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ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION

CAN I HAVE PRINTED MATERIALS MAILED TO ME?

The most up to date information program and application information may be found at our website. However programs often have information they can send. Contact information may be found at our website.




ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION

CAN I USE AN EMPLOYER TO WRITE A RECOMMENDATION LETTER FOR ME?

You should contact your prospective graduate program to determine suitable recommenders for your admissions application.




ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION

HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT JOB OPENINGS FOR ON-CAMPUS OR OFF-CAMPUS POSITIONS?

To find out about available job openings, please visit: www.sfa.osu.edu/jobs.





ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION

HOW DO I USE THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL REFERENCE FORM?

IF USING THE PAPER REFERENCE FORM

You should complete the front side of The Ohio State University Graduate School Reference Form (http://admissions.osu.edu/apps/pdfs/refer.pdf). Recommenders complete the back of the form, and attach it to their recommendation letter. These forms are not used with electronically submitted letters. Additionally, some programs have their own specific paper reference forms.

It is very important to provide direct contact information of references so the graduate program is able to contact them via phone, mail, email, or fax, to ask questions. The completed reference forms and letters should be sent directly to your intended graduate program by your recommenders.

IF USING ONLINE REFERENCES

Please list the names and addresses of persons you are asking to complete letters of recommendation on page 6 of the online application. Some Graduate Programs require paper recommendation letters and have specific forms for this purpose. Check your graduate program website, gradadpply.osu.edu/gri.asp, before electing to use electronic references. To use electronic references, answer "Yes" to the question, "Use Online Reference form?" You must list valid email addresses for your recommenders.

Please confirm in advance your references have agreed to submit the reference letter electronically. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their reference letters have been submitted by the deadline. If you use the online process, instructions will be emailed to your references when you submit your application. Electronic references do not require a paper recommendation form.

Public Law 93-380, Educational Amendments Act of 1974, grants students the right to have access to letters of recommendation in their placement files. If, however, you elect to waive access to your letters of reference, select the "Waive Access" checkbox




ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION

I AM CONSIDERING POST-DOCTORAL WORK; WHO DO I NEED TO CONTACT?

1. You will want to contact a professor in a department offering your area of research interest. Discuss with them whether any research opportunities are available for you within their department.

2. Additionally, you will need to contact the Office of International Affairs:International Students & Scholars(OIA-ISS), for assistance in obtaining a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. OIA-ISS can be contacted via e-mail at iss@osu.edu




ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION

I FORGOT MY OSU USERNAME OR PASSWORD.

You can request assistance or access the information needed at the following websites:


1) http://my.osu.edu: *Go to : “Forgot UserName” or "Forgot Password" Link on this page

- or -

2) Contact 614-688-4357 (8-Help) http://ocio.osu.edu/help/ - to request assistance


If you have additional questions, please contact our office at: gradadmissions@osu.edu. We will be happy to provide assistance.




ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION

I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY TO THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, BUT I HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING MY VISA STATUS IN THE UNITED STATES.

If you are an international applicant who has an immigration-related question, please contact the Office of International Affairs(OIA): International Students and Scholars ISS). Their contact information is: Office of International Affairs:International Students and Scholars, Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1219 USA, telephone number 614-292-6101, fax number 614-292-4725, e-mail: iss@osu.edu; or, website: http://oia.osu.edu/. In addition, ISS advisors are happy to discuss the services they provide to over 7,600 international students and scholars at The Ohio State University.




ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION

MAY I WRITE TO THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH?

The Ohio State University's Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions does not respond to correspondence written in a language other than English.




ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION

WHAT KIND OF BANK STATEMENTS SHOULD I SEND IN ORDER TO GET A STUDENT VISA DOCUMENT?

Applicants for a student visa must present proof to their University and the U.S. Consulate /Embassy that they have enough funds on deposit to pay for one year of tuition and living expenses. Please refer to the budget sent to you for current tuition figures. When international students are recommended for admission to The Ohio State University, an email is sent inviting them to provide bank statements and an affidavit form (http://admissions.osu.edu/apps/pdfs/ig-affad.pdf)

An Ohio State University Graduate Fellowship or Associateship award can serve as complete or partial funding. Sometimes Fellowships and Associateships are not sufficient to pay all estimated expenses, particularly when bringing dependents. If you know you are receiving funding, contact Admissions to confirm we have knowledge of your award.

Acceptable Bank/Financial Statements:

- Must document at least our total estimated annual expenses. (See International Graduate Student Budget emailed from our office)
- Must be in English, including the account holder’s name. Handwritten translations are not accepted.
- Must specify the currency type clearly
- Must be from an official of the bank.
- Must be on bank stationery.
- Must be dated no earlier than 12 months before the date you begin your studies.
- The total amount on collective statements must be enough to cover expenses for the first year of study.
- The account holder’s name must match the sponsor’s name on the Affidavit of Support.

