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The Ohio University Graduate College works together with each graduate program to process and review your application. You submit all application materials to the Graduate College, where your materials are gathered together for the academic program. 

Once you have found the graduate program to help you meet your personal and professional goals, you should review the application requirements and deadlines. Gather the necessary documents which may include licenses, letters of recommendation, a résumé, and a personal statement or statement of professional goals. You will also need to request an official transcript from all the universities you have attended previously (graduates of Ohio University do not need to do this). Requirements vary by program, so be sure you have confirmed the information you need to supply to complete the application. If you have questions about the application process, please reach out to the Graduate College at graduate@ohio.edu.

Each program handles application reviews differently, but generally there is a committee of faculty who review applications. Recommendations are then forwarded to the Graduate College for final approval and processing.

Department-based funding opportunities (graduate appointments) vary by program. Review the program's website for details.

Programs have different application deadlines, and some programs only admit once a year. Be sure you review the program's website to confirm deadlines and any specific application requirements. 

Most application materials can be uploaded directly by the applicant through the online application. Documents that cannot be submitted through the application system, including official transcripts and test scores, should be sent to the Graduate College at: 

Graduate College
1 Ohio University
Grosvenor Hall 102
Athens, OH 45701 USA

Official test scores must be reported to Ohio University, code 1593.

Minimum requirements for graduate admission

Admission to graduate study is highly competitive, and there are almost always more applicants than available spaces. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a program. 

Undergraduate degree

Graduate status requires an earned bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association, or an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned. 

*NOTE: Applicants may apply for graduate admission to Ohio University while they are currently completing their bachelor's degree. 

If you have not graduated yet, please upload a letter of enrollment from your university. The letter should include:

Your name
The name of the degree you will earn
The expected date of graduation
Official stamps and signatures of the university registrar or president

Applicants with a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university that is not regionally accredited may be considered with supplemental application materials and an official GRE or GMAT score.


Please review the International Credential Requirements if you attended a higher education institution outside of the United States. 

English Proficiency

Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting official test scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores are not accepted.

Graduate Catalog

Persons admitted to graduate status for terms fall 2020 through summer 2021 are admitted under the terms and conditions in effect in the 2020 - 2021 Graduate Catalog.

When to apply

Semester Application opens
Fall semester (August start) Beginning of September for the following fall term
Spring semester (January start) Beginning of February for the following spring term
Summer semester (May start) Beginning of September for the following summer term

Not all programs admit every term. Application deadlines vary by program. Review the program's website to confirm admission terms and deadlines.

Apply online

The Ohio University Graduate College's application is hosted by CollegeNet. You will be entering your information on their secure server. You do not need to complete the application all at once; the system allows you to save and return at your convenience.

You can upload most application materials directly to the online application. We recommend you use this option to ensure that your materials are kept together with your application. The application also hosts a secure online recommendation system.

The  Graduate College uses an electronic imaging system for programs to review applications and supporting documents. Programs can review materials once they are processed by Graduate College staff. 

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