Admission Requirements

The requirements listed below are the minimums set by the Graduate College. Each program can impose additional requirements or higher test scores. Please see the Degree Programs page for program requirements. 

You are responsible for reading and understanding the admission policies and procedures in the Graduate Catalog.*

Minimum Requirements


  • Master’s program: A U.S. bachelor's-equivalent degree from a government-recognized/accredited institution.
    • Admission to graduate study requires a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or foreign institution with a degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Students with degrees from US institutions that are not regionally accredited may be admissible with supplemental application materials.
      If you are admitted provisionally prior to the completion of your bachelor’s degree, Please review the Graduate Catalog for additional information.*
  • Doctoral program: U.S. bachelor’s and master’s-equivalent degrees from government recognized/accredited institutions.
    • Applicants applying to Au.D., D.P.T., and Ph.D. programs in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Environmental and Plant Biology, Mathematics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Physics and Astronomy, or Psychology, are not required to hold a U.S. master’s-equivalent degree for admission.
  • Grade Point Average: Successful candidates are students who have excelled academically. Some programs have a minimum 3.0 GPA (or equivalent) requirement.

English Proficiency

All non-native English speakers 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 academic). To be considered official, test scores must be reported directly from the testing agency to Ohio University.

Please see our English Proficiency page or Graduate Catalog* for specific score requirements and exceptions.

Test Scores

Some academic programs require supporting evidence of your ability in the form of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Miller Analogies Test, or other college ability tests. Consult the specific department about necessary test requirements. College ability test scores older than five years will not be accepted.

To be considered official, test scores must be reported directly from the testing agency to Ohio University.

For additional details about each test, please see the Graduate Catalog.*

Admission Process

  • Copies of application materials submitted to the Graduate College are forwarded to appropriate department(s) by the graduate college.
  • The departmental graduate committee recommends or denies admission and forwards the decision to the Graduate College. 
    • Each department has its own procedures and time line for reviewing applications. 
  • The Graduate College reviews file and department admission decision. 
  • Applications are valid for one year from the date submitted and can be deferred up to one year from the submission date. 
    • Students must begin study in the term to which they have been admitted unless a student requests and is granted a deferral by the degree program prior to the start of the original term of entry. 
  • The Graduate College sends the applicant a letter indicating admission decision as follows: 
    • Unconditional Admission 
    • Conditional Admission (Applicants needing an I20 for a Visa may not be admitted conditionally)
      • Students having some deficiency in the entrance requirements (low GPA,  etc.).
      • May achieve unconditional admission by satisfactorily completing a prescribed program.
      • Students admitted conditionally are not eligible for any Ohio University financial assistance. 
    • Provisional Admission 
      • Students approved for admission who have not submitted all required, final official documents.
      • Changed to unconditional admission once the Graduate College receives all final documents.
    • Denial

* Please note that the Graduate Catalog is published biennially.  Changes in the law, or government interpretation of the law will not immediately show in the catalog.  Guidance and policy on this page will supersede catalog policy.