Unacceptable Financial Statements:

- Insurance Policies (unless loan or cash value is stated)
- Certified Chartered Accountant Statements
- Real Estate
- Jewelry
- Charge Accounts
-Web financial documents (unless printed on bank letterhead, signed by bank official)
- A completed Ohio State Affidavit of Support form is also needed for admission.




ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION

WHAT SERVICES ARE OFFERED TO DISABLED STUDENTS AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

Applicants with any permanent or temporary disability who may require special assistance, are urged to contact the Office for Disability Services at: 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1297, telephone: (614) 292-3307 (http://www.ods.ohio-state.edu). This office coordinates academic support services and accommodations for individuals who have special needs as a result of a permanent or temporary disability.

Individuals eligible for services include, but are not limited to, those individuals with: attention deficit disorder, mobility, hearing, visual, speech, psychiatric, or learning disabilities. If you would like more information about these support services and accommodations, please contact the Office for Disability Services at http://www.ods.ohio-state.edu. Your self referral is required to communicate your interest and need of these services.




ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION

WHERE SHOULD I SEND MY REFERENCES AND STATEMENT OF PURPOSE? MAY I SEND EVERYTHING TO THE OFFICE OF GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL ADMISSIONS?

References and the statement of purpose are reviewed by your prospective graduate program. If sending these items via regular mail, send them directly to the graduate program office. Address information may be found at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp. Letters of reference, CV, and the statement of purpose may be submitted electronically via our online application.




ADMISSIONS PROCESS

DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER WHEN I APPLY?

Domestic applicants: A US Social Security number is required if you want to be considered for governmental aid from the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). Otherwise, submission of a U.S. Social Security number is optional.

If you opt not to include your social security number on your admissions application and still wish to receive US Federal and State financial aid, please contact our office so we can determine a safe way for you to transmit that information. Never send us your social security number, or name and date of birth via email.




ADMISSIONS PROCESS

HOW DO I ACTIVATE MY OHIO STATE EMAIL ACCOUNT?

Visit http://my.osu.edu to activate your Ohio State Username; i.e., lastname.#




ADMISSIONS PROCESS

HOW DO I APPLY FOR MULTIPLE GRADUATE PROGRAMS?

Some graduate programs use a centralized application service. Check, http://gradapply.osu.edu, to know if your program uses one of these services. Once in your account, you can update information as needed, and select additional graduate program(s).

Applying to multiple programs (3 maximum) requires the following:

I. For Graduate Program offices: Each program requires a separate on-line application and fee, plus general and department specific admission documents such as:

A. A revised Statement of Intent, CV, and other materials attached to the online application.

B. You must submit new requests to your references via the online application because previously submitted references cannot be viewed by your new program.

C. Check individual program websites for any additional department specific requirements: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp


II. For the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office: a separate on-line application and fee is required for each program, but only one set of transcripts is needed.




ADMISSIONS PROCESS

HOW DO I CALCULATE MY GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)?

To calculate your cumulative GPA from a 4.0
grading scale, multiply the Number value for
letter grades x Hours (see below) = Quality
Points. When you get a total of all quality points
and hours, divide the total quality points by the
total hours. Note: If you have both quarter hours
and semester hours, you will need to first convert
all hours to either semester or quarter hours. To
convert semester hours to quarter hours, multiply
total semester hours by 1.5 to get the equivalent
quarter hours. Or to change quarter hours to
semester, divide quarter hours by 1.5 to find the
equivalent semester hours; e.g., 45 quarter hours
= 30 semester hours
Example Calculation:
Number values for letter grades on a 4.0 scale
A=4.0 B+=3.3 B-=2.7 C=2.0 D+=1.3
A-=3.7 B=3.0 C+=2.3 C-=1.7 D=1.0

Calculation example:
(A) 4.0 x 3 hrs. = 12.0 quality points
(A-) 3.7 x 2 hrs. = 7.4 quality points
(B+) 3.3 x 4 hrs. = 13.2 quality points
Total 9 hrs. = 32.6 quality points

32.6 quality points divide 9 hrs. = 3.62 GPA




ADMISSIONS PROCESS

I AM A POST-DOC AT OHIO STATE; HOW DO I ENROLL IN GRADUATE COURSES?

1. To enroll in graduate level courses, you will need to apply to the graduate non-degree program. The graduate non-degree application is online at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/nondegree.html

2. To apply for the graduate non-degree program, applicants must have completed the equivalent of at least a 4 year U.S. Bachelor’s Degree. You must attach copies of your Bachelor's degree granting official transcript or diploma to the online application.

