Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. A GRE or GMAT score is required for admission to most graduate programs with some exceptions. Please confirm whether your program requires a GRE or GMAT score at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp Specific GRE/GMAT section percentiles are required for consideration for many Fellowships. See http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu/graduate-school-fellowships-for-first-year-graduate-students.html for details. You will be considered for a Fellowship by your graduate program and the Graduate School if your application is complete, you are a good candidate and you fit the criteria outlined on the Graduate School website. GRE/GMAT Scores are not required for students pursuing a tagged degree in Art, Dance, Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design, Music and Theatre performance.
Yes. To receive consideration for University Fellowships, applicants are required to have the testing agency report their scores directly to the The Ohio State University (ETS institution code #1592). Photocopies of TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, GRE or GMAT scores are not considered to be official and are not acceptable substitutes for official scores. The only exceptions to this policy are for those applying to the MFA in Dance, Art or Theatre, the Master of Music (performance), Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design and Doctor of Music.
For the majority of students, The Ohio State University does not admit applicants who have not met the requirement for proof of English proficiency. If your TOEFL score might (or will) arrive after a published application deadline, you should discuss this matter with your program. See http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp for contact information. Conditional Admission pending receipt of an acceptable toefl, is an option for applicants whose program deems it to be appropriate.
No. The Graduate Admissions Office can not waive a GRE or GMAT test score requirement. When your prospective graduate program has listed the GRE or GMAT as an admissions requirement it is expected that you will take the test. You may contact the Graduate Studies Committee Chairperson to discuss whether your application will be considered without the test scores. Note: If you have below a "B" average on all undergraduate university level work, then a GRE or GMAT score is absolutely required and cannot be waived under any circumstances.
We will not forward a copy of your score report to another institution and will not accept one from another institution.Official scores are reported to OSU in electronic format, without paper copy. A score report is considered to be official only if it is sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). If you need to order additional score reports, you can contact ETS.Please be aware that TOEFL and IELTS test scores are only valid for two years, and may not be re-ordered after they expire. GRE and GMAT scores may be re-ordered for 5 years.
Most international students are also required to take a written English composition placement test when they arrive at Ohio State. You may be exempt from this requirement if you: 1) Were previously enrolled in an academic program at Ohio State2) Are a citizen of the following countries or regions: Australia, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Liberia, United Kingdom (English, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), The Commonwealth Caribbean, and the United States3) Score 650 on Paper-based TOEFL(PBT);114 Internet-based TOEFL(IBT) 4) Score 95 on the MELAB test, or 90 overall and 90 writing subscore 5) Score 9.0 on the IELTS (Overall Band Score)6) Score 8.0 on the IELTS (Overall Band Score) and 8.0 Academic Writing module
To determine if Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores are required to support your application, contact your graduate program. Graduate requirements, deadlines and contact information may be found at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.aspYou are required to submit GRE or GMAT scores if your undergraduate GPA is below the minimum of 3.0/4.0, or if you hold a degree from an unaccredited college of university. In this case, the Graduate School requires a GRE or GMAT score, even if the graduate program does not, and the score requirement may not be waived.
One cannot apply for conditional admission. Conditional admission is initiated by the Graduate program to which you apply. It is only possible for applicants who have insufficient TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores but meet ALL other admission requirements. Applicants without current English proficiency test scores or the other admission requirements, are not eligible. Conditional admission must be approved by the Graduate School as well as your Graduate Program.Graduate degree applicants with a TOEFL iBT score of 61 or higher, but lower than Ohio State’s required 79-80 iBT (equivalent to a paper-based TOEFL score of 500 or higher, but lower than 550), an IELTS score of 5.0 or higher but lower than 7.0, or a MELAB score of 69 or higher but lower than 82, may be recommended by a graduate program for admission with English proficiency conditional admission pending Graduate School Approval. See details: http://www.gradsch.osu.edu/conditional-admission-english-proficiency.htmlConditionally admitted students are required to enroll in Ohio State’s intensive English language unit, the American Language Program (ALP), with the aim of achieving within one semester the required TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, or whatever score is required by their graduate program. Conditionally admitted students may not enroll in any other Ohio State courses while studying in Ohio State's American Language Program. If and when the student passes this language threshold, he/she will be expected to enroll as a degree student in the admitting program starting immediately the following semester, which may not be later than the second semester after beginning ALP.
Please use code 1592 for Ohio State University. Do not send scores directly to the graduate program office. If you do, they will not be attached to your applicant record.
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 are exempt from taking an English proficiency test if they have held the Green Card 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.
The Ohio State University Graduate School does not specify minimum scores on the GRE or GMAT. However, the graduate program to which you are applying may have a minimum test score requirement. Contact information for all graduate programs may be found at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp
Success at Ohio State depends upon the student's ability to converse in, write, and understand English. To assure such competence, the university normally requires any applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S., to submit recent, official scores of at least 550 on the paper-based (79 on the Internet Based TOEFL) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)or at least 82 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or 7 on the International English Language Testing System(IELTS)exam. The test must have been taken within the last two years. Your intended graduate program may require a higher score. Ohio State does not conditionally admit applicants who have not met the requirement for proof of English proficiency. Applicants who have been educated primarily in one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL or MELAB requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States.
No. Selecting only institution code 1592 ensures that the scores for GRE and TOEFL are received centrally, quickly, and are available to any graduate program to which you apply.
No. We do not accept score reports of institutional tests from other institutions.