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Admission criteria

Applicants must meet two sets of criteria:

  1. The general minimum criteria outlined below.
  2. The additional and often more rigorous criteria established by each program of study. To familiarize yourself with your program's criteria and processes, read about the program under Find your program and visit the program website.

General minimum criteria

Submit documentation that demonstrates fulfillment of the following:

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from an accredited college or university, earned by the expected date of entry into your graduate program.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the last degee earned. (How to calculate your GPA.)
  • Prerequisite training that will enable you to pursue your program. Evidence usually comes in the form of transcripts or other credentials documenting that you have completed prerequisite academic work. Read your program's description under Find your program for more information.
  • Standardized test score (GRE or GMAT) if the score is required by your program. Scores must be sent electronically from the testing agency; faxed or emailed scores are not considered. Note: Scores are valid for five years after your test date.

Additional notes for international students

  • Proof of English language proficiency is required for international applicants and those who have held the status of U.S. permanent resident for less than one year from the first day of the first term of enrollment. Minimum required scores:
        TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based, 550 on the paper-based
        MELAB: 82
        IELTS: 7.0
    Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor's degree (or higher) from one of these English-speaking countries are exempt: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.
  • Three-year degrees are not recognized. Ohio State requires the completion of an American four-year bachelor's degree or the equivalent. Three-year degrees are not generally recognized to be equivalent. Read more about this policy.