3. If you are an international applicant and will need an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States, your ability to be admitted graduate non-degree at Ohio State is restricted. Eligibility is extended to those who are enrolled in a graduate program in another U.S. university who wish to study for one
term as a transient student and transfer the credit back to their home institution, and to those enrolled in established exchange programs or special university-sponsored workshops. Please note: Prospective international students should contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions to confirm eligibility. If you will need a student visa, your application and all supporting documents will be reviewed by the Dean of the Graduate
School. The Graduate School must approve the application before the University will offer graduate non-degree admission.

4. If you are an international student, recent immigrant, refugee, or asylee, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree outside of the United States, you are required to demonstrate English Proficiency unless you qualify for a waiver. Please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions regarding this requirement. If required, applicants may take an institutional MELAB test to prove English Proficiency through our American Language Program (ALP). Please contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions to arrange a time to take the MELAB test. 614-292-9444, gradadmissions@osu.edu. Applicants must have a referral from Admissions in order to take the test.

5. International graduate non-degree applications are subject to a graduate school review. If applicable, note in your application that you are doing research work for The Ohio State University. Proof of the equivalent to at least a 4 year U.S. Bachelor's degree, and English proficiency requirement must still be provided.




ADMISSIONS PROCESS

WHAT ARE THE STEPS OF THE ADMISSION PROCESS?

An applicant should apply online at http://gradapply.osu.edu. You will receive an email immediately acknowledging the receipt of your application. If you are a new applicant with no prior or current affiliation with The Ohio State University, you receive a second email 24-48 hours later from the Office of the Chief Information Officer that assigns an Ohio State ID Number, and username(lastname.#). Applicants with prior affiliation to Ohio State do not receive this email because they already have an ID and username. When the ID and username are not active, they can be activated at: http://my.osu.edu. A third email is sent that instructs applicants to check the status of their application online at http://appstatus.osu.edu.

Most applicants scan and send their transcripts to the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions via the online application. Their graduate program can also access these uploaded transcripts. To submit transcripts, please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

Send only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office.

Reference letters, and statement of purpose, along with any other required materials such as a portfolio, or departmental applications, are sent to the program office. Reference letters, CVs, Statements of purpose can also be sent to the program via the online application. Please refer to http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp for more graduate program information regarding where to send application materials. Applicants should check their status periodically to confirm materials have been received.

Once the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions and graduate program have received all required materials, the Graduate Studies Committee of your program will review your application and make an admissions decision.

The Graduate & Professional Admissions Office will prepare and send either a Notice of Admission or non-selection letter.

If admitted, international students receive an email informing them of their academic admission, and requesting proof of financial support required for a student visa. The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reviews all Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships, and financial statements, before issuing international students a Notice of Admission and visa document.

The entire application process may take several months. Applicants are urged to apply in fall for admission the following Fall Semester. Most Admission decisions are made between January and April.




APPLICATION FEE

CAN A FRIEND IN THE UNITED STATES PAY MY APPLICATION FEE?

Yes, a third party can pay your application fee. You must give a friend access to your online application where they can pay using Visa, Discover, American Express, MasterCard, or electronic check if they have a U.S. bank account.




APPLICATION FEE

CAN MY APPLICATION FEE BE WAIVED?

No. University policy states payment of the application fee cannot be waived or postponed. Your application materials will not be received, nor processed without the online payment of the application fee.

Participants in the following programs may be eligible for a fee waiver: CIC Free Apps, McNair Scholars Program, National Name Exchange, STARS, Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) or the Graduate & Professional Student Visitation Day (GPSVD), Teach for America (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only),City Year (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only), City Year (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only), Americorps (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only), ABRCMS/SACNAS (IBGP-PHD applicants only), USAID or DIKTI, PGD Program.

These guidelines provide information about eligibility and documents that you must submit to prove financial need. http://admissions.osu.edu/apps/pdfs/pfwf.pdf If you have already been awarded a fee waiver from the application service or from the required admission testing service (DAT, GRE, OAT, PCAT, MCAT), the Professional the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office will automatically waive the application fee.




APPLICATION FEE

HOW CAN I PAY THE APPLICATION FEE?

Payment of your application fee must be made on-line in order for your application to be submitted. When you have completed the application and are ready to send it, click "Submit" at the bottom of the last page. This saves your data in its final form and takes you to the payment page where you pay your application fee online. Your application is not sent to The Ohio State University until you pay your application fee and it is authorized.

On the payment page, you can pay your application fee by debit/credit card or electronic check (US bank accounts only). If you are paying by debit or credit card, provide all information including the complete credit card number, expiration date, and card billing information. For payments to be processed, please carefully verify the billing address entered is exactly as it appears on your credit card statement, then click "Submit". Payment by electronic check is available online to those with U.S. bank accounts only. Do not send a paper check or credit card information by mail when applying online.




APPLICATION FEE

HOW MUCH IS THE APPLICATION FEE?

