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Requirements for the 2020-21 Academic Year

Application Deadline is January 15, 2020.

All students receive full financial support. Apply online by January 15, 2020.

Please note that each of your recommenders will be automatically contacted with a link to submit their letter of recommendation when you submit your application online.

If you are not ready to submit all of your program documents today, please do submit your application and then upload the remaining program documents later via the document uploader.  Applications are evaluated as soon as all required components are received and the file is complete.  Since some components, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, may take time to be sent out after requested, students should plan well ahead of deadlines.

[To be considered for the additional campus wide fellowship competition, submit your complete application with all supporting documentation by December 15, 2019.]

If you are a student from the TU-Dresden or are on the FLTA program, your application must be complete and all supporting documentation and official test scores must be received no later than March 2, 2020. You will find your online Exchange Student Application link below. Please do not apply through the application web site for degree-seeking students!

Online Application Forms and Supporting Documentation

For All Applicants

  • Upload Transcript(s) from each institution attended where college credit was earned. Unofficial transcripts are accepted at the initial stage of the application process. [The original official transcripts must be submitted directly from the institution only after you are admitted.] The Ohio State Admissions Office will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.
  • International applicants: request certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.
  • official TOEFL iBT* or IELTS scores are required for all international applicants.    * [ The institution code is 1592.]
  • Note: Make certain that transcripts, test scores, and references are actually sent! The Department cannot accept responsibility for soliciting them or for notifying applicants if they are missing.

In Addition, Upload these Program Documents:

Please note: do not mail paper documents to the department.

  • a CV or Resume
  • a Statement of Purpose
    Please outline your academic interests and career plans. Include relevant biographical information related to education, work experience, language knowledge, and study abroad.
  • a Scholarly Writing Sample
    The sample, in English or in German, should be no longer than 30 pages.

Lastly,

  • Three Letters of Recommendation — from individuals acquainted with your academic program and scholastic ability. Note that each of your recommenders will be automatically contacted with a link to submit their letter of recommendation when you submit your application online.


For questions regarding completing your application, visit FAQ - Graduate Admissions Office frequently asked questions

The Graduate Admissions Office will instruct you how to activate your Ohio State Username, after which you will be able to confirm receipt (through the application status link) of your uploaded application materials.

Please note: Make certain that transcripts, test scores, and references are actually sent through your Ohio State application status link. The Department cannot accept responsibility for soliciting them or for notifying applicants if they are missing.

For eligible students: FreeApp program through which an application fee waiver may be requested.