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TOEFL and IELTS guidelines

Attention international applicants:

Although most international applicants choose to take the TOEFL, some choose to take the IELTS to satisfy the Ohio State University Graduate School’s requirements for English proficiency at time of application. Either TOEFL or IELTS are perfectly acceptable when applying to the Fisher MLHR program. If you plan to submit TOEFL scores for your application, we recommend at least 100 overall and at least 24 on the speaking subsection to be minimally competitive. For those of you that plan to take the IELTS exam in lieu of the TOEFL, an overall band score of 7.0 and 7.0 on the speak section of the IELTS is what we recommend to be minimally competitive.


Mini FAQ on English proficiency requirements for international students

If you are an international applicant, English proficiency is critical. English proficiency is critical not only for classroom interactions but also when you are involved in the recruiting/interviewing process. Below are common Qs we receive on English proficiency for international applicants:

Do you accept the IELTS?

The Ohio State University accepts the TOEFL, IELTS, and MELAB. For your scores to be valid, they must be no older than two years at the time of your application.

I scored XXX on the TOEFL or I scored X.X on the IELTS. Can I gain admission to your program?

First, we do not make admission decisions based on a single criterion. EVERYthing in your application is reviewed as part of an admission decision. Second, see a previous blog post on recommended scores on the TOEFL or IELTS to be minimally competitive on this criterion.

My entire instruction at the undergraduate level was in English. Do I need to submit English test scores (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB)?

You are exempt from taking an English proficiency test, such as, TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS, if you have established citizenship in one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, and the United States. US Green Card holders (“permanent residents”) are exempt from taking an English proficiency test if they have held permanent residency status for at least one year prior to their quarter of enrollment.

If you are eligible to receive a 4 year bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the countries listed above, then you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test. Please note: It is not required that you must have your degree completed from one of the exempt countries at the time you are applying for admission. However, you must have completed your degree prior to your quarter of enrollment.

If your country is not listed as any of the exempt counties, you must take the English proficiency test.

May I be conditionally admitted before receiving an acceptable score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB tests?

No. The Ohio State University does not admit applicants who have not met the requirement for proof of English proficiency. Those applicants required to submit TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS scores must do so before they will be reviewed for an admission decision and can be officially admitted.

I hope this information helps. If you have any questions, please let us know!


Note to international applicants: Do NOT wait until the last minute for this item

We receive inquiries from international applicants who are concerned about their TOEFL or IELTS scores. The Fisher MLHR program prefers the following:

  • An overall score of at least 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam and
  • A score of at least 24 on the individual TOEFL sections **or**
  • A band score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS.

The MLHR admissions committee will still consider your application if you score below these minimum recommendations. However, the committee will review the TOEFL or IELTS scores when determining your abilities in English. Strong English skills are critical to success in our program, not only in the classroom but also with employment recruiting. Therefore, if your scores are well below our suggested minimums, it would be to your advantage to retake the exam.

One more thing: Be sure your name, as listed on your TOEFL and/or IELTS score reports matches exactly your name as listed on the application. If your name does not match exactly on the TOEFL/IELTS and your application, the chances of your application being significantly delayed are increased greatly.

If you have any questions, please let us know by leaving a comment.