Welcome KSU Graduate Students

The Graduate College supports you from your first semester through your academic and professional journey until graduation. By choosing to attend Kennesaw State University, an R2 institution, you gain access to numerous opportunities to learn from our experienced faculty members, engage in industry-leading research in your field, and become the career leader you aspire to be.


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Graduate Student Success Centers

Graduate students on both campuses have designated spaces that cater to their diverse needs and offer a serene environment for studying, group projects, brainstorming sessions, and workshops. A current Talon Card is required for entry to the Student Success Center on Kennesaw campus.

Kennesaw: Academic Learning Center, ALC3550

Marietta: Norton Hall, second floor, in front of the elevators

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KSU Library

Mastering your graduate research process is a crucial part of your academic success. As a graduate student, you have unique resources available to make your research exciting and simplified. The KSU Library System gives graduate students special borrowing privileges, one-on-one research consultations, in-depth research guides, and more on both the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses. 

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Career Services

The Department of Career Planning and Development at Kennesaw State helps you navigate and succeed in your current and future career field. As a graduate student, you have access to essential services, workshops and programs, tools and resources that will help guide your professional decisions through graduation.  

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Office of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships

The ONISF helps KSU students and alumni pursue major national and international awards by providing information and support throughout the competitive application process.

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The Boren Fellowship

The Boren Fellowship is a competitive award designed to fund graduate students’ study and/or research abroad for a duration of 3 to 12 months in various countries. Recipients of the Boren Fellowship are required to pursue a course of study or research project that includes a substantial component of language study. The objective of the award is to train Americans in languages that are not commonly spoken in the United States. Following the fellowship, Boren Fellows commit to spending a year working within a U.S. government agency, thereby offering an excellent start to their careers.

To apply, please contact the KSU Office of National & International Scholarships & Fellowships (ONISF) as soon as possible at onisf@kennesaw.edu.

The internal deadline for applications is January 12—applicants must begin work on their materials immediately!

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Commencement and Graduation

As you approach graduation with your graduate degree, stay informed of all the KSU commencement processes, important dates and times, and relevant graduation information. Find out when you should petition to graduate, RSVP to march in commencement, purchase your cap and gown, and so much more.

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Doctoral Students - Preparing to Walk

Here is some important information to prepare for graduation, and, if you choose, for participating in commencement in Fall 2024.

1. Check DegreeWorks. Make sure that all requirements, including all dissertation forms, have been approved – with the exception of the oral defense form. All forms must be approved (as reflected in DegreeWorks) before you are eligible to graduate AND eligible to walk in Commencement.

2. Confirm with your advisor that you are ready to defend your dissertation before the end of the semester.

3. Here is the timeline for permission to walk in Commencement: 

  • November 12, 2024 ­- In order to ensure that you can participate, receive guest tickets, and have your name in the commencement book. 

  • November 19, 2024 - In order to ensure that you can participate and have your name in the commencement book. 

  • November 26, 2024 - In order to ensure that you can participate. 
    For more information, please contact: dissertationforms@kennesaw.edu