcripts from all colleges attended (sent directly by your registrar)

  • Statement of Focus or Goals (200-500 words; send via mail or submit by pasting into online application form)

  • Writing sample, ordinarily a critical essay of 8-10 pages from an undergraduate or graduate class (send via email or mail).

  • Application Fee (Submit online) Because printed materials will be scanned for review, try to send materials well in advance of the application dates or send materials electronically when possible.

D. Review Application Status: After you have submitted your application, you can always go back to Apply Now (login link at bottom of page) to view the status of your application to view which materials have been received and what is still missing from your application. Only completed applications will be considered for admission and/or assistantships.

Application Deadlines:

  • Deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15th. Please note that application materials, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores can take up to 6 weeks to reach and be processed by Graduate Admissions. Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process well in advance of the deadlines.

Graduate Application Contact Information:


Kevin Floyd
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Department of English
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(330) 672-1753
kfloyd@kent.edu

Graduate Studies
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(330) 672-2661
Sheri McMahon
Interim Graduate Secretary
Department of English
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(330) 672-1758
International Applicants:
Office of Global Education
650 Loop Road
Van Campen Hall
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-001-
(330) 672-7980