Alumni: Apply to Ohio State's Online Programs for Free

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Discover your potential and take the first step toward earning your next Ohio State degree or certificate.

As an Ohio State graduate, you are eligible for an application fee waiver* when applying to any of Ohio State's online degree or certificate programs taught by the same instructors who teach on campus. Whether you're looking to advance in your field, change careers, or learn something new, you can choose from a diverse selection of flexible online degrees or certificates. Choose a program that fits your needs.

Application Fee Waiver

If you’re ready to advance your career or enter a new field, Ohio State will waive your $60 application to any Ohio State Online degree or certificate program. Simply check the "Alumni online program applicants" fee waiver box on your admission application.

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Why Ohio State Online?

Flexible and Affordable

Earn your degree 100% online: Most programs have no on-campus requirements.

Designed for working adults: Most of our courses are asynchronous, meaning that you can view lectures and complete assignments on your own schedule within a certain time frame.

No on-campus fee: If you're not using it, you shouldn't have to pay for it. Ohio State Online students do not pay site-based fees.

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Support for Students

World-class instructors: Learn from the same expert faculty who teach on Ohio State's campus

A global network of peers: Learn alongside passionate classmates from around the world.

Tech built for teaching: Technology such as Zoom and CarmenCanvas allows students and instructors to collaborate in real time.


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Ohio State Excellence

Same degree, different format: Ohio State Online students receive the same, respected Ohio State degree as you received as an on-campus student.

Top-ranked programs: Ohio State's online graduate degrees are ranked as some of the top in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Career-ready grads: Buckeyes are some of the most sought-after graduates in the nation, according to The Wall Street Journal survey of corporate recruiters.