ECE Graduate Application Process

New for Autumn 2021 Applicants

Autumn 2021 applicants to the ECE master's or PhD graduate programs are not required to submit GRE scores.


Application