PhD Application Requirements

For all applicants:

Due to high application volume, please allow 10-14 business days for items to post to your checklist.

All applicants must complete the following to submit a complete application for any of the PhD programs:

  1. A completed online application form. (Please note that the application deadline for Autumn 2016 is January 15, 2016)
  2. Non-refundable application processing fee. The online application accepts either credit card or debit card payment of the mandatory application processing fee.
  3. ONE official transcript or record (degree certificate, provisional certificate, mark sheets) of all university academic course work is required for admission to The Ohio State University. Official transcripts are those provided in a sealed envelope by the institution attended. Certified English translations must be enclosed if the originals are not in English. The Admissions Committee will review scanned copies of official transcripts uploaded in your application for evaluation purposes. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript. Transcripts should include all work previously completed and work currently in progress. If you are admitted to Fisher, final official hardcopies of all transcripts will be required prior to enrollment at the university. You should contact each institution you attended and request that one official transcript/record of all courses completed there be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. If you have taken courses at The Ohio State University, you do not need to submit transcripts for those grades as the Admissions Office will obtain your Ohio State grades directly from the University Registrar’s Office. Separate transcripts must be submitted if you received any transfer credit from another university(ies).
  4. Official GRE (General) or GMAT Test scores for all PhD programs other than A&MIS. (If you are applying to the accounting PhD program, you must submit official GMAT scores.) The Ohio State/Fisher PhD GRE institution code is 1592 and department code is 4299. The test code for GMAT is ZLJ-9D-98. You may send us a copy of your student-issued scores if you wish; however, official scores must be received directly from the test administrator by The Ohio State University before the application will be reviewed/considered complete.
  5. OSU Graduate Admissions requires official TOEFL scores from all international applicants unless that applicant has received a degree from a U.S. based institution or an institution in a country where English is the native language spoken (Australia, Belize, Britsh Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales). U.S. Green Card holders are exempt from taking the test if they have held the Green Card at least one year prior to their term of enrollment. The Ohio State University will also accept the IELTS and/or MELAB in lieu of the TOEFL.
  6. Three (3) Recommendation Letters. The online application allows you to submit each reference letter electronically or via paper. If submitting via paper, the letter(s) must written on the recommender's letterhead, attached to the Ohio State Reference forms and returned in sealed envelopes. (The forms, instructions, etc., are included in the online application instructions.)
  7. A Statement of Intent highlighting academic and work experience, career objectives and motivation for pursuing a PhD. You will submit your statement electronically with the rest of your online application.
  8. A current resume/vita. You will upload this document (MS Word or PDF format are acceptable) as part of your online application.

If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program at The Ohio State University or have graduated from one of the university’s graduate programs, you will need to complete one of these forms in addition to submitting your online application.

There is no new application fee for applicants who have previously been admitted and enrolled in another graduate program at Ohio State University. 

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