With the exception of some Fisher College of Business programs, the Graduate School application fee is US$60 for US citizens, permanent residents or asylees, and US$70 for International students. The fee is paid by credit card or e-check at the time an applicant submits the online application. Payment should not be sent separately to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.




ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

HOW CAN I APPLY ON-LINE TO YOUR INTENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING PROGRAM?

Our on-campus intensive English-as-a-second language program is called the American Language Program (ALP). Answers to most of your questions can be found on their website. http://esl.ehe.osu.edu/programs/alp To apply, visit their website.




ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

IF I ENROLL IN THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM, AM I GUARANTEED ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY?

No. Please be aware that admission to or enrollment in the American Language Program (ALP) does not guarantee admission to a graduate program at The Ohio State University. You will not be able to register for courses outside the ALP curriculum during your enrollment in ALP. If you have any questions, please contact:

American Language Program
The Ohio State University
196 Arps Hall
1945 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Phone: 614-292-1364
Fax: 614-292-4054
e-mail: alp@osu.edu




FINANCIAL AID

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR US FEDERAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID?

US Federal Financial Aid is restricted to the following groups:
U.S. citizens
U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island)
U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C (Permanent Resident Card)
Citizen of the Freely Associated States: the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands
Have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) showing one of the following designations:
“Refugee”
“Asylum Granted”
“Cuban-Haitian Entrant”
“Conditional Entrant” (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
Victims of human trafficking, T-visa (T-2, T-3, or T-4, etc.) holder “Parolee”

Please direct your financial aid inquiries to the Student Service Center (SSC) at The Ohio State University. Contact information for the SSC is:

Student Services Center
http://ssc.osu.edu/

Student Academic Services Building, 1st Floor, 281 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 292-0300 | Toll-free: (800) 678-6440 | E-mail: ssc@osu.edu


SSC Hours:
Phones and Walk-ins:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday





FINANCIAL AID

HOW CAN I BE CONSIDERED FOR FINANCIAL AID?

Several graduate programs have applications for Associateships, but generally speaking there is no separate application form to complete. For graduate applicants, most financial aid is available in the form of University Fellowships and graduate associateships. To apply for Fellowships and associateships, check the appropriate box(es) on the admission application. You may also want to contact your graduate program to express your interest in financial support. Contact information may be found at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp However, please be aware that only a limited number of awards are available; therefore, not all those who apply for Fellowships or associateships receive them.




FINANCIAL AID

HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN ASSOCIATESHIP?

Some graduate programs have a separate application
for associateships. Please contact your intended
graduate program to determine if this is required.
Program contact information can be found at:
http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp .

To indicate interest in funding consideration it
is usually sufficient to check the boxes on the
graduate school application under, "Funding
Opportunities." Your selections will be: Graduate
School Fellowship, Administrative Associateship,
Research Associateship, and Teaching
Associateship. Most applicants are automatically
considered for Fellowships if they qualify.




FINANCIAL AID

I HAVE AN H VISA. AM I ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID?

No. H-visa holders are not eligible for federal financial aid from the U.S. government. Since the H-1 visa holder pays taxes in the State of Ohio, they may be eligible for in-state tuition. See the Office of the Registrar's website for information on Ohio residency criteria at: http://registrar.osu.edu. For information on how to change your visa type, contact the International Students and Scholars Office. http://oia.osu.edu/international-students.html




FINANCIAL AID

WHAT ARE YOUR CRITERIA FOR A UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP?

For information on University Fellowships, please visit the Graduate School's website at: http://www.gradsch.osu.edu/




FINANCIAL AID

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR FELLOWSHIP CONSIDERATION?

The final deadline for the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions to receive an application and supporting documents for Fellowship consideration is December 13th for domestic applicants and November 30 for international applicants. Please note these are the Graduate School's deadlines, some graduate programs have established earlier deadlines. Applicants should contact their prospective program directly to confirm their Fellowship deadline. Please be aware Fellowships are very competitive and only a limited number of awards are available. Consequently, not all applicants who apply for Fellowships or associateships receive them.

Note: The Fellowship deadlines are receipt deadlines, not postmark deadlines. Any application arriving in our office after the deadlines will not be considered in the University Fellowship competition.




FINANCIAL AID

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FELLOWSHIP AND AN ASSOCIATESHIP?

The Graduate School administers internal university fellowships as well as graduate
fellowships and traineeships funded through national and local agencies. Some academic units have their own endowed fellowships as well. By far, the largest form of financial assistance comes to graduate students in the form of graduate teaching, research, or administrative associateships. If you are interested in applying for a financial award, check the “funding opportunities” box(es) of choice on the admission application. Consult with your intended graduate program about any special financial aid application forms, requirements, deadlines, and procedures.

