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Financial Aid and Application Information for Prospective Students


If you are considering applying to the master's degree program, please read the graduate handbook and contact the Graduate Chair. Applicants must submit…

  • Statement of Purpose, which describes why the applicant wishes to pursue a graduate degree in this department, what s/he intends to get out of the program, and how the degree will support his or her academic or career goals. This approximately two-page statement is very important in helping the Graduate Committee evaluate the applicant's qualifications and "fit" with the program.
  • Resume or C.V.
  • Three letters of reference. Referees should thoroughly address the applicant's academic ability, work ethic, and suitability for this program. Although you are encouraged to use the online submission, individual referees may submit their letters directly to the department. Letters should be on official letterhead, and attached to recommendation forms available online.
  • GRE scores.  Please indicate to Educational Testing Services (ETS) when you take the GRE that you would like your results sent to Ohio University and that the department of interest is Geography.  International applicants are not required to take the GRE.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges that you have attended. To be considered for unconditional acceptance (and funding), a 3.0 GPA (on a 4-point scale) is expected.



Our application deadline to be considered for financial aid is February 15. Because of time constraints in assembling application materials at the Graduate College, the deadline for international applicants is February 1. Please note that all applicants must follow the Graduate College's application procedures and submit the appropriate documents to the Graduate College. Applicants whose native language is not English are encouraged to take the TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test), which includes a speaking section.


Spousal and Domestic Partner Educational Opportunities are available to spouses and domestic partners of graduate students who hold an RA, GA, or TA appointment. The benefit pays half of the instructional fee (not the general fee) up to six credit hours per semester during the period or period(s) in which your appointment is in effect. Spousal and Domestic Partner Educational Opportunities cannot be used to pay for OPIE courses or courses taken for Audit. Application forms are available in the Graduate College or can be downloaded from Applications must be completed and returned to the Graduate College prior to the 15th day of the semester for which the student is seeking the benefit.


For more information, contact:


Dr. Dorothy Sack, Graduate Chair

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Graduate Handbook