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Areas of Specialization

Section 8.5 of the Graduate School Handbook

A graduate specialization represents a significant, widely recognized division of an overall field of study that is broader than an individual faculty member's area of interest or an individual student's thesis or dissertation topic.

Program of Study. The specialization must be selected from a list of specializations already approved for the student’s graduate degree program. The student, together with his or her advisor, may select an approved specialization and forward a request for approval to the local Graduate Studies Committee. If the committee approves the student's request, the committee forwards the request, together with notice of approval, to the Graduate School.

Upon the student's graduation, the Graduate School posts the graduate specialization in the student’s permanent record so that it appears on the student’s Ohio State transcript with the student’s graduate program.