Non-Degree, Transient, International Exchange
Admission to graduate status 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.
Non-Degree students are admitted by academic programs for the purposes of taking graduate-level courses. For more information, review the Graduate Catalog admission section.
Transient Students are graduate degree-seeking students in good standing at other universities who are admitted to Ohio University under non-degree status for the purposes of taking courses to transfer back to their degree program.
International Exchange Students are students from Ohio University exchange partner institutions. If applying as an international exchange student, select the partner exchange institution from the pull-down menu on the application form.
Application Form – The on-line application is strongly encouraged (required for International Exchange students). Submitting a paper application will significantly increase the application processing time. 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.
Non-Degree Status - You must submit one (1) official transcript showing the highest degree earned. You can upload an unofficial copy of your transcript with your on-line application, but you must also submit an official copy by mail. An official transcript is one that arrives 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, or marked as unofficial are not accepted in lieu of official transcripts.
If your highest earned degree is from Ohio University, that transcript will be obtained by the Graduate College on your behalf.
If you attended an institution outside the U.S., please review the transcript requirements listed under the Degree-Seeking International section of this website.
Post-Baccalaureate (ND9951) applicants – Post-baccalaureate applicants do not need to submit transcripts.
Transient and Exchange students – Please submit a signed Certificate of Good Standing in lieu of transcripts.
Letters of Recommendation – Non-degree status generally does not require letters of recommendation. If you have questions, please contact the academic program to which you are seeking non-degree admission.
If recommendations are requested, 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. John.Doe@StateU.edu, not JNDoe9952@gmail.com). Please check with your intended recommenders prior to listing them on your application to confirm their willingness to provide a recommendation on your behalf.
Application Deadlines - To ensure sufficient processing time, degree-seeking applications should be submitted at least six weeks prior to your intended start term.
Application fee(s) are NON-REFUNDABLE including applications submitted in error.
• Non-Degree/Certificate, Transient $35 US
English Proficiency – All non-native speakers of English are required to show proof of proficiency as described in the Graduate Catalog Application and Admission section and the English Proficiency Requirements section of this website.
The following non-native English speakers are not required to submit official test scores as part of an application packet but will be tested for proficiency upon arrival (through the TOEFL), and are subject to additional English Language instruction based on campus test scores:
• Applicants who, 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);
• Applicants who, within the past two years, have completed at least three years of full-time study at a governmentally-accredited institution of higher education where English is the primary language of instruction
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.
Financial Documents - All admitted international students are required to submit An Ohio University Financial Support Form and official bank documentation. The documents are not required as part of your application, but it is acceptable to submit evidence of financial support with your application materials.
• Complete Application form
• Appropriate Application fee
• One official transcript showing highest degree earned (not required for post-baccalaureate admission)*
• Certificate of Good Standing (Transient or Exchange students only)
*Unofficial copies can be uploaded to the on-line application and submitted for review. Official copies must be received by the Graduate College as noted in the instructions.