Application Process

Application Deadlines

Applications for 2014-2015 will be accepted for Autumn 2014 only. 

Application Term

Deadline

Spring/Summer 2014

no admissions

Autumn 2014
for fellowship consideration


November 30, 2013
 

Autumn 2014
general admission and other funding consideration

March 1, 2014

All applicants must:

1. Complete the application form online at www.gradapply.osu.edu.
 

  • MS only applicants: On the application, enter in "Program/Plan": Electrical & Computer Engineering-MS. After completing the MS degree, you may apply for the PhD.
     
  • PhD applicants: We have two paths to the PhD degree.
    • MS to PhD (for applicants with an MS degree): On the application, enter in "Program/Plan": Electrical & Computer Engineering-PhD
    • BS to PhD (for applicants with a BS degree): On the application, enter in "Program/Plan": Electrical & Computer Engineering-PhD

2. Upload the following required materials with the online application.
Please submit materials in the following order:

  • Research area of interest form: Please complete the research area of interest form and upload it with your application.
     
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a one to two page statement that includes your higher education, any awards and honoraries, area of research interest, what spurred your interest in electrical and computer engineering, and your plans upon receiving your degree. In the case of a master's student, we would like to know if this is the ultimate goal or if there are plans to pursue a PhD.
     
  • Resume: Educational information should include academic institutions attended, the dates attended and grade point average (GPA)
     
  • Transcripts: Scanned copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions are preferred for initial application review. If admission is offered, the OSU graduate admissions office will require official complete transcripts and proof of degree(s) from the issuing institution.

    Please observe the following guidelines when submitting copies of official transcripts electronically with your online application. ECE does not require a separate copy of transcripts.

    Please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations. 

    Send only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

    If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office.

    Electronic submission of scanned official transcripts is preferred. If you can’t submit official transcripts online with your application, transcripts may be mailed to:

OSU Graduate Admissions Mailing Address:
The Ohio State University
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH   43218-2004

Express Mail Address:
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions 
The Ohio State University
S.A.S. Building
281 West Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH  43210 - 1132

For students who graduated from OSU, it is not necessary to send transcripts from OSU; however, you must send transcripts from any other institution you attended even if you have sent these transcripts to OSU in the past.

3. Pay the application fee. Application fee information can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Graduate Admissions website. If you have problems applying or paying the application fee, please contact Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@osu.edu

4. Provide letters of recommendation from three sources. Academic sources are preferred. Letters of recommendation may be submitted electronically. Applicants are strongly encouraged to request that their references submit recommendation letters electronically. The university does not accept e-mail recommendations. Each letter must be attached to an official Graduate School Reference Form, which is completed by the recommender.

  • Online submission
    During the application process, applicants will be prompted to enter the e-mail addresses of their recommenders. The Graduate Admissions Office will automatically send an e-mail to these addresses with details on how to submit an online reference letter and reference form. Applicants are encouraged to contact their references to be sure they received the OSU Admissions Office instructions and have provided a recommendation.
     
  • Hard-copy submission
    Hard copy recommendations are accepted if electronic references are not available. Hard-copy letters of recommendation must be on official letterhead, signed and mailed to the ECE department directly by the recommender in a sealed envelope. Recommendation letters on plain paper are not accepted. Each letter must be attached to an official Graduate School Reference Form, which is completed by the recommender. Letters without Graduate Reference Forms are not accepted.

    Hard-copy recommendations may be mailed to:
    ECE Graduate Program
    205 Dreese Laboratories
    2015 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210

5. Send GRE scores and TOEFL scores to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • Submit official GRE and TOEFL scores, if required; international students who do not have a degree from a U.S. institution are required to take the TOEFL examination.

  • The following students must submit GRE scores:

    • All students seeking a University Fellowship

    • International students who do not have a degree from a U.S. institution

    • All MS and PhD domestic applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.2

    • MS applicants with non-engineering baccalaureate degrees

Note that GRE Writing scores are required for fellowship consideration, so older exams that did not have a writing component cannot be used. Also, if GRE and/or TOEFL scores are required, they must be received directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) prior to ECE graduate admissions committee review. Self reported GRE and TOEFL scores are not accepted.

OSU Graduate Admissions mailing address:
The Ohio State University
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH   43218-2004

Express Mail Address:
The Ohio State University
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
S.A.S. Building
281 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH  43210-1132

6. Save yourself time! Please do not submit the following items:

  • Research papers, theses, etc.
  • Provisional certificates, conference certificates, etc.
  • CDs
  • Bank statements. These will be requested at the time you are admitted, if necessary.
  • Special binding or folders to keep your documents together.

More Information:

Recruiting Engineers Day 2013

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