The Master of Digital Sciences degree is a professional master’s degree for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds. A Bachelor's degree in Digital Sciences is not required for admission, and students may enter in any semester.The Master of Digital Sciences program is designed to augment a student's skill set, opening the door to new career opportunities for students from diverse undergraduate backgrounds. Introductory courses expose students to graduate topics outside their undergraduate field, and six concentrations allow them to study one area in more depth. Electives provide an opportunity for customization, and the degree culminates with either an individual capstone project or a formal thesis
Due to the School's interdisciplinary nature, students have a unique opportunity to gain a graduate-level introduction to three or more areas aligned with digital sciences. A computer science course covers basic Python and C++ programming, while a technology course covers network management and design. An education course gives an overview of instructional design, and a business course examines globalization and technology strategy. Digital Sciences courses provide an overview of the newly emerging areas of enterprise architecture and data science.
Six concentrations provide an opportunity for deeper study in one of these areas. Students may continue to study in their undergraduate field or may choose to study in a complementary area. For working professionals, using this concentration to acquire a new skill set or update existing skills may open new career opportunities.
COMBINED BACHELOR'S AND MASTER'S PROGRAM:
Students who are currently in a Bachelor's program at Kent State University and have a very good undergraduate record may want to consider the Combined Bachelor's and Master's program. This program allows an undergraduate student to apply for early admission to the Master of Digital Sciences degree and double-count up to 12 hours of graduate coursework toward both degrees, saving up to an entire semester of tuition and time.
Applicants for the Master of Digital Sciences degree are expected to have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale. Applicants with a lower GPA will be considered for conditional admission. The GRE is not required but if taken will be considered in the admission process.
Applicants must submit official transcript(s), current resume, three letters of recommendation, a statement of goals and objectives for pursuing this degree, and (optionally) a statement of plans for electives.
The (required) statement of goals and objectives should explain the applicant's goals and objectives for pursuing this advanced degree. For example, the applicant may want to better prepare for a particular career, to update knowledge in a specific area or to add expertise that will make the applicant more valuable in a current career.
The (optional) statement of plans for electives should explain how the applicant plans to choose the digital sciences related electives to complement the selected concentration and undergraduate major. The applicant should explain how the electives will help to meet the goals and objectives listed in the previous question.
Please refer to the University policy for graduate admissions.
International applicants must submit evidence of proficiency in the English language, usually through the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS. Conditional admission will not be given for low English proficiency scores.
Students on an F-1 visa, or with a scholarship from their government, may also be subject to restrictions on the number of online courses they can take, either on a semester basis or in total. If this is the case, please note that the required courses for the Data Science, Enterprise Architecture, and Digital Systems Training Technology concentrations are generally delivered in an online format, so those concentrations may be less suitable for international students under these constraints who want to pursue the degree on the Kent State campus.
However, the required courses for the Digital Systems Management, Digital Systems Software Development, and Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks concentrations are generally delivered in an in-classroom format, so those concentrations are well-suited for international students who want to pursue the degree on the Kent State campus.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE DIGITAL SCIENCES GRADUATE PROGRAM?
We process applications on a continuous basis, and have no formal application deadlines, but some classes fill up early. To maximize your chance of securing a seat in your preferred classes, we highly recommend that you submit all of your application materials by at least:
- April 15 (for summer admission)
- June 15 (for fall admission)
- November 15 (for spring admission)
Click on the "Apply Now" link above, and on the next web page, click on "Submit an Application". Unless you have applied to Kent State University before, you will be a First Time User, so you should select "Begin New Application". Then apply for admission as a "Graduate Student", selecting the "School of Digital Sciences" as the academic unit, and the "Masters" degree as the degree type.
After specifying the degree type, you will be asked to input your application term, email address, name, address, etc. The email address is required for the online application system, and it becomes your Login ID for future use if you want to check on the status of your application.
As part of the application process, you will need to enter a statement of your goals and objectives, a statement of your plans for electives within the degree, and the names and contact information for three references. If you prefer, you can also submit the two statements by email.
If you are admitted to the program, you will receive an admission letter by email. That admission letter will contain your FlashLine login and password, which will allow you to access our university portal, FlashLine. This web site includes important information about class registration, housing, etc.
To register for classes using FlashLine, click on the "Student Tools & Courses" tab. Under "Registration & Class Tools", the FlashFAST section contains links to view course descriptions, look up and register for classes, add or drop classes, and see your student schedule.