In the Graduate School Handbook, the Fellowship is defined as "... a financial award made by the university directly to a graduate student to provide support during a portion of the graduate degree program. Graduate fellows cannot be required to perform a service in return for receiving a stipend. Fellows are selected on the basis of academic merit through a university-wide competition without respect to financial need."

The purpose of the First-Year Fellowship is to attract and retain a diverse and high quality graduate student population. The Presidential Fellowship provides support to students so that they may complete the dissertation unencumbered by other duties. The award recognizes the student’s research potential and scholarly achievements. Regarding Graduate Associateships, the Handbook explains that "...a graduate student’s principal objective is to earn a graduate degree.

Appointment as a GA contributes to that objective by providing an apprenticeship experience along with financial support. This apprenticeship complements formal instruction and gives the student practical, personal experience that can be gained only by performing instructional, research, or administrative activities. It is expected that GA responsibilities will not interfere with a student’s reasonable progress toward completion of the graduate degree. The three Graduate Associate titles are: Graduate Administrative Associate (GAA), Graduate Research Associate (GRA), and Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA). Specific GA responsibilities are determined by the appointing units. These may include teaching classes,
recitations, and labs; advising and counseling students; grading papers; gathering and analyzing data; writing reports; and assisting faculty members and administrators




FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FOR THE SECOND TIME SAYING THAT I NEED TO SEND FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS, BUT I ALREADY HAVE SENT THEM. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

This means that the documents received did not meet our requirements. To know what we found wrong with the documents please check your status at http://appstatus.osu.edu Use the OSU ID Number and password sent to you after you applied. If you do not find the email, write our office at gradadmissions@osu.edu and ask that we resend it. If you forgot your password, please call 614-688-4357 and have the 8HELP line staff reset your password. Write gradadmissions@osu.edu if you have further questions.




GRADUATE PROGRAMS

DOES OHIO STATE OFFER HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT AT THE GRADUATE LEVEL?

Yes. For information on our Hospitality Management Program please see http://ehe.osu.edu/human-sciences/graduate/consumer-sciences/




GRADUATE PROGRAMS

DOES OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY OFFER COURSES VIA THE WEB, OR VIA CORRESPONDENCE?

The Ohio State University is developing a comprehensive model for online/distance education. At this time it is possible to locate information on “Distance Learning” courses at the Office of Distance Education and eLearning : http://www.ced.osu.edu/credit_online.php. Presently, there is no comprehensive list of complete or partial on-line degrees available.




GRADUATE PROGRAMS

HOW DO I APPLY TO THE MBA PROGRAM?

To obtain application materials for the MBA program at The Ohio State University, visit the Fisher College of Business website for more information at: http://fisher.osu.edu




GRADUATE PROGRAMS

I WANT TO STUDY LIBRARY SCIENCE.

The Ohio State University does not offer a graduate degree program in Library Science. However, the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science has a Columbus Campus at the State Library of Ohio. For more information visit: http://www.slis.kent.edu/content/view/55/133/




GRADUATE PROGRAMS

I WANT TO STUDY MEDICINE AT THE GRADUATE LEVEL AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY.

The Ohio State University's graduate program Masters of Science in Medical Science limits its admission to students who have either completed an M.D. or D.O. and who are in training at the Ohio State University Medical Center as a clinical Resident or Fellow. For more information, please visit :http://medicine.osu.edu/research_ed/medical_fellows/Pages/index.aspx




GRADUATE PROGRAMS

MY GRADUATE PROGRAM IS NOT OFFERED.

The following website contains a list of graduate programs offered at The Ohio State University: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp. Please type in your area of interest in the "Search Programs" box. This keyword search will allow you to find in which Graduate Program your area of interest may be offered. Graduate Programs have become more inter-disciplinary. While your specific program of study might not be available, your area of interest may be found in one of the other graduate programs offered at Ohio State. To get more information about a particular graduate program, please visit their website. If you feel your educational objective can be met at Ohio State, we encourage you to apply at http://gradapply.osu.edu




IMMIGRATION

I HAVE AN H VISA. AM I CONSIDERED A "DOMESTIC APPLICANT?"

No. You are considered an International applicant. International applicants must meet Ohio State's English language proficiency requirements. http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/TOEFL_requirement.html

There are many potential immigration issues to consider when applying to The Ohio State University. If you would like to change your visa type from an H to an F or J, then you will have to submit financial support documents. Some students on H visas pay in-state tuition. If, however, you have an H visa and wish to accept a graduate associateship, you will need to change your visa to an F or J. If you have an H-1 visa and wish to quit your job to enroll full-time , you will also have to change your visa to an F or J. Applicants with immigration questions at any point in the application process should contact the Office of International Affairs ; International Students and Scholars at http://oia.osu.edu/, for assistance.




