Degree-Seeking US Citizen/Permanent Resident

Admission Requirement

Admission to graduate study requires a 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. Please review the Graduate Catalog admission section for additional information.

Application Form – The on-line application is strongly encouraged. Submitting a paper application will significantly increase the application processing time and delay submission of materials to the academic department for review. The on-line application will show you any available terms for the program you select. If a term is not listed, applications are not currently being accepted by that program.

** PDF documents are strongly preferred.  Click here for instructions on how to convert documents to PDF.

The online application allows you to upload supplemental materials. DO NOT mail copies of materials that you have uploaded unless specifically requested to do so.

Transcripts – You are required to send a copy of an official Transcript for every college or university institution that you have attended. Upon admission, you will be required to submit an official copy of your bachelor transcript. Click here for a video documenting transcript requirements and submission.

An official transcript includes:

  • envelope sealed by the issuing institution
  • institutional seal
  • signature of the registrar

An acceptable copy of a transcript is a transcript that carries the institutional seal and a signature of the Registrar.

Please read the following for important transcript information.

  • In order to submit transcript(s) during your electronic application simply upload a scanned version of your official transcript that you have obtained from your college or university.
  • If your school offers electronic transcripts, you may request the paperless version to be sent directly to If possible, in the application, upload a receipt proving you did send the transcript, making sure it lists the date you sent it and where you sent it to.
  • Note to applicants with a degree from Ohio University. If you are earning or have earned a degree from Ohio University, the Graduate College will request a copy on your behalf as long as you have listed OU as a previous institution.
  • A web-printed document may not be used for admission. If the document says Advising Report, Academic Summary or unofficial, it will not be accepted as an official transcript.
  • If your transcript is not in English, you must also submit an English translation with the original language transcript. Include a diploma or certificate if applicable.
  • Applicants can upload files no larger than 10MB.
  • If you need to submit additional documents after you have submitted your electronic application, you may upload them here:

Please make sure you understand your program requirements. Please visit your program’s website or find your program on to review their requirements.

Some academic programs require official transcripts be submitted as part of the initial application. This information is noted in the program information within the on-line application. An official transcript is one that arrives at the Graduate College in an envelope that has been sealed by the issuing institution or from an institution’s official electronic transcript service. Transcripts that have been opened, photocopied, marked as unofficial, or re-routed electronically from an account other than the Graduate College are not accepted as official.

If you are offered admission and accept our offer you will be required to submit an official sealed transcript from the institution where you have earned a bachelor’s degree. This transcript must show that the degree was obtained.

Tests (Ohio University institution code is 1593) -- Check the application requirements of the program to which you are applying to determine which, if any, tests may be required or recommended. Required test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Graduate College, but you can upload a copy of your student score to the electronic application for the purposes of initial application review.


Letters of Recommendation - The on-line application incorporates a secure on-line letter of recommendation system. You will need to provide the e-mail address of each of your recommenders if you wish to use the on-line recommendation system. Recommendations submitted through the on-line system should come from the recommender’s professional or business e-mail account rather than a personal e-mail account (e.g., not Please check with your intended recommenders prior to listing them on your application to confirm their willingness to provide a recommendation on your behalf.

Recommenders should be people who are familiar with your academic abilities and/or profession and academic interests, and who can comment on your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Check the academic program requirements for the number of recommendations required and any restrictions on who should provide letters of recommendation.

Supplemental material - Each academic program sets its own application requirements. Please review the program website for information about what materials are required/recommended, as well as content, format, and length of writing samples, personal statements, etc. You will find a summary on the Graduate College website at If the information is not located here, please check directly with the academic program. Please limit supplemental materials to only those documents requested by the academic program or the Graduate College.

Supplemental materials can be uploaded directly to your electronic application. They must be in either PDF or DOC format (not DOCX). Please do not mail copies of materials that you upload.

English Proficiency

Domestic applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency as described in the Graduate Catalog Application and Admission section. At the discretion of individual academic programs, the following non-native English speakers may be exempt from the English Proficiency Testing Policy:

Applicants who are US citizens/permanent residents and who meet one or both of the following criteria:
•   Within the past two years have received a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or a foreign college or university accredited by a Regional U.S. accrediting organization (where English is the language of instruction), and/or
•   Who have significant and recent work experience in an English-language environment.

All students may be tested for academic writing proficiency upon arrival. Individual academic programs may require on-campus English proficiency testing for any student for whom English is not a native language.

Application Checklist

•   Complete Application form
•   Appropriate Application fee
•   One transcript from each institution attended*
•   Official test scores*
•   Letters of Recommendation
•   Résumé or CV*
•   Departmental supplemental material (e.g., portfolio, writing sample, personal statement)**

*Copies of all documents should be uploaded to the on-line application.


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