Graduate ApplicationAll graduate applications begin here.
Please complete your application by following these steps:
- Create a new account
- Complete the application
- Submit required support documents
- Pay the application fee
Start my application
Information You Will Need to Apply:
- Check List
- Your name exactly as it appears on official documents, e.g., transcripts, GRE reports, passports
- Your email, correspondence (postal or mailing) and current (physical) address
- The name of the graduate program to which you'd like to submit an application (see listing of graduate programs)
- The semester you intend to begin your graduate studies
- Your academic history: name(s) and attendance dates (month/year) of all universities and colleges attended and the degrees you have been or will be awarded
- Electronic file(s) for bachelor’s degree(s) conferred or pending and for any graduate
or professional coursework or degrees for upload
- Some programs will require:
- official transcripts for all college-level courses and degrees
- letters of recommendation (need current email address for your references)
- standardized test scores, such as the GRE or GMAT (Due to COVID-19, some graduate programs are temporarily waiving test score requirements. Please check with your program.)
- additional materials such as statements of purpose or goals, writing samples or a vita
- For applicants whose native language is not English, you may be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE test scores (see if you are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score)
- Credit card information for application payment
You may save your application at any stage and return to complete it at a later time.
All applicants, including OSU students, must upload a copy of their transcript for bachelor’s degree(s) conferred or pending and for any graduate or professional coursework or degrees. Submitting your application without transcripts will delay review of your application. If you do not have a copy of your transcript(s), please obtain and upload these prior to finalizing your application. Please do not email or send copies of your transcripts to the Graduate College.
Each program determines their own admission requirements, and some include the submission of a test score such as GRE, GMAT, or MAT as part of those requirements. Prospective students should contact their progam of interest if they have a question about if an admissions test is required prior to investing in the cost of the test.
If the GRE is required by the program you are applying to, OSU's GRE institution code is 6546. No department code is required. All GRE scores are received electronically and shared with any program to which you apply.
Letters of Recommendation
The graduate program you are applying to may require two to four letters of recommendation. You should contact references prior to beginning your application and obtain their current and preferred email address. Correct entry of email addresses for your references is required for completing and submitting your application
The application fee information is listed below:
$50 for US citizens or permanent resident
$75 for international applicants
$25 for US citizens or permanent resident card holders (non-degree seeking applications)
Once submitted, the application fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable
Payment is made in the application system using an electronic check or credit/debit card. Checks or money orders mailed to our office are not acceptable.
To facilitate timely review of your application and ensure your application receives full consideration, please submit your complete application at least 30 days prior (for domestic) or at least 90 days prior (for international) prior to the program’s deadline to allow sufficient time for your letter of recommendation writers to submit their letters on your behalf. Applicants who submit their application without all required materials should be aware their application cannot be reviewed until it is complete.
First check you programs website to see if your program has an application deadline. If your program does not have a deadline or preferred date listed, then your application must be complete with transcripts, other required materials and letters of recommendation present by February 1st for full consideration for a fall semester admission, July 1st for spring semester admission or January 1st for summer session admission. However, in some special cases programs will make exceptions to these deadlines.
The most complete and up-to-date status of your submitted application can be viewed by logging into your account (click here) and viewing the checklist on your dashboard. Use this portal to check your application status (phone calls and emails to the Graduate College to check the status of your application will delay our processing of applications).
Evidence of English proficiency and a Financial Guarantee (Confirmation of Financial Resources) is required for applicants expecting to be F1 or J1 visa holders prior to our being able to send an I-20 or DS-2019 to applicants offered admission.
English Proficiency for Admission
Applicants who have or will have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university where English is the primary teaching language, and which is located in a country where English is a primary language, are not required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson test (PTE) score.
Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English usually by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score. A TOEFL score of 79 (internet based test) 550 (paper based test) is required. The TOEFL institution code for OSU is 6546. Alternatively, an official IELTS or PTE can be accepted. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a PTE score of 53 will satisfy the English proficiency requirements for admission to a graduate program. Exams must have been taken within the last two years. Some departments require a score above the minimum 79/550 on the TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS or 53 on the PTE.
Different test scores are required to demonstrate English proficiency for employment as at graduate teaching assistant.
Applicants who do not have a qualifying test score for full admission may be eligible for conditional admission and be able to attend the OSU English Language Institute (ELI) prior to starting their graduate program.
Your application can be reviewed without uploading a Financial Guarantee. However, if you are offered admission, then not uploading a financial guarantee to your application for submission with your application will delay issuance of an I-20 or DS-2019. To upload your Financial Guarantee with your application, complete the Financial Guarantee form along with obtaining the necessary other required documents listed on the form, save these as pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt documents, and upload the form and required documents to your dashboard.