English Proficiency Requirements

Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to your success at Ohio University. Non-native speakers of English must submit official results of one of two standardized tests: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), as part of the application packet. Please see the Graduate Catalog for full details. Official scores must be reported directly from the testing agency to Ohio University. The Ohio University institution code for the TOEFL is 1593. English language proficiency scores older than two years are not accepted.  

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS Scores

Score  TOEFL - Paper  TOEFL - iBT  IELTS - Academic
University Minimum for Unconditional Admission
(some departments have higher minimums, see below)
550 80 6.5 across all bands
Minimum for Conditional Graduate Admission* 500 61 6.0 Composite


For more details on placement, please view these  English Proficiency Placement Guidelines (PDF)

* Admission on a case-by-case basis, may require additional English language study prior to full-time admission to degree program  International students who are admitted with English language conditions will be issued an I-20 for English language study.

Some non-native speakers of English may be exempted from submitting official test scores with their application. Please see the Graduate Catalog for details.


For more information on the TOEFL test, please click here.  
For more information on the IELTS test, please click here.   

Some programs may have English Proficiency Requirements above the university minimum for unconditional admission and/or to receive departmental funding. Please see the admission requirements on the Degree Programs page for more details.

English Requirements for Teaching Assistants  

If you will be responsible for classroom or laboratory instruction please see the Graduate Catalog for details on additional required testing.

English Language Study before Graduate Study

Non-native speakers of English who do not have a TOEFL score and are not exempted from having to submit a score with their application or who have a TOEFL score less than the university minimum may apply for English Provisional admission.  English Provisional admission is a combination of admission to the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) and future admission to a graduate degree-seeking program.

If you are admitted as English Provisional, you will enroll in English language courses through the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) upon your arrival at Ohio University.  You will have up to two years to achieve an English proficiency score of at least 550 TOEFL (or as specified by the graduate degree program).  Students admitted under English Provisional status are not eligible to register for graduate courses or apply for any type of graduate appointment (such as a tuition waiver and/or stipend) until full admission status has been achieved.

To apply for English Provisional admission, indicate English Provisional Admission on your application in the Testing section, and submit all application materials except the TOEFL as outlined in the application instructions.