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Graduate Admissions

The general regulations of the university are followed along with the additional requirements listed below. 

A background of undergraduate courses consisting of one year each in analytical chemistry or biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus and physics is expected.  A student not having all of the above courses may be accepted for graduate study if ability is shown in other courses. Deficiencies in undergraduate courses can be made up during the first year of graduate study, but no graduate credit will be earned from these courses.  Admission of a student to the doctoral program normally requires at least a 3.0 grade point average and a 3.25 grade point average in any prior graduate coursework (if applicable).  Applicants with grade point averages less than 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission if justified by other aspects of the application such as strong letters of recommendation and high GRE scores.

GRE Scores

It is required that all applicants have the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) sent directly to the University. The general GRE exam is required and a minimum quantitative score of 600 (45th percentile or higher on the revised GRE) is expected. Although the subject GRE is not required, candidates are encouraged to provide a subject GRE score to strengthen their file. Information about the GRE can be obtained by visiting their website ( Our GRE University code is 1367; the departmental code is 0301.

TOEFL/IELTS Scores (International Applicants)

TOEFL scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English. These scores should be sent directly through ETS. Our TOEFL University code is 1367; the departmental code is 62. Kent State University has the following TOEFL requirements: 71 on the IBT and 525 on the PBT.

IELTS scores may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL.  The minimum IELTS requirement is a score of 6.0.

Additional Requirements

We also require three letters of recommendation and a CV/resume, as well as original academic transcripts and a statement of purpose. There is no actual form for the statement of purpose or the letters of recommendation. Please make sure that the statement of purpose includes your area of interest. Students may do their research in the following fields:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

Additionally, many faculty have research interests in intra-divisional areas of separations, surface science or liquid crystals. Further information on our faculty members and their research can be found on the "Faculty Research" page of the website. Online applications are now available:  It should be noted that neither the University nor the Department is able to waive the application fee. The fee must be paid before a decision can be made on your admission. In addition, we cannot review your application until you have provided all of the requested information.  Applicants should send all materials to:

Domestic Applicants
Research & Graduate Studies
Office of Graduate Services
116 Cartwright Hall
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
International Applicants
Office of Global Education
Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Road
Kent, OH 44242

When your application is complete, the departmental Graduate Committee will review it and you will be informed of their decision as soon as possible.

The Teaching Assistantship for first year doctoral students carries a stipend of $21,500 ($19,500 for masters students) for 12 months and full payment of tuition is also provided. Such an appointment is assured for a total of 4 1/2 years for doctoral students (2 1/2 years for masters students) if the student's academic performances are in good standing.

Students are expected to commit themselves to remain in our program until the completion of their degree.

To ensure full consideration, candidates for admission for the upcoming fall semester should ensure that all their application material is received by the University no later than January 10th. However, applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. In the case that late applications cannot be considered for fall admission, they will be automatically considered for admission the following spring semester.A limited number of positions are available for spring admission. Candidates should ensure that their application package is complete no later than September 1st.

Further information can be found on the Admissions FAQ page.

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