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Section 2.1 of the Graduate School Handbook
Joint Responsibility for Admission. The admission of students to the Graduate School is the dual responsibility of the Graduate Studies Committee of the local program and the Graduate School. However, the Graduate School has the final authority for making admission decisions. The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions receives and processes the application, which includes collecting the application fee, transcripts, and test scores. Admissions is also responsible for sending the official admission decision.
Application. All degree and non-degree graduate applicants must use the online application. Visit the Graduate and Professional Admissions website to obtain graduate program information and access the online application.
F or J Visa Holders. Applicants with an F or J visa are restricted in their ability to be admitted as a graduate non-degree student. Eligibility is extended to those who are enrolled in a graduate program at another U.S. university who wish to study for one term as a transient student at Ohio State and transfer course credit back to their home institution and to those enrolled in established exchange programs or special university-sponsored workshops. All other international graduate non-degree applications will be reviewed by the Graduate School.
GRE and GMAT. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are scheduled on a continual basis during the year throughout the United States and overseas. Pre-registration is required, and a fee is charged. Additional information may be obtained from the websites of the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions or Educational Testing Service.
Application Deadlines. Domestic applicants interested in being considered for a Graduate School Fellowship must apply on or before January 15. International applicants must apply by the last working day in November. Regular deadlines for receiving applications are May 15 for summer session, July 15 for autumn semester, and December 1 for spring semester. Graduate Studies Committees may establish earlier admission application deadlines and are not required to admit students every semester or session.
Application Fee. All Graduate School applicants are required to pay a nonrefundable application fee.