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: 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 reporting the TOEFL is 1593. English language proficiency scores older than two years are not accepted.
Admission on a case-by-case basis and sufficient scores does not guarantee admission.
** 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.
Minimum TOEFL/IELTS Scores
Unconditional Admission with Eligibility for Funding
- iBT - 80 Composite, all Section Scores of 17
- IELTS – 6.5 Composite, all Bands 6.5
- Paper TOEFL – 550 Total, Composition 5, all other Section Scores 52
Unconditional Admission without Funding Eligibility*
- iBT - 70 Composite, Writing 17, all other Section Scores of 15
- IELTS – 6.0 Composite, all Bands 6.0
- Paper TOEFL – 525 Total, Composition 4, all other Section Scores 50
For more details on placement, please view these English Proficiency Placement Guidelines (PDF)
* Admitted students may gain funding eligibility by enrolling in and successfully completing one to two recommended English Language Improvement courses.
International students who are admitted with English language conditions will be issued an I-20 for English language study.
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
To be offered and serve as a teaching assistant, you must meet additional English language proficiency. The requirements are as follows:
- iBT - 80 Composite, Speaking score of 24
- IELTS – Speaking 7.0
- Paper TOEFL – 550 Total, SPEAK Test of 230
Provisional teaching assistantships may be offered for applicants who achieve the following and concurrently enroll in a specified ELIP course:
- iBT - 80 Composite, Speaking score of 21
- IELTS – Speaking 6.5
- Paper TOEFL – 550 Total, SPEAK Test of 190
English Language Study before Graduate Study
Non-native speakers of English who do not have sufficient test scores and are not exempted from having to submit a score with their application 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 525 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.