Graduate Programs
International Applicants

If you do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency at the time of your application, you will apply as an international applicant.

International applicants are required to complete a few additional steps beyond the application requirements.

  • Certified Translation of Credentials and University Transcript

    Applicants must provide scanned copies of official (original or certified) transcripts of all college or university-level academic coursework and a certified English translation of their credentials, if the originals are not in English. Copies of transcripts and/or English translations must be certified by a university/school official, embassy official, the Ministry of Education, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    MACC APPLICANTS ONLY:

    If you have earned or will earn a degree from a university outside of the United States, you are also required to submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation by an approved credential evaluator. The Fisher MAcc program accepts course-by-course evaluations from either World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. This process can take up to six weeks - take this into account when compiling your application materials. The WES/ECE evaluation will not be accepted as a substitute for an official transcript even if WES/ECE has attached a scan of the transcript to its evaluation.

  • English Proficiency

    Applicants required to provide proof of English language proficiency should submit either the TOEFL or IELTS. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores that are no more than two years old must be received by Ohio State before applications will be reviewed for admission. We do not conditionally admit applicants who have not met the requirement for English proficiency. It takes about one month from the time the test is taken for Ohio State to receive official test scores - plan accordingly.

    Learn more here

    Proof of English proficiency is required for international applicants and for those who have held the status of U.S. permanent resident for less than one year from the official first day of the autumn semester. Applicants who are a) citizens of or b) have earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a university in one of the following countries are exempt from the requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States of America and Wales.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio State will also accept the Duolingo English Test in addition to the TOEFL or IELTS for students applying for any term in 2021. (Note: Duolingo has not yet been approved for international applicants applying for 2022 or later.)   

    ESL Composition Placement Test: With few exceptions, international students (including those who were exempted from English proficiency testing requirements) are required to sit for an ESL Composition Placement Test upon arrival to campus. Review the score minimums, exemptions, and other details for graduate or post-baccalaureate professional students here.

    TOEFL Home Edition and IELTS Indicator test takers: If admitted, you are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival unless you qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS score exemption

    All Duolingo test takers: If admitted, you are required to take an ESL Composition Placement Test upon arrival to campus. 

    MINIMUM RECOMMENDED SCORES FOR APPLICATION:

    TOEFL iBT or TOEFL Home Edition
    100 or higher (and 24+ on speaking section recommended)

    TOEFL paper-based
    600 or higher

    IELTS or IELTS Indicator
    7.0 (and 7.0+ on speaking section recommended)

    Duolingo 
    105 or higher

    Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to other commonly requested information.

  • Additional English Proficiency Resources

    We offer a variety of options for international students, including the option to come early and participate in our English language immersion program - The Ohio State American Language Program.

    Admission to the ALP program does not guarantee admission to a Fisher graduate program.

  • Passport Copy

    All international applicants should supply a photocopy of the photo/data page of their current, valid passport – if the applicant is subsequently recommended for admission, this step will help the applicant save a lot of time during the financial review process.

    Steps to upload copy of passport:

    1) Activate your osu.edu credentials.

    a. Go to my.osu.edu and click on "Activate Now". You must activate your osu.edu credentials first before you can upload a copy of your passport. If there are any issues with activation, contact +1 (614) 688-4357 or 8help@osu.edu.

    2) Submit a scanned copy of your passport via the Document Uploader after your application is uploaded into the Student Information System (SIS).

    a. It takes five business days for your application to be uploaded into SIS.

    b. Accordingly, wait five business days after you submit your application to the Fisher College of Business before you attempt to upload a copy of your passport to the Document Uploader.

    c. If you are admitted and you plan to have dependents (e.g. spouse, children) join you, be sure to also upload copies of passports for your dependents.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LOAN OPTIONS

Most loan programs require U.S. citizen co-signers. However, the two funding sources listed below do not require U.S.-based co-signers. We offer this information to prospective students with no endorsement implied or expressly stated by The Ohio State University or Fisher College of Business.