Keep rising with an advanced degree: UA Graduate School waives application fee April 6-10


As part of The University of Akron’s sesquicentennial celebration — honoring 150 years of our people, place and promises — we are hosting a “Celebration of Academic Excellence” to highlight the history and future of our many academic disciplines.

During National Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week April 6-10, 2020, UA’s Graduate School is waiving its $45-domestic and $70-international application fees to enable students and professionals to earn one or more of its more than 100 graduate degrees and tracks.

“As part of our celebration of graduate education on the UA campus, we will be waiving the application fee for all applicants during this week,” said Dr. Marnie Saunders, acting dean of UA’s Graduate School and associate professor of biomedical engineering. “We want to encourage individuals to consider the career benefits of a graduate degree or certificate. These benefits can include faster career advancement, specialized knowledge, competitive advantage and increased wages.”

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As a public urban research institution, UA’s Graduate School offers strong advanced degrees and tracks that span the fields of health care, science, business, education, liberal arts and various professional fields. Its impressive faculty is dedicated to graduate education and relevant curriculum in state-of-the-art facilities, catering to the needs of the Akron community and industry – and beyond.

UA’s graduate programs have a strong and recognized reputation in research education and training that includes graduate degrees in polymers, engineering, chemistry, biology and psychology. Faculty in these programs boast an impressive array of patents, government grants, industry funding and publications, which advance their respective fields.

Also offered are graduate programs in the social sciences and liberal arts. Among the social science offerings, the Master of Applied Politics is one of only five applied politics master’s degrees in the U.S. and the only one in the Midwest. The program works in conjunction with UA’s prestigious Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Among the music and art offerings, the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree is part of a four-university consortium, and the only consortium of its kind in the nation.

Advanced degrees that span the health care fields, education and business are also offered. Health care fields include sport science and wellness education, counseling, nursing, social work and audiology, with a mental health clinic and an Audiology and Speech Center on the UA campus. Education leadership offerings provide a pathway to an Ohio principalship license and our business programs boast national rankings and prestigious dual accreditation. The College of Business Administration’s Master of Business Administration was named a global “Tier One” program by CEO Magazine in 2019 and one of the best on-campus MBA programs by The Princeton Review in 2020.

Applicants can apply to the Graduate School online. Questions can be addressed by contacting the Graduate School at 330-972-7663 or

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