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How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the appropriate deadline below.

Spring Semester 2016
(General Admission)
Autumn Semester 2016
(For Fellowship Consideration)
Autumn Semester 2016
(General Admission, GTA,
and GRA consideration)

October 1, 2015


November 30, 2015

(Opens 8/4/2015)

January 15, 2016

(Opens 8/4/2015)

Application Information

Applicants can apply to one of three programs, depending on which field they would like to obtain a degree in. Applicants can also apply to more than one program, however an application fee will be required for each application submitted. The three programs available in our department are:

Apply Online

The Ohio State University application for Graduate School is completely online. All materials should be submitted electronically.

  • Current Ohio State students and former Ohio State students whose last semester of enrollment at Ohio State was less than three semesters from the current semester should apply here.
  • Non-Ohio State students and Ohio State students whose last semester of enrollment was more than three semesters from the current semester must apply here.

The following items are required of all applicants unless otherwise noted. All application materials must be submitted electronically unless otherwise noted.

  1. Statement of Intent
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Areas of Interest Form (Spring 2015 Applicants Only)
  4. One official scanned transcript (front and back) per institution attended
  5. 3 Letters of Reference
  6. Official GRE scores reported via ETS
  7. Official TOEFL scores reported via ETS (International applicants only; for possible exceptions click here)

Any documents submitted other than the required items above will be discarded from your application.

Statement of Intent

Your statement of purpose should be no more than two pages in length, in Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri font, size 10 or 12 font and it should address the following topics:

  1. Why do you want to go to grad school?
  2. Why are you qualified to go to grad school?
    1. Include previous research experience, project teams you've been associated with, jobs you've held, year-long capstone work, other class work, etc.
  3. What do you want to do in grad school?
    1. You should definitely identify a general area of research. Not addressing this question or leaving a very open ended response can hurt your application. The committee reviewing your application wants to see that you have some idea of what you want to do in graduate school.
  4. Identify some faculty members whom you would possibly like to work with in your graduate studies. Having some idea who you would like to work with shows focus and will make you stand out among other applicants who don’t identify that information.
    1. Do you want to become a professor? Work in a research lab? Work in industry? Start your own company? You don't have to know specifically what you want to do after you graduate, but having a general idea lets the committee know you have something in mind and you are going to be working towards that goal.
  5. What do you want to do after grad school?
  6. Do not include "fluff" or filler. Your statement of intent is exactly that, a statement of what you intend to do for your graduate studies. Don’t spend a lot of time explaining why you are interested in engineering. You should spend more time on why you are qualified and what you want to do in graduate school than anything else.
  7. Include a header in your document with your name and what document you are submitting (ex. Statement of Intent) and page numbers if it is more than 1 page.

Note: If you do not upload this document to your application when you apply, please send it to

Curriculum Vitae

Your curriculum vitae (CV) should be no more than two pages in length, in Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri font, size 10 or 12 font and it should address the following topics:

  1. Educational information (school name, thesis topic and advisor (if any), GPA summary and ranking)
  2. Research/Industrial Experience (research publications, project presentations/conferences, industrial projects and internships, research interest areas)
  3. Special skills (programming skills, commercial software, etc.)
  4. Department/University Service (if any)
  5. Extracurricular Activities

Note: If you do not upload this document to your application when you apply, please send it to

Research Area of Interest Form (Spring 2015 Only)

All applicants must identify at least one primary area of research interest via the appropriate form below. Upload this document at the time you apply.


Official scanned copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions are required. Transcripts can be uploaded at the time of applying or sent electronically to We cannot review an application for admission without scanned copies of official transcripts.

Ohio State students: Ohio State students are only required to upload transcripts from other institutions attended, if any. Ohio State transcripts will be obtained internally for the review process and should not be submitted with your application.

IMPORTANT: If admitted, a final official copy of all transcripts will be required at that time by the Graduate Admissions Office. A hard copy is not required as part of the application process.

3 Letters of Reference

Academic sources are highly preferred. These are people such as faculty advisors, professors you have had in class, lecturers, etc. Letter from managers or supervisors is also acceptable but do not carry as much weight as academic sources. Letters from TA’s are not acceptable. Make sure you select individuals who will put the appropriate amount of time and effort into writing a reference letter. Choose individuals who are familiar with you, your work, and with whom you have confidence can write you a strong recommendation. Letters of reference are a way to distinguish you and stand out among applicants of similar credentials. Applicants can check the status of their recommendations via

GRE and/or TOEFL Scores

The institution code to report GRE and/or TOEFL scores for Ohio State is 1592.

All scores are reported to a central database when submitted to Ohio State. Test scores must be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office for processing by the testing service providing the test. Questions about test score submission can be sent to

Note: For more information about the TOEFL/English Language test requirement, please visit FAQ 14.