To apply, submit to the Office of Graduate Student Services the two application forms, two official transcripts from each postsecondary school attended, official test scores as required by the department, the $30 nonrefundable fee for application to a degree program, and any other pertinent information in support of your application. Nondegree and transient application is $20; nondegree-to-degree status, or to a second Ohio University graduate degree program, is $10. Have letters of recommendation sent directly to the graduate committee of the department to which you are applying.
Copies of the above materials are forwarded by the Office of Graduate Student Services to the department of your choice. The departmental graduate committee grants or denies admission and forwards the decision to the Office of Graduate Student Services. Your file is reviewed for completeness, and a letter is sent to you indicating admission, admission pending fulfillment of admission requirements, or denial of admission.
Admission to graduate study is based on possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and such factors as your undergraduate scholastic grade-point average (both overall and in the proposed graduate major), selection of courses, pattern of grades, recommendations, test scores, work experience, and other relevant matters. Each department gives appropriate weight to the factors pertinent to its academic field.
If you have a bachelor's degree from an unaccredited institution, you usually will be required to supplement your undergraduate record with a satisfactory score on an acceptable standard college ability test.*
Supporting evidence of your ability, in the form of the Graduate Record Examination, Graduate Management Admission Test, Miller Analogies Test, or other college ability tests, may be required.* Consult the specific department about necessary test requirements.
Applications for admission, supporting credentials including official transcripts of all academic work, and the $30 nonrefundable application fee (check or money order payable to Ohio University) should be received at least six weeks before registration for the quarter or summer term in which you wish to begin graduate study. Some programs have earlier deadlines for admission and financial support; see the program listing for deadlines.
All documents received by the university in connection with an application for admission become the property of Ohio University. Under no circumstances will they be returned or forwarded to any agency or other college or university. Documents of students who are admitted to a graduate program but fail to enroll for the quarter for which they are admitted are destroyed. Materials will be held, however, for a maximum of one year if you notify the Office of Graduate Student Services in writing of a postponement of enrollment.
All correspondence pertaining to admission to a graduate program should be addressed to the Office of Graduate Student Services, Ohio University, Wilson Hall, Athens OH 45701-2979.
Special note for students in education: If you have earned a master's degree in education at Ohio University and plan to take additional work in education, you must reapply for admission through the Office of Graduate Student Services.
*If you have taken any of these tests, you are urged to have your scores reported to the Office of Graduate Student Services, Ohio University, Wilson Hall, Athens OH 45701-2979. You can obtain further information about the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test by writing to the Educational Testing Service, Box 955, Princeton NJ 08540. Applicants in the West Coast region should write to the E.T.S., Box 1502, Berkeley CA 94701. On the Ohio University Athens campus, you can obtain test application forms from the Office of Graduate Student Services. You can obtain information on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) from The Psychological Corporation, 304 E. 45th St., New York NY 10017. The MAT is available at Ohio University through Counseling and Psychological Services, Hudson Health Center.
Ohio University has four categories of graduate student admission: degree, nondegree, postbaccalaureate, and transient.
Any admission to a graduate program must be regarded as provisional until you have provided a final official transcript from your undergraduate institution showing receipt of the bachelor's degree, and transcripts from any other postsecondary school attended. You should submit transcripts before you are admitted to a program, but if this is not possible it is your responsibility to see that final official transcripts are on file in the Office of Graduate Student Services no later than the end of your first quarter of registration in a graduate program. Failure to produce final transcripts may result in dismissal.
Unconditional Admission. Students approved by the major department for unqualified admission to a graduate degree program are given unconditional admission. Only students on unconditional admission status are eligible for university-funded associateships, fellowships, and scholarships.
Conditional Admission. Students who have some deficiency in the entrance requirements, such as a grade-point average below 2.5, may be approved by the department for conditional admission. Students in this category may achieve unconditional admission by satisfactorily completing a prescribed program to remove any academic deficiencies and attaining a 3.0 or better grade-point average on the first 15 hours of graduate course credit. The departmental graduate committee will specify whether undergraduate courses required as further preparation for admission will be taken for audit or credit. Grades earned in such courses may be used by the graduate committee in evaluating your capability for graduate work. Undergraduate or audited courses will not satisfy requirements for any graduate degree. You are eligible for university-funded associateships, fellowships, and scholarships only after you have received unconditional admission. You must maintain a 3.0 or better grade-point average to retain university financial support.
To take graduate courses if you have no intention of working toward a graduate degree at Ohio University, apply for admission in the regular manner but as a nondegree student. Approval for such admission does not constitute admission to a degree program, and the credit earned cannot normally be applied toward a graduate degree at Ohio University. In exceptional cases the appropriate academic department will determine which courses, if any, that you take while in nondegree status may be applied subsequently toward degree requirements.
You may take no more than 18 hours of academic work, within a time limit of six years, as a nondegree student.
This status is applicable to the regional campuses for all quarters and to the Athens campus for summer only. The conditions of postbaccalaureate admission are the same as for nondegree graduate status:
(b) admission to nondegree status does not constitute admission to a graduate degree program
(c) credit earned cannot normally be applied toward a graduate degree at Ohio University
Some graduate courses are not open to students admitted to postbaccalaureate status. If in doubt about the acceptability of postbaccalaureate status for a specific course, check with the department offering the course.
A student currently working toward a graduate degree at another university may earn graduate credit at Ohio University to be transferred to the other university.
You may be admitted to a transient status by submitting an application, the $20 nonrefundable application fee, and an official statement of good standing from the dean of the graduate school in which you are enrolled.
You must request permission each quarter to register at Ohio University as a transient student.
Except for Honors Tutorial students and those who meet the conditions listed below, no undergraduate student may take a graduate course for credit.
