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Application Process

Application Deadlines

 

Application Term

Deadline

Spring/Summer

No admissions

Autumn
PhD: For fellowship consideration (PhD applicants only)

         Other funding consideration & general admission

 

Nov 30

March 1

Autumn
MS: General admission

 

February 1

All applicants must:

1. Complete the application form online. It is recommended that applicants submit application and supporting documents using Internet Explorer.

  • 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
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2. Upload the following required materials with the online application. It is recommended that applicants submit application and supporting documents using Internet Explorer.
 

  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a one to two page statement that includes your higher education, any awards and honoraria, 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 Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions will require official complete transcripts and proof of degree(s) from the issuing institution.

    Please see the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, FAQ, Transcripts for instructions to upload transcripts.

ECE does not require a separate copy of transcripts.

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 the Office of Graduate & Professional 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. After the application has been successfully submitted, the recommenders will receive an email from the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions. This email will contain instructions to submit references electronically. Please allow 2 to 5 business days for the recommender instructions to arrive.

Online submission

  • The references will be sent an email requesting a recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to contact their references to be sure they received the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions 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 official GRE scores from ETS:

    • All students seeking a University Fellowship

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

    • PhD domestic applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.2

    • The GRE is required for the MS admission application.

      • Exception to the GRE requirement: OSU undergrads who meet the following criteria:
        • 100% of credits completed at OSU with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
        •  60 or more OSU credits completed with an OSU cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher
        • 30 to 59 credits completed at OSU with an OSU cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher and Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher

 

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. The Ohio State University Code is 1592.

 

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:

  • Answers to application and other frequently asked questions about the ECE program: Frequently Asked Questions
  • OSU Student Financial Aid Information: http://sfa.osu.edu/howitworks
  • Check application status: http://appstatus.osu.edu. You must reference your application number and date of birth to use the online status check web page.
  • If you have problems submitting any application items, please see Contact us at the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
  • Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions document uploader: https://admissions.osu.edu/secure/docus/   
    • Use this website to submit electronic documents necessary to complete your application. Please refer to the Application Requirements tab in your Applicant Center to see what documents are still needed.

      Allow five business days for uploaded documents to be reflected in your Applicant Center. Please upload each document only once, unless it has changed or you are instructed by our office to resubmit. Multiple submissions can delay the processing of your application.