MS Program Admissions Overview

Thank you for your interest in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at The Ohio State University.

If you are just starting your search, take a look at Current Research, Graduate Research Areas and Welcome from the Chair. These will give you an idea of the scope and size of our program.

For a complete list of Master of Science (MS) applications requirements and deadlines, please refer to Application Process.

An overview of MS admission requirements include:

  • A

    bachelor of science degree in electrical, computer engineering or related field

  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale

    • For more information see 2016 MS Admission Statistics below

  • The cumulative GPAs from all undergraduate and graduate work are used for the admission review

  • The quality of the school(s) where the applicant has studied

    • For US institutions, a ranking by US News & World Report is important

  • The applicant’s recommendation letters

  • GRE scores, especially from the quantitative or math section

    • ALL MS APPLICANTS need to submit an official GRE score

    • The scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Ohio State Graduate Admissions office

    • Please see below for some exceptions for Ohio State University ECE undergraduate applicants

    • No GRE subject tests are required

  • The TOEFL score in English comprehension is required for applicants who graduated from schools outside the U.S.

    • Internet based test (IBT) preferred score is 92.

      • For information about the IELTS and MELAB, please see FAQ #9

    • The scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the OSU Graduate Admissions office

The GRE is required for the MS admission application.

Exceptions to the GRE requirement apply only to ECE Ohio State University undergrads who meet the following criteria:
  • 100% of credits completed at Ohio State with:
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  •  60 or more Ohio State credits completed with:
    • Ohio State cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • 30 to 59 credits completed at Ohio State with:
    • Ohio State cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher and   
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • GRE scores are required for Fellowship competition (Please discuss with your potential faculty advisor)

Please note: GRE scores will make your applicaiton more competitive

2016 MS Admission Statistics:

  • 1249 total applications received for Autumn 2016
  • Approximately 10% admission rate
  • Those offered admission in 2016 include:



GRE Quantitative Score








Factors that influence an admission outcome:

  • Strength of previous academic program(s) and institution(s)
  • GPAs obtained in all post-secondary academics
  • GRE scores, especially in the math or quantitative section
  • Letters of recommendations
  • The competitiveness of the pool of applicants for the year
  • English proficiency scores, if applicable
  • Applicant’s additional experience

ECE strives for diversity, including underrepresented US applicants, and a balanced international population.


You can contact Beth for information about the MS application process or degree requirements.