IMMIGRATION

WHY DO YOU NEED MY "ADDRESS OUTSIDE THE U.S."? I LIVE IN THE U.S. NOW.

Your home country address is needed for SEVIS
(Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).
It is a requirement for your I-20 document to be
issued.

Note: This SEVIS address does not necessarily need
to be your mailing address, unless you inform us
the address provided is where you wish to receive
mail. The address should be your permanent home
country address.

Although not preferable, a P.O. Box address is
acceptable. Please know though a P.O.Box cannot be
used for Express Mail delivery.




LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

CAN I USE INTERFOLIO TO SEND REFERENCE LETTERS TO OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

If you listed interfolio email addresses for your
references, on the regular Graduate School
application please change them at
https://www.applyweb.com/apply/osugrad/index.html
or contact help@applyweb.com for assistance.




LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

WHERE IS THE ONLINE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FEATURE ON THE ONLINE APPLICATION?

Some graduate programs do not accept online letters of recommendation. For these programs, the online letter of recommendation section will not appear in the application.

If you have questions about your graduate program’s letter of reference policy, program contact information is available at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp.




REQUIREMENTS/DEADLINES

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION IF I HOLD A THREE YEAR BACHELOR'S DEGREE

The Ohio State University does not recognize a three year bachelor's degree to be comparable to the four year U.S bachelor's degree. One of the basic requirements for admission to Graduate School is the completion of the equivalent to a four year U.S. bachelor's degree. To determine if you meet the degree requirements for admission to The Ohio State University, please contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions. Our contact information is available online at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gpcontacts.html.





REQUIREMENTS/DEADLINES

CAN I SEND APPLICATION MATERIALS AFTER THE DEADLINE?

Communicate directly with your intended graduate program regarding the late receipt of application materials. Some graduate programs adhere strictly to deadlines while others allow more flexibility. Graduate program contact information may be accessed at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp




REQUIREMENTS/DEADLINES

WHAT ARE YOUR GRADUATE ADMISSION DEADLINES?

Deadlines are set by individual graduate programs. Deadlines may be found at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp. Graduate programs make decisions primarily between December and March. With some exceptions, the financial aid deadline for International applicants is November 30th. The financial aid deadline for domestic applicants is January 7.




REQUIREMENTS/DEADLINES

WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO GRADUATE SCHOOL?

Admission criteria are established both by the Graduate School and graduate programs. An applicant must submit documentation that
demonstrates fulfillment of the following criteria:

1) Credentials documenting prerequisite academic work showing evidence of ability to pursue a graduate program in a chosen area of study.

2) Completion of a four-year baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university prior to beginning graduate studies.

3) A minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B grade) in all prior undergraduate and graduate level course work. The university uses the following grades to reflect academic level of performance: A=excellent, B=good, C=fair or average, D=poor, and E=failure.

4) Submission of GRE or GMAT test scores if the cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.0; or, if you hold a degree from an unaccredited college or university.

5) International applicants and applicants who have held U.S. asylee, refugee or permanent resident status for less than one year must provide evidence of English language proficiency: 550 on the paper based TOEFL test, 79 on the Internet Based TOEFL, 7 on the International English Language Testing System(IELTS)exam, or 82 on the MELAB.

Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor's degree or higher in one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

All other requirements are set by the graduate programs themselves, and are often much higher than these minimum requirements. To review these program requirements go to: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp




REQUIREMENTS/DEADLINES

WILL I STILL BE ELIGIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP IF MY GRE AND TOEFL TEST SCORES ARRIVE AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY AFTER THE FELLOWSHIP DEADLINE?

Official test scores should arrive by the fellowship deadline. Official test scores are required of Fellowship candidates. It is the applicant's responsibility to have scores reported directly to Ohio State by the appropriate testing agency. It takes several weeks for scores to arrive from Testing Services. Consequently, scores should be sent well in advance of the fellowship deadline for them to arrive in time.

If your scores will not arrive before the fellowship deadline, contact your prospective graduate program. You may still be able to compete for research and teaching positions which can have more flexible deadlines than fellowships.




TESTING

ARE GRE SCORES REQUIRED FOR FELLOWSHIP CONSIDERATION?

Yes. A GRE or GMAT score is required for Fellowship consideration and admission to most graduate programs with some exceptions. Please confirm whether your program requires a GRE or GMAT score at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp. Specific GRE/GMAT section percentiles are required for consideration for many Fellowships (http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu/graduate-school-fellowships-for-first-year-graduate-students.html).

You will be considered for a Fellowship by your graduate program and the Graduate School if your application is complete, you are a strong candidate, and you fit the Fellowship criteria outlined on the Graduate School website.

GRE/GMAT Scores are not required for students pursuing a tagged degree in Art; Dance; Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design; Music and Theatre performance.




