We're glad you like what you see at Ohio State.

Our online programs have the same rigor as traditional programs on campus, and we are proud to say that standards for acceptance follow the same requirements for online and on-campus applicants. Below is an outline of the process, which will help you prepare and submit your application to the appropriate college.

Before You Apply


  • Your application deadline will be determined by the program you're studying. You'll apply along the same timeline as on-campus students would.
  • See the university's academic calendar for important university dates, including payment schedule.
  • Select your program below to go to the Graduate and Professional Admissions page for program-specific details.


Distance students are held to the same admissions standards as traditional students. Select your program below to go to the Graduate and Professional Admissions page for program-specific details.

Transfer Credit

Be sure your documentation is in order to transfer any eligible credits you've already earned. 

Find more information about transfer credits for the graduate school.

Unique Student Types

International Students

Applicants whose native language is not English must establish their English proficiency. International Applicants and those who have held the status of U.S. Permanent Resident for less than one year must submit a recent, official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score. Minimum score requirements and other details are provided by the graduate school.

Countries may or may not regulate online education provided to students in their jurisdiction. It is an international student’s responsibility to understand a country’s online degree requirements and whether an online degree will be recognized in the country where the student is located, or the country where the student intends to work.

Military and Veteran Students

The Office of Military and Veterans Services ensures the academic success of Ohio State's military and veteran students. Any student utilizing VA education benefits must work with this office as part of their registration and enrollment in The Ohio State University.

Learn more or contact an advisor by visiting the Military and Veteran's Services website.

Out-of-State Students

Applicants located in a state other than Ohio should check whether a program is authorized in the state where they are located. If you are applying to a program that leads to a professional license, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in your state, and/or the state where you intend to work, to determine professional licensure requirements in that state.

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The Process

The application process will take place through your college or department. It will follow essentially the same procedure for any application submitted by a traditional (on-campus) student, if applicable.

Non-refundable application fees apply and are the same rate for traditional and distance students.

The Application

Not sure where to find the right application?

Select your program below, and we'll take you there. Best of luck!

After You Apply

You can check on your admissions status in your applicant center.

After Admitted

Congratulations on becoming a Buckeye!

Visit your Student Center in BuckeyeLink

  • Check finances
  • Check holds
  • Enroll in courses

Meet with Your Program Advisor

Upon enrollment, you'll be assigned an advisor. Their name will appear in your Student Center.

Contact your advisor for a meeting before you begin your coursework. You can meet remotely via phone call or video conference.

Get to Know the Tech

Visit our Tech Support page to make sure you have the tools you need and get acquainted with the tech services you'll use for academic success at Ohio State.

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