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Apply to Graduate Programs

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, review the application requirements and deadlines in the Graduate Catalog and the academic program website. 

Each program handles application reviews differently, but generally, there is a committee of faculty who review applications. Admission recommendations are sent to the Graduate College which then confirms that minimum admission requirements have been met and finalizes the admission offer. Your admission is not final until you receive an email confirmation from the Graduate College.

Apply online

You will be entering your information on a 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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Graduate Degree-Seeking Graduate Certificate or Endorsement Graduate Non-Degree

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Financing your education

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

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.

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

*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, and
  • 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.

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.

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 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.