TESTING

ARE OFFICIAL TEST SCORES REQUIRED FOR FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS?

Yes. To receive consideration for University Fellowships, applicants are required to have the testing agency report their scores directly to The Ohio State University (ETS institution code #1592). Photocopies of TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, GRE or GMAT scores are not considered official, and do not fulfill the requirement.

The only exceptions to this policy are for those applying to the MFA in Dance, Art or Theatre, the Master of Music (performance), Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design, and Doctor of Music.




TESTING

CAN I DEFER TAKING THE TOEFL?

For the majority of students, The Ohio State University does not admit applicants who have not met the requirement for proof of English proficiency. If your TOEFL score might (or will) arrive after a published application deadline, you should discuss this matter with your program. See http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp for contact information. Conditional Admission pending receipt of an acceptable toefl, is an option for applicants whose program deems it to be appropriate.




TESTING

CAN THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE WAIVE MY GRE OR GMAT SCORE REQUIREMENT?

No. The Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions cannot waive a GRE or GMAT test score requirement. When a graduate program has listed the GRE or GMAT as an admissions requirement, applicants are required to take the test. You may contact the Graduate Studies Committee Chairperson to discuss whether your application could be considered without the test scores.

Note: If you have below a "B" average on all undergraduate university level work, then a GRE or GMAT score is required and cannot be waived under any circumstances. This is a Graduate School requirement.




TESTING

CAN YOU FORWARD A COPY OF MY TOEFL OR GRE SCORE REPORT TO ANOTHER INSTITUTION?

It is our policy not to forward copies of score reports to other institutions. We also do not accept such scores sent from another institution.

Official scores are reported to Ohio State in electronic format. A score report is considered official only if it is sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Additional score reports can be ordered by contacting ETS.

Please be aware that TOEFL and IELTS test scores are only valid for two years, and may not be re-ordered after they expire. GRE and GMAT scores may be re-ordered for 5 years.




TESTING

DO I HAVE TO TAKE AN ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST?

Most international students are required to take a written English composition placement test when they arrive at The Ohio State University. You may be exempt from this requirement if you:

1) Were previously enrolled in an academic program at Ohio State University.

2) Are a citizen of the following countries or regions: Australia, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Liberia, United Kingdom (English, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), The Commonwealth Caribbean, and the United States

3) Score 650 or higher on Paper-based TOEFL(PBT)or score 610 or higher, and a 5.0 on the writing section.

4) Score a 114 on the Internet-based TOEFL(IBT) or 101 or higher and a 28 on the writing section.

5) Score 95 on the MELAB test, or 90 or higher and 90 writing subscore

6) Score 9.0 on the IELTS (Overall Band Score)
Score 8.0 on the IELTS (Overall Band Score) and 8.0 Academic Writing module




TESTING

HOW DO I KNOW IF I MUST TAKE THE GRE OR GMAT TEST?

To determine if the GRE or GMAT test scores are required, contact your graduate program. Graduate requirements, deadlines, and contact information may be found at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp

Applicants are required to submit GRE or GMAT scores if their undergraduate GPA is below the minimum 3.0/4.0; or, if they hold a degree from an unaccredited college or university. In this case, the Graduate School requires a GRE or GMAT score even if the graduate program does not, and the requirement may not be waived.




TESTING

MAY I BE CONDITIONALLY ADMITTED BEFORE RECEIVING AN ACCEPTABLE SCORE ON THE TOEFL, MELAB OR IELTS TESTS?

Yes, if you meet the requirements. Conditional admission is initiated by the Graduate program to which you apply. On the recommendation of the Graduate School, Ohio State is implementing a graduate conditional admission policy for international applicants whose English language proficiency is marginally below the university’s required levels; i.e., below TOEFL 79-80 iBT, or 550 PBT.

Such conditional admission is premised on the applicant’s successful completion of Ohio State’s American Language Program (ALP).

The purpose of this policy is to facilitate the admission of academically qualified, degree-seeking international graduate students that have not yet met Ohio State’s English proficiency requirement but are otherwise qualified and are being considered for admission by an Ohio State graduate program.

At their discretion, graduate programs can decide if they wish to pursue students in this category. Graduate programs are expected to be selective when pursuing students whose English language proficiency falls within this category; that is, within the 61-79 iBT or 500-550 PBT range.

Graduate programs will need to petition the Graduate School to conditionally admit a student based on English language proficiency in the same manner as with petitions for other conditional admission. Further, conditional admission can only be granted by the Graduate School if Ohio State’s ALP program has confirmed that ALP can accommodate the student.

The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, working with the American Language Program, will facilitate jointly the processing of conditional admission. The terms of this conditional admission require that the student will :

• study full-time in Ohio State’s American Language Program for a period of one semester
• complete the ALP satisfactorily;
• demonstrate proficiency on the basis of TOEFL or an alternative standardized test.
• Further, the student cannot enroll in any other Ohio State course while studying in Ohio State’s American Language Program.

