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Requirements & Standards



The Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts is a full-time program of study (a minimum of four consecutive semesters.) Under special circumstances, and with prior approval, part-time study may be possible.  Admission is for Fall Semester only for students receiving a stipend. Students completing a Masters degree from the Ohio University College of Fine Arts are encouraged to apply.

Potential candidates must possess a Master’s degree from an accredited American or international university. The following materials also must be submitted:

  • Admission application form from the Ohio University Graduate College.

  • Three current letters of recommendation that address the candidate's academic achievement and potential.

  • A three-five page essay in which the applicant discusses the philosophical and practical reasons for selecting Interdisciplinary Arts for a doctoral degree and identifies the intended primary and secondary areas of study.

  • Intended primary and secondary areas of study.

  • Official transcripts of all previous degree/certificate work.

  • A sample research paper from the applicant's previous work.

  • Graduate Record Examination scores.

  • English Proficiency Requirements:

Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to your success at Ohio University. Non-native speakers of English must submit official results of one of two standardized tests: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), as part of the application packet.


  • International students must submit an affidavit of financial support as evidence of financial responsibility.
  • All applicants must follow the Admission Policies and Procedures specified in the O.U. Graduate Catalog.
  • A personal interview is recommended.


Application Deadline: January 31, priority consideration for graduate teaching assistantship. Later applications may be considered, depending on enrollment and availability of financial assistance. Admission is granted for fall semester only. Students will be notified within one month of the application deadline.


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