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Graduate Bridge Program Mechanism

Section G.5 of the Graduate School Handbook

The GBP provides a direct admission to the Graduate School for a maximum of one academic year. Conditions of acceptance into the GBP include:

  1. Letters. Including a letter of commitment from a Graduate Faculty Member of the graduate program to mentor the student, and from the Program (Graduate Studies Chair, Department Chair or Associate Dean of Graduate Studies) to accept the student if the student maintains a GPA of 3.0 in the GBP and meets all other requirements for the program.

Application. The student must connect with a Graduate Faculty Member of a graduate program such that a letter of commitment is submitted at the time of application and prior to acceptance. This mentor would be expected to meet with the student and guide course load and selection and make recommendations for tutoring if desired. A template letter of commitment can be found on the Graduate School website. The Letter of Commitment submitted with the application will require a signature of the program advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee Chair and must be uploaded with the application. Programs opt into the GBP when they have a student identified to enroll.

Enrollment. GBP students enroll into the Graduate School. The Graduate School recommends that these students enroll in Summer semester (when schedules permit) for a limited S/U course selection, then enroll for autumn for 3-4 credits of didactic course load (must be minimum of 4 credits for participation in the GBP) and remaining S/U credits, then Graduate spring semester for a fuller course load, as deemed appropriate. This approach will help the student adapt to Ohio State and their potential program with the best opportunity to achieve course grades that would permit success in a graduate program with the goal of achieving the necessary graduate GPA of 3.0 for continuation in the graduate program.

Completion.– Students must file a Completion of Graduate Program form on GRADFORMS, signed by the Graduate Studies Committee Chair, by the end of term to receive the Bridge Certificate or continue with enrollment in their graduate program or any other graduate program at Ohio State. Students that achieved the 3.0 minimum GPA would be enrolled into their mentoring graduate program to which they have been accepted as a regular graduate student or apply to other graduate programs at the end of any term.

Students enrolled in the GBP that want to transfer to another graduate program and continue in the GBP, must have a letter on file at the Graduate School signed by the new advisor and Graduate Studies Committee Chair to replace their application letter.

Students that have completed at least two terms of the GBP, have a 3.0 GPA in the GBP, completed a minimum of 12 credit hours, and are in good standing with the Graduate School, would be eligible to receive a Graduate Bridge Certificate designation on their transcript. For students that receive the Bridge Certificate, up to ½ or a minimum of 6 credit hours, could be applied to their continuation in their graduate program.

For students that do not meet the criteria for the Bridge Certificate or elect to not receive the Bridge Certificate, then credits that meet the requirements of the graduate program in which they enroll would be applied to their graduate program. Students in the GBP with a graduate GPA less than 3.0 may be conditionally accepted into the graduate program, but this is not guaranteed by the GBP commitment.