Joint Program of 3+2 Master Degree between SMU with Kent State University

I. Profile of the University

Kent State University (also known as Kent, Kent State, and KSU) is a public research university in Kent, Ohio, United States. In addition to the main campus in Kent, which is the largest and oldest campus and serves as the administrative center, Kent State operates seven regional campuses in Northeast Ohio and additional facilities in the region and internationally. Regional campuses are located in Ashtabula, Burton, East Liverpool, Jackson Township, New Philadelphia, Salem, and Warren, Ohio, with additional facilities in Cleveland, Independence, and Twinsburg, Ohio, New York City, and Florence, Italy.

As of September 2015, Kent State is one of the largest universities in Ohio with an enrollment of 41,005 students in the eight-campus system and 30,067 students at the main campus in Kent. It is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the top 77 public research universities in the US and one of the top 76 in community engagement. In 2010, Kent State was ranked as one of the top 200 universities in the world by Times Higher Education. Kent State offers over 300 degree programs, among them 250 baccalaureate, 40 associate's, 50 master's, and 23 doctoral programs of study,[8] which include such notable programs as nursing, business, history, library science, aeronautics, journalism, fashion design and the Liquid Crystal Institute.

II. Overview of Program

Students applying for this program shall complete 3 yearsstudy in Foreign College of Shanghai Maritime University, who would then go to study in Kent State University for the fourth year. The students will complete the one-year pre-master courses at Kent State University and finish the defense of thesis in SMU. After attaining Bachelor Degree of SMU, students further the second year study at Kent and complete the required courses and obtain Master Degree of Kent State University. The program makes sure that credits in both universities are valid with mutual recognition, thus students in line with conditions of credits and academic award will be awarded separately academic awards of Shanghai Maritime University and Kent State University.

III. Charges (Year 2015)

1.Intuition$15,066/ academic year

2.Living Expenses $13,000/ academic year

VI. Application Conditions

·         TOEFL iBT100 or ITP600 or IELTS 7.0

·         GRE(composite score at least 300)

·         Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)

·         Official transcripts

·         Statement of purpose (goal statement)

·         3 letters of recommendation(at least one from a current or former professor)

·         $70 application fee

V. Majors Available

·         Journalism /MA/ Master of Arts in Journalism

·         Communication Studies /MA/ Master of Arts in Communication Studies 


VI. Contacts

ContactsLi Fang

Office: Room 514 of CFL

Telephone: 021-3828-2769