Kent State University


What They’re Known For

Kent State University began as a teacher-training college in 1919 and has since expanded as both a nationally-recognized research university and a global force in economic, cultural, and professional development. With 8 campuses and a network of nearly 200,000 alumni, Kent State is committed to making positive changes on a large scale. The university prepares students for future opportunities via diverse program offerings that include distance and online learning.

Unique Opportunities

Kent State University offers accessible alternatives to campus-based graduate programs including these: Campus image of Kent State University

  • Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations online: Are you ready to learn how to demonstrate your strategic leadership in today’s evolving business and communications landscape? Each course in our public relations degree focuses on the challenges and definitive skills sought after in the modern world of public relations, including how to apply effective PR strategies that support enterprise goals and how to influence ethical decisions within the organization. Our industry-experienced faculty members are personally invested in the leading role that PR plays in today’s business environment.
    • From a recent graduate outcomes survey, more than 90% of graduates agree that overall the program has increased their career options, expanded their knowledge of the industry and helped them develop a strategic communication perspective. 
  • Master of Music in music education online: Are you pursuing professional goals in the field of Music Education? Learn how to weave greater flexibility into your curriculum design, measure progress through assessments, bring in more vernacular music experiences and leverage new technologies in your instruction.

Why We Love Kent State

  • The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
  • Kent State University celebrates diversity, encourages innovation, and empowers students to make a positive impact.
  • Web-based courses, Blackboard video conferencing, and other technologies make online learning both engaging and effective.
  • Distance learners benefit from online academic advising and 24/7 technical support.

Student Reviews

“I appreciated learning about the many theories that I was exposed to in the program. The instructors are definitely top-notch and really care that you understand the concepts they are passing on.”

Vince Piscopo | 2014 Graduate | Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations online


“While theory was involved, the program was surprisingly practical. Many of the projects forced me to solve real PR challenges in my own community. In the end, I have practical examples that demonstrate what I am able to do.”

Joel Hall | 2014 Graduate | Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations online


“My master’s degree from KSU has given me new perspectives in my career and everyday teaching. I feel that I have gained relevant and current knowledge that I can apply to my teaching."

Jennifer Reeder | 2015 Graduate | Master of Music in music education