Degree-Seeking US Citizen/Permanent Resident

Admission Requirement

Admission to graduate study requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or foreign institution with a degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Students with degrees from US institutions that are not regionally accredited may be admissible with supplemental application materials. Please review the Graduate Catalog admission section for additional information.

Application Form – The on-line application is strongly encouraged. Submitting a paper application will significantly increase the application processing time and delay submission of materials to the academic department for review. The on-line application will show you any available terms for the program you select. If a term is not listed, applications are not currently being accepted by that program.

** PDF documents are strongly preferred.   Click here for instructions on how to convert documents to PDF.

The online application allows you to upload supplemental materials. DO NOT mail copies of materials that you have uploaded unless specifically requested to do so.

Transcripts – You must submit one transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of whether or not a degree was earned or the credits are reflected on a separate transcript as transfer credit.

Please upload copies of academic transcripts to your application. If you have previously attended or are currently attending Ohio University, you must indicate this on your applciation. Your OHIO transcripts will be obtained by the Graduate College on your behalf.

Some academic programs require official transcripts be submitted as part of the initial application. This information is noted in the program information within the on-line application. An official transcript is one that arrives at the Graduate College in an envelope that has been sealed by the issuing institution or from an institution’s official electronic transcript service. Transcripts that have been opened, photocopied, marked as unofficial, or re-routed electronically from an account other than the Graduate College are not accepted as official.

Grade reports, or advising records are not acceptable in lieu of transcripts.

If you are recommended for admission, you will need to provide official transcripts from each institution where you have earned or will earn a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Tests (Ohio University institution code is 1593) -- Check the application requirements of the program to which you are applying to determine which, if any, tests may be required or recommended. Required test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Graduate College, but you can upload a copy of your student score to the electronic application for the purposes of initial application review.

Letters of Recommendation
- The on-line application incorporates a secure on-line letter of recommendation system. You will need to provide the e-mail address of each of your recommenders if you wish to use the on-line recommendation system. Recommendations submitted through the on-line system should come from the recommender’s professional or business e-mail account rather than a personal e-mail account (e.g., not Please check with your intended recommenders prior to listing them on your application to confirm their willingness to provide a recommendation on your behalf.

Recommenders should be people who are familiar with your academic abilities and/or profession and academic interests, and who can comment on your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Check the academic program requirements for the number of recommendations required and any restrictions on who should provide letters of recommendation.

Supplemental material - Each academic program sets its own application requirements. Please review the program website for information about what materials are required/recommended, as well as content, format, and length of writing samples, personal statements, etc. You will find a summary on the Graduate College website at If the information is not located here, please check directly with the academic program. Please limit supplemental materials to only those documents requested by the academic program or the Graduate College.

Supplemental materials can be uploaded directly to your electronic application. They must be in either PDF or DOC format (not DOCX). Please do not mail copies of materials that you upload.

English Proficiency

Domestic applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency as described in the Graduate Catalog Application and Admission section. At the discretion of individual academic programs, the following non-native English speakers may be exempt from the English Proficiency Testing Policy:

Applicants who are US citizens/permanent residents and who meet one or both of the following criteria:
•    Within the past two years have received a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or a foreign college or university accredited by a Regional U.S. accrediting organization (where English is the language of instruction), and/or
•    Who have significant and recent work experience in an English-language environment.

All students may be tested for academic writing proficiency upon arrival. Individual academic programs may require on-campus English proficiency testing for any student for whom English is not a native language.

Application Checklist

•    Complete Application form
•    Appropriate Application fee
•    One transcript from each institution attended*
•    Official test scores*
•    Letters of Recommendation
•    Résumé or CV*
•    Departmental supplemental material (e.g., portfolio, writing sample, personal statement)**

*Copies of all documents should be uploaded to the on-line application.

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