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How to Apply

Getting started with your application is easy and we're here to help. Below is a checklist that will walk you step by step through the process. If you have any questions along the way, please contact the MBA/MSA Admissions Team at 740-593-2053 or msa@ohio.edu

Step 1: Online application and transcripts 

Start your application

The online graduate student application allows you to create a password-protected account so you can return to the application, enter information, and upload documents at your convenience.

  • Start your online application
  • The application fee is $50 for U.S citizens/permanent residents and $55 for international applicants
  • MBA/MSA dual-degree program code: MB6141
  • MSA exclusive program code: MS8112
  • For campus choose “Athens”
  • Choose the appropriate entry term (for August cohorts, choose “fall”)


Request an official transcript from all institutions of higher education you have attended and arrange for them to be sent to OHIO's Graduate College.

Electronic submission (preferred): Choose “Ohio University” as recipient and use graduate@ohio.edu for email if needed.

Mailing address (if electronic submission is not available):

Ohio University 
Graduate College
220 Research & Technology Center
Athens, OH 45701-2979

Transcripts from non-U.S. institutions must be official or registrar-certified and in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution, if possible. Learn more about international transcripts

Step 2: Prepare deliverables 

Recommendation Letters

Arrange for three professional or academic references to submit letters of recommendation: one from an individual who can attest to qualifications in the field, such as an athletic director or arena manager, and the other letters from an undergraduate or graduate advisor, present employer, instructor in the field of study, and/or civic leader. Letters of recommendation should include the provider’s relationship to you and their complete address and contact information, including a clearly identifiable professional email address.

When prompted on the online application, request that your recommenders be contacted through the online application process for electronic submission of their recommendation letters. You’ll need to enter each individual’s name and email address.


Upload a current professional resume as an attachment to your online application in the supplemental materials section.

Professional Statement

Your professional statement should include your background, experience, accomplishments, career goals and involvement in sports and related activities. Please also address any weaknesses in your application materials, such as a low GPA. 

Upload this document to your online application in the supplemental materials section. Please limit the length of your statement to no more than two double-spaced pages.


The GMAT/GRE is not required.

Step 3: Interview and admissions decisions  


Admission to the MBA/MSA program is highly competitive and selective. Factors considered in the admission decision include strength of recommendation letters, fit, academic and career achievements, and finally a pre-admission interview. Once the application and all supporting documents are on file with the College of Business, selected applicants will be invited to the Athens Campus for an interview. 

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis within a few weeks of each interview date. A letter will be emailed to each applicant from the College of Business, followed by an official letter from the Graduate College. 

Ready to Apply?

When you're ready, you can start your application. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the MBA/MSA Admissions Team at 740-593-2053 or msa@ohio.edu. We're available to help Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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