Ohio University

Graduate Degree-Seeking Application

The Ohio University Graduate College's application* is hosted by CollegeNet. Please note that some programs (as outlined below) require that you submit an application through the discipline's Central Application Service (CAS) before submitting an OHIO graduate application.

CollegeNet Application for Graduate Admission

The Ohio University Graduate College's application is hosted by CollegeNet. Before submitting an application, make sure you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission, have reviewed the application deadlines, and submitted all necessary materials to the CAS (if required by desired program). 

Students interested in the Master of Health Administration program are advised to review the program information and speak with an admission advisor before beginning the application.

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Central Application Service (CAS)

For the following programs, all application materials need to be uploaded to the CAS before submitting an OHIO graduate application through CollegeNet. Students who are recommended for admission will need to submit an official transcript separately to the Graduate College after the admission offer is extended. 

Application Information – CollegeNet Application for Graduate Admission

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. 

Application Materials

All documents received by Ohio University in connection with an application become the property of Ohio University. Under no circumstances will they be returned or forwarded to any agency or other college or university. Documents for applicants who are not admitted or who are admitted but do not register are retained for one year and then destroyed.


Your application must include:

  • A copy of the official transcript from the institution where a bachelor's degree has been or will be granted, and
  • A copy of the official transcript from any institution attended after completing a bachelor’s degree, or from which any graduate coursework was attempted, regardless of whether or not a degree has been or is being completed.
  • A copy of an official transcript from any college or university attended within the past four years from which credit was or is currently being completed.

NOTE: All transcripts must include the name of the institution, the dates attended, a complete listing of courses and transfer credits, and the signature of the university registrar or other designated official. Documents downloaded from a student portal or marked "display transcript", "for internal use", or "this is not an official transcript" do not fulfill the transcript requirement for an application.

Transcripts for work completed through a study abroad program are not required.

Copies of transcripts uploaded to the application are unofficial. Academic programs have the option to require original, official transcripts as part of the application. In this event, the applicant should arrange to have transcripts sent directly to the Graduate College.

Academic programs may request submission of a transcript from any post-secondary institution attended beyond the requirements noted above.

International transcripts/academic documents

If you have attended an institution outside of the U.S., please upload a scanned copy of all of your official documents to your online application. Once you have been admitted to a program, you will be required to bring your final official materials to the Graduate College, so that we can make a copy of your documents. Official documents that are sent to our office will not be returned.

For more information by country, please review the International Credential Requirements web page.

*NOTE: Only international students in our online programs will need to send official documents by mail. 

Test scores

Test requirements for the GRE or GMAT vary by program. Refer to the program's website for details. Official scores must be sent by the testing agency to the Graduate College for any required test. OHIO's code is 1593. Department codes are not required.


Your resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) describes your previous education, work, teaching, and research experience, professional affiliations, community and volunteer experience, honors and awards, and publications. Most programs prefer no more than four pages. Check the program’s application requirements for more details.


Letters of recommendation should be requested from people who are familiar with your academic abilities and potential. Because departments may have specific requirements regarding letters of recommendation, applicants are encouraged to review the program’s admissions information for any specific requirements.

The online application incorporates a secure online letter of recommendation system and applicants are encouraged to use that system unless the academic program states otherwise. You will need to provide the e-mail address of each of your recommenders if you wish to use the online recommendation system. Recommendations submitted through the online system should come from the recommender’s professional or business e-mail account rather than a personal e-mail account (e.g. John.Doe@StateU.edu, not JNDoe9952@gmail.com). Please check with your intended recommenders before listing them on your application to confirm their willingness to provide a recommendation on your behalf.

Personal, professional or biographical statements

Program requirements vary. Please review program admissions information for guidelines regarding format, content, and/or length of any personal, professional, or biographical statements. If the program information does not provide specific details, please limit personal, professional, or biographical statements to two pages.

Writing sample

Review your academic program's website to determine any requirements or guidelines for writing samples. Not all programs request a writing sample.

Program-specific requirements

Review your academic program's website for any program-specific requirements (e.g., portfolio, interview, audition, documentation). The online application provides places to upload additional requested materials. Programs requiring portfolios may direct applicants to specific online portfolio sites.

Application Fees

First Ohio University Graduate Degree Application  
  US Citizen, Permanent Resident, Asylee, Refugee, TPS and DACA  $50 USD
  International $55 USD
Subsequent/Additional Ohio University Graduate Application $25 USD
Change of Application or Admission Term or Switch between On-campus/Online $10 USD

All application fees are non-refundable.

The Graduate College offers a waiver of the application fee for participants of the McNair Scholars Program.

The Graduate College has no other application fee waivers. Some academic programs may offer an application fee waiver on a case-by-case basis. Questions about program-based fee waivers should be directed to the academic program.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program and not all programs admit every semester. Check the program's webpage for admission terms and deadlines. If the program does not indicate a specific deadline, Graduate College deadlines are:

  Fall Spring Summer
US Citizen/Permanent Resident or student not
needing I-20 or DS-2019 immigration documents
August 1 December 1 April 1
International, needing I-20 or DS-2019 February 1 September 1 December 1

When preparing to apply, allow sufficient time to register for any required tests and have official test scores reach Ohio University prior to program application deadlines.

* The submission of any false information or fraudulent documents in connection with the application process is grounds for rejection of the application or dismissal from Ohio University regardless of the nature of other credentials.

In providing an application and inviting application, Ohio University places itself under no obligation to admit any individual person.