The PhD Program is designed for students who intend to pursue full-time study, with entry in Autumn Semester only.

Application for Autumn 2018 opens September 1st

The following materials are required for the PhD application:

1.  A completed online application form

2. Application fee

  • A non-refundable application fee of $60 is required for domestic applicants; $70 for international applicants.
  • If you have previously attended a graduate program in OSU, no fee is required.

3. GRE or GMAT test score  

  • Official scores must be sent to The Ohio State University using institution code 1592 (department code 4299) for the GRE and ZLJ-9D-98 for the GMAT.
  • All programs accept either GMAT or GRE with the exception of Accounting & MIS, which accepts the GMAT only. Scores are valid within 5 years of the application submission date.

4.  TOEFL Score (International Students Only)  

  • The Ohio State University requires official TOEFL scores from all international applicants. We will also accept the IELTS and/or MELAB in lieu of the TOEFL.
  • Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: 

    Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales.
  • Click here for additional information on English proficiency requirements and exemptions.

5.  Academic Transcripts  

  • You are required to submit copies of transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended, including study abroad and transfer credit.
  • Upload a scanned copy of each official transcript to the online application. DO NOT upload web-generated advising reports, as they will not be accepted. Please note that scanned copies of transcripts are considered unofficial; a transcript is only considered official if issued to The Ohio State University directly from the institution.
  • You will only need to submit official transcripts if admitted to the program. These must be sent directly from each institution attended. Certified English translations must be enclosed if the originals are not in English. Please send transcripts to the following address:

    The Ohio State University
    Graduate / Professional Admissions
    P.O. Box 182004
    Columbus, OH 43218-2646
  • Current or previous OSU students do not need to request an official transcript from The Ohio State University.

6. Three Recommendation Letters

These should be uploaded to the application system by the recommendation provider (further instruction is provided in the application). If sending a hard copy is preferred, the letter should be written on the recommender's letterhead and returned in sealed envelopes along with the recommendation form to the following address:

The Ohio State University
Graduate / Professional Admissions
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus, OH 43218-2646

7. Statement of Intent

  • This is an essay highlighting academic and work experience, career objectives, and motivation for pursuing a PhD.

8. Resume/CV

The deadline for Fisher’s PhD programs is January 15, 2018. Due to high application volume, please allow up to 10 business days for items to post to your checklist. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for admission without prior faculty approval.