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Admission requirements and deadlines vary from program to program. Learn how and when to apply, and explore funding options that may be available to you.


Criteria for admission to Ohio State vary by individual graduate program. However, the minimum undergraduate GPA is a 3.0, and programs also require a 4-year completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Review the detailed requirements for each Ohio State graduate program and degree that you are interested in. 

International criteria

Deadlines and Timelines

Application deadlines vary by graduate program. 

Most but not all graduate programs admit for the autumn semester, with an expectation that students will be on campus beginning in mid-August.  

Most graduate programs make admission and funding decisions between January and March for domestic students and between December and March for international students. In most cases, the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions and the graduate programs must receive your required admissions materials by January 15 (for domestic students) and by November 30 (for international students). 

Applying to Ohio State

The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions can help you with all of your admissions questions. See their frequently asked questions page.

Application Fee Waivers

Some prospective students are eligible for an application fee waiver. 

CIC Fee App Program 

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of the Big 10 institutions and the University of Chicago, accepts applications to cover the cost of applying to graduate school from students who “possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural, and social environments at CIC universities.”  

McNair Scholars Fee Waiver  

Participants in the McNair Scholars Program, a program designed to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society, are eligible for application fee waivers. Applicants should note their participation in the McNair program on the Ohio State application. They will then be prompted to request a fee waiver. Applicants should have their McNair or SROP director send confirmation of participation to the Graduate School

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Scholars 

SROP Scholars are eligible for application fee waivers. Applicants should note their participation in SROP at any CIC institution, including Ohio State's SROP program. They will be prompted to request a fee waiver. 

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