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Three-year degree policy

One of Ohio State's graduate admission criteria is the completion of an American four-year bachelor's degree or the equivalent. Three-year degrees are not generally recognized to be equivalent.

How to become eligible to apply to graduate school

The minimum requirement for admission to an Ohio State graduate program is 16 years of study. This is usually 12 years of secondary school plus four years of post-secondary study at a college or university. If you only have three years of post-secondary study, you must complete one of the following:

  • A master's degree (or higher)
  • An approved post-graduate diploma
  • An additional year of university-level coursework

This work must be completed at an accredited university. Please note that we cannot give absolute assurance that your academic documentation will qualify you for graduate study until we have reviewed your documents. When you apply, you must provide transcripts and degree statements for all post-secondary coursework at a college or university.

Additional notes for specific countries

The following degrees are recognized by Ohio State.

Australia

  • Bachelor's degree, Honours Completion of four to six years of post-secondary study beyond the Year 12 Secondary Certificate.
  • Bachelor's degree Completion of a program of post-secondary study lasting four years in Education or Engineering; five years in Veterinary Science, Dentistry or Architecture; or seven years in Medicine and Surgery.
  • Master's degree (Pass) Completion of one to two years of full-time postgraduate study beyond a three-year bachelor's degree.
  • Postgraduate diploma Completion of one to two years of postgraduate study beyond a bachelor's degree in a particular subject.

Bangladesh

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.Sc.Engg), Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc.Ag.) Completion of four years of post-secondary study beyond the Higher Secondary Certificate.
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master's of Commerce (M.Com.) Completion of one year of post-secondary study beyond a three-year bachelor's (honours) degree or completion of two years of post-secondary study beyond a two-year bachelor's (pass) degree.
  • Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) Completion of five years of post-secondary study beyond the Higher Secondary Certificate.
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science (M.B.B.S.) Completion of five years of study beyond the Higher Secondary Certificate, plus one year of internship.

Canada

  • Bachelor's degree Completion of four or five years of post-secondary work. Sometimes designated as "Honours," "Four-year" or "Advanced."
  • Bachelor of Education Completion of one year of additional study beyond a three- or four-year bachelor's degree.
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B./B.Laws) First professional degree in law. Completion of two to three years of study beyond a bachelor's degree.

France

  • Maîtrise Completion of four years of post-secondary study (one year beyond the License, two years beyond the DEUG).
  • Certificat d'Aptitude au Professorat de l'Enseignment Secondaire (CAPES) or Certificat d'Aptitude au Professorat de l'Enseignment Technique (CAPET) Completion of four years of post-secondary study (one year beyond the License, two years beyond the DEUG), plus typically one year of practical teaching.
  • Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Commerciales, Administratives et Financiéres (DESCAF) or Diplôme des Grandes Ecoles (Diploma from a Grande Ecole) Completion of three years of post-secondary study following one year of classe préparatoire with concours (preparatory year with a competitive exam). Represents four years total of post-secondary study.
  • Diplôme d'Ingenieur (Diploma of Engineer) Completion of five years of post-secondary study (three years beyond the DEUG/DUT).
  • Diplôme d'Architecte (Diploma of Architecture) Completion of four to six years of post-secondary study. First professional degree in Architecture.

Germany

  • Diplom Degree awarded in science, psychology and social sciences after three to four years of post-secondary study following the Abitur. The Vordiplom (intermediate examination) is awarded after four semesters of basic studies (Grundstudium) and grants the student access to two to four semesters of advanced studies (Hauptstudium) leading to the Diplom degree.
  • Magister Artium Degree awarded in humanities after three to four years of post-secondary study following the Abitur. The Zwischenprufung (intermediate examination) is awarded after four semesters of basic studies (Grundstudium) and grants the student access to two to four semesters of advanced studies (Hauptstudium) leading to the Magister Artium degree.
  • Staatsexamen Degree awarded in medicine, pharmacology, law and teaching after three to four years of post-secondary study following the Abitur. The Zwischenprufung (intermediate examination) is awarded after four semesters of basic studies (Grundstudium) and grants the student access to two to four semesters of advanced studies (Hauptstudium) leading to the Staatsexamen degree.

India

  • Three-year bachelor's degree plus a two-year master's degree or a one- to two-year (depending on attendance) post-graduate diploma.
  • Three-year BComm degree plus Associate Membership from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India or the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

Pakistan

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Architecture Completion of a four-year program of post-secondary study beyond the Higher Secondary Certificate.
  • Master's of Arts, Science, Commerce, Business Administration, Computer Science, Public Administration, Education or Social Work Completion of two years of post-secondary study beyond a two-year bachelor's degree (pass) in the same field or completion of one year of post-secondary study beyond a three-year bachelor's degree (honours) in the same field.
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Completion of a five-year program of post-secondary study beyond the Higher Secondary Certificate.

South Africa

  • Bachelor's degree (Honours) in Humanities, Commerce and Science Completion of one year of further study beyond a three-year bachelor's degree.
  • Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Law, Engineering, Pharmacy or Education Completion of four years of post-secondary study.
  • Bachelor Degree of Technology (B.Tech.) Completion of four years of post-secondary study at a Technikon, including one year of experiential training.
  • Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Medicine or Architecture Completion of five years of post-secondary study.
  • Bachelor's degree in Dentistry Completion of five and a half years of post-secondary study.
  • Bachelor's degree in Medicine or Theology Completion of six years of post-secondary study.

Sri Lanka

  • Bachelor's degree (Special) Awarded after four years of post-secondary study. Students specialize in the study of one subject.
  • Postgraduate diploma Generally require one year of study following upon the bachelor's degree.
  • M.B.B.S. Awarded after five years of study with an additional year of internship, which is compulsory.
  • Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) Conferred after six years, with one year's internship prior to certification.

United Kingdom (England)

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) [Ordinary and Honours] First degree, completion of three years of post-secondary study following GCE "A" levels.
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) [Ordinary and Honours] First degree, completion of four years of post-secondary study beyond GCE "A" levels.
  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) First degree, completion of four years of post-secondary study beyond GCE "A" levels (three years at the B.Eng. (Hons) level plus one additional year).
  • Postgraduate diploma Completion of one to two years post-graduate study beyond a bachelor's degree (Ordinary).