An Ohio University student who has not yet completed all requirements for the bachelor's degree may be eligible for graduate study as a senior. This privilege is normally granted for one quarter only. You must have an overall grade-point average of at least 2.5 and be within nine credits of completing all requirements for your bachelor's degree. Permission to take such courses does not constitute admission to a graduate degree program. (See the following section for information on early admission to a graduate degree program.)
You may take graduate courses carrying graduate credit after securing the written recommendation of the dean of your undergraduate college and the graduate chair of the departments offering the graduate courses. If you are admitted as a senior for graduate credit, you pay undergraduate fees and are not eligible for graduate associateship or scholarship support. A $10 application fee is charged for this privilege, and you must apply in advance of registration through the Office of Graduate Student Services. This privilege may also be extended to a well qualified senior at another university who has nine or fewer credits to complete for the bachelor's degree.
A superior undergraduate student may seek early admission to a graduate degree program. You must have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.5 and have completed all undergraduate requirements, except the total credit-hour requirement, by the time of your entry into the graduate degree program. After obtaining the written recommendation of your department, the departmental graduate committee, and the dean of your undergraduate college, you may be admitted into a graduate degree program and enroll in graduate courses for graduate credit. You can use these courses to satisfy both graduate degree requirements and undergraduate total credit-hour requirements. You must apply for this privilege in advance of registration through the Office of Graduate Student Services. If you qualify for early admission to a graduate degree program, you are eligible for graduate associateship or scholarship support.
To be eligible for admission, international students must have attained high scholastic distinction.
Materials required for admission to Ohio University are the two application forms, the $30 nonrefundable application fee, official test scores as required by the department, official transcripts from each postsecondary school attended, and any other pertinent information in support of your application. If transcripts are not in English, they must be translated and signed and certified as true copies by the registrar of the institution or an official of the country's consulate. You should submit transcripts before you are admitted to a program, but if this is not possible it is your responsibility to see that final official transcripts are on file in the Office of Graduate Student Services no later than the end of the first quarter of your program. Failure to produce final transcripts may result in dismissal.
All prospective students whose native language is not English must submit evidence of proficiency in the English language. You must send results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to the Office of Graduate Student Services.
It is recommended - required by some departments - that you score 550 or above on the TOEFL. A score of 550 or above indicates that you may not have to study English before being admitted as a full-time graduate student. A score of 510 - 550 generally indicates at least one quarter of part-time English study; a score of 450 - 510 indicates that two or more quarters of English study may be necessary, and a score below 450 indicates that at least three quarters of intensive English may be required.
You are required to be tested by the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) to determine your level of proficiency. This on-campus test is the criterion for English proficiency evaluation regardless of other test scores that you may have submitted with your application materials. The results of this test will determine if you will be required to take English courses in the Ohio Program of Intensive English.
Only after you have passed the on-campus English proficiency test or satisfactorily completed the Ohio Program of Intensive English and enrolled in your graduate program are you eligible for Ohio University - funded associateships, fellowships, and scholarships.
To be considered for a teaching stipend, all prospective international graduate students who will be responsible for classroom or laboratory instruction and whose native language is not English must submit their scores on the Test of Spoken English (TSE; Educational Testing Service, Princeton NJ, 1982). You must score 230 or above on the TSE to be offered a teaching stipend. In addition to the TSE, you must take the SPEAK test after you arrive at Ohio University if you are offered a stipend that requires instructional responsibility.
International applicants must submit evidence of the financial responsibility that is stated on the Affidavit of Financial Support. In the event that you receive a university-funded associateship, fellowship, or scholarship upon admission, that financial assistance will be canceled if you do not demonstrate English proficiency after being tested by the Ohio Program of Intensive English upon your arrival at Ohio University.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service requires that international students, while in the United States, be full-time students in the first three quarters after arrival. You may then take a vacation in the next quarter as long as you intend to register in the quarter after the vacation. You must be making reasonable progress toward the completion of your degree. In the event that a problem should arise with enrollment, you are required to consult with your advisor and the international student advisor.
All Ohio University faculty and administrators on full-time presidential contract, except senior administrators (vice presidents, vice provosts, associate provosts, and deans), are eligible to apply for admission to a graduate program or to nondegree status. The vice president for research and graduate studies and the Graduate Council will review all applications for potential conflict of interest. If the Graduate Council determines that a conflict exists, the faculty member or administrator shall not be admitted to a graduate program. It is the responsibility of the vice president for research and graduate studies to see that this review takes place at the earliest possible date.
If you are a full-time faculty member or full-time administrator at Ohio University who is admitted to a degree program or to nondegree status, you may normally register for no more than eight hours per quarter. To register for 9 or 10 hours, you must have written approval from the graduate chair of your academic program and from the administrative supervisor for your employee position. You may not receive a graduate stipend. Course loads taken during breaks in regular employment, however, such as summers for nine-month faculty, will be limited only by Graduate Catalog regulations. See the stipulations regarding residency requirements in this catalog and the Policy and Procedure Manual, No. 40.016.
If you are currently in a graduate degree program and are offered a presidential contract appointment, your situation will be reviewed by the vice president for research and graduate studies and the Graduate Council at the earliest possible date. The Graduate Council will determine whether conflict of interest or unfair competition would result from your dual status as a student and a presidential contract employee that might affect your academic performance and evaluation. If the Graduate Council determines that such a conflict would exist, they will inform you that you may not continue in your graduate program if you accept the presidential contract appointment.
It is your responsibility to notify the assistant vice president for graduate studies of your employment on the Graduate Admissions Application. If you are a current graduate student and are offered a presidential contract appointment, it is your responsibility to notify the assistant vice president for graduate studies of that appointment.
University Publications and Computer Services revised this file (http://www.ohiou.edu/~gcat/97-99/admit.htm) November 9, 1998.
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