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Application quick guide for graduate programs

1. Check criteria, procedures and deadlines

  • Applicants must meet two sets of criteria. Read about admission criteria.
  • Program requirements and deadlines can be found under Find your program and on your program's website.

2. Prepare transcripts

  • You must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. Learn more about transcript requirements. Current Ohio State students do not need to submit Ohio State transcripts.

3. Request letters of reference from your recommenders

  • Most programs offered at Ohio State use an electronic system for submitting references. However, some programs still require paper reference forms. Refer to your program's website for details.

    TIP! As a courtesy to your recommenders, allow sufficient time for references to be completed and submitted. Online invitations go out to recommenders after you submit your application.

4. Prepare program materials

  • For materials required with your online application, read about your program under Find your program and check your program's website.
  • Commonly requested materials include resume or curriculum vitae, statement of purpose and test scores (ETS code 1592). Some programs may also require a portfolio, an audition, writing samples, specific tests or a departmental application.

5. Apply online

  • For information about applying, read about your program under Find your program (Apply tab). You must upload and attach all requested materials and pay your application fee before you can submit the application. Note: Application fees are not refundable.
  • If you have difficulty with the application, please consult our Tips for filling out the regular application.
  • You may request a fee waiver if you meet income requirements or are a current Ohio State student applying to their major. Learn more about fee waivers.

    TIP! Previous Ohio State graduate students should select "Graduate Intra-University Transfer" once in the application. No application fee is required.

6. Check the status of your application

  • After you apply, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. You will also receive information about activating your Ohio State username and creating a password.
  • Once you have activated your username and created a password, log in to to check your application status.

    TIP! Forgot your password? Go to or call 614-688-4357.

For details about applying, read the Graduate School Application Instructions publication. Have questions? Please contact Graduate and Professional Admissions.