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International Graduate Certificate Application

International Graduate Degree : Certificate or Non-Degree Application

To complete the application process a graduate applicant must review this list in order to gather necessary application materials prior to applying. In addition to saving time and paper, students who apply online will also be able to check their application status by using the log in and personal identification number (PIN) established when starting the online application.

General Instructions

  • The application is divided into multiple sections to allow you the option of completing the application in one session or in multiple sessions. Click the "Finish Later" button to save portions of the application you have already completed.
  • To return to complete the application at a later time, just enter your Login and PIN.
  • To check your application status, click the "Check the Status of an Existing Application" button found on this page. Remember you will need your original Login and PIN to securely check your status.

General Information

  1. This option is for applicants who wish to take a limited number of graduate courses for self-improvement, intellectual curiosity or expansion of areas of professional expertise.
  2. This classification is only for those students not working toward a graduate degree at Kent State University.
  3. At most 12 semester hours of credit may be petitioned to satisfy requirements for a degree program. Such a petition must receive approval of the department/school and of the appropriate graduate dean. Note that only 6 semester credit hours can be transferred in some departments/schools graduate programs.
  4. Non-degree students may not transfer credit earned at another university. 
  5. Students who are pursuing graduate certificate programs should apply as a non-degree student, unless they are already in a degree program.
Anyone who has been denied admission to graduate studies, or is under dismissal from the University, is not eligible for non-degree student status.

Tips/Checklist

You will be prompted to select the academic unit (i.e. College of The Arts, College of Communication and Information, etc.) of your intended major, and a concentration area if applicable. This information can be found in the Graduate Programs Listing.

To complete the application process an international undergraduate applicant must submit the following items, to the International Admissions office at:

Office of Global Education
Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Rd
Kent, OH 44242 USA
  • Application Fee
    There is a $30 nonrefundable application fee. You will be prompted to submit payment via the online application.
  • Transcripts
    Submit official transcripts in a sealed envelope from every college or university (except Kent State University) in which 9 semester hours or more were earned and send directly to:
    Office of International Affairs
    Kent State University
    106 Van Campen Hall
    625 Loop Rd
    Kent, OH 44242 USA

    A complete and official record of all institutions attended.
    If you have attended more than one secondary school, records for each must be submitted. School records must be submitted in their original language and should be accompanied by certified, literal English translations.
  • English Proficiency Examination
    All applicants whose education has been primarily outside the United States must have objective evidence of proficiency in the English language, with the exception of those educated primarily in the following counties:
    • Australia
    • Canada, except Quebec
    • Commonwealth Caribbean, including Belize
    • Ireland
    • Liberia
    • New Zealand
    • United Kingdom
    • United States, except Puerto Rico
    Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents but who have been educated outside the countries listed above are also required to submit such evidence. Applicants who have recently completed three years of full-time study at a secondary institution in the United States OR two years of full-time academic study (64 semester hours) at a post-secondary institution in the United States may be exempted from this requirement, after supporting academic records have been received by the Admissions Office.

    Evidence of English language proficiency may be provided by submitting results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), OR the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).
  • Financial Information Worksheet
    All applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States must complete the Financial Information Worksheet for International Students. The worksheet must be accompanied by a current bank statement from the sponsor's financial institution. Access the Financial Information Worksheet form.

Thank you for reviewing the undergraduate applicant requirements tip sheet. Please submit your application.

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