Following attainment of the required proficiency certification, the student will then enroll in the admitting degree program not later than the second semester after starting in ALP.

For those conditionally-admitted applicants who do not fulfill their language proficiency requirement during the specified period, the conditional admission is revoked. Such students may choose to continue studying at ALP or elsewhere and reapply for regular admission at a later time.





TESTING

MY "DEPARTMENT CODE" IS NOT LISTED ON THE ETS WEBSITE WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please use code 1592 for The Ohio State University. Do not send scores directly to the graduate program office. If you do, they will not be attached to your applicant record.




TESTING

MY ENTIRE EDUCATION WAS IN ENGLISH. MUST I TAKE THE TOEFL TEST?

You are exempt from taking an English proficiency test such as, TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS, if you have established citizenship in one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, and The United States. US Green Card holders are exempt from taking the test if they have held the Green Card at least one year prior to their term of enrollment.

If you are eligible to receive a 4 year bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the countries listed above, then you are also exempt from taking an English proficiency test. Please note: It is not required that you have your degree completed at the time you apply for admission. However, you must have completed your degree prior to your term of enrollment.

If your country is not listed as any of the exempt counties, the English proficiency test is required.




TESTING

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM GRE OR GMAT SCORE REQUIRED BY THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

The Ohio State University Graduate School does not specify minimum scores on the GRE or GMAT. However, the graduate program to which you are applying may have a minimum test score requirement. Contact information for all graduate programs may be found at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp




TESTING

WHAT IS THE TOEFL/ENGLISH REQUIREMENT OF OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

Success at The Ohio State University depends upon the student's ability to converse in, write, and understand English. Professional Applicants: Please see http://professional.osu.edu/faq/TestScores.htm

Graduate Applicants: To assure such competence, the Graduate School requires any applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S., to submit recent, official scores of:
  • at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 79 on the Internet Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
  • at least 82 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB),
  • 7 on the International English Language Testing System(IELTS)exam.
The test must have been taken within the last two years. Your intended graduate program may require a higher score.

Applicants who have been educated primarily in one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL or MELAB requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States.

Permanent residents, Asylees, and Refugees are exempt from taking the test if they have held the status at least one year prior to matriculating.







TESTING

WHEN I SEND MY ETS TEST SCORES TO OHIO STATE, DO I NEED TO SELECT A DEPARTMENT CODE AS WELL AS AN INSTITUTION CODE?

No. Selecting only institution code 1592 ensures that the scores for GRE and TOEFL are received centrally, quickly, and are available to any graduate program to which you apply.




TESTING

WILL THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ACCEPT AN INSTITUTIONAL TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS TEST THAT I TOOK AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY?

No. We do not accept score reports of institutional tests from other institutions.




TRANSCRIPTS

DO I HAVE TO SEND A TRANSCRIPT, IF THE WORK APPEARS AS TRANSFER CREDIT ON MY CURRENT TRANSCRIPT?

Yes. Coursework from one institution reported as transfer credit on another school's transcript does not meet Ohio State's definition of a transcript.

Please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

Send only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office





TRANSCRIPTS

DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS FOR POST SECONDARY OPTION CLASSES I DID IN HIGH SCHOOL?

Yes. The Graduate School requires documentation of all post-secondary coursework completed for which college credit was awarded – except for AP (Advanced Placement) credit. If college level coursework was completed while attending High School and later transferred to a college or university, an official transcript from the institution that awarded the credit must be submitted to complete your admission. Even if this coursework represents minimal hours of transfer credit, the transcript is still required.

Please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

Send only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office





TRANSCRIPTS

DO I NEED TO SEND OHIO STATE TRANSCRIPTS FOR MY GRADUATE APPLICATION?

No. If your graduate program uses the regular graduate school application, please do not send Ohio State University transcripts to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, or to your intended program. The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions will obtain a copy from the University Registrar at no cost to you after your application arrives.

If, however, you are applying to Public Health, Physical Therapy, or another program that uses a centralized application service such as SOPHAS, PTCAS, Dent PASS, CSDCAS, etc.; you may be required to send an Ohio State transcript to the application service. Programs using such services can be found at: http://gradapply.osu.edu




TRANSCRIPTS

MAY I SEND FAXED OR ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPTS TO OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY IN SUPPORT OF MY GRADUATE APPLICATION?

Please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

Send only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office.





TRANSCRIPTS

MUST I SEND SEPARATE TRANSCRIPTS TO MY GRADUATE PROGRAM?

Please check your graduate program website to confirm whether they require a separate copy of transcripts (http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp). Many programs use the transcript copies sent to Graduate & Professional Admissions. When applying, please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

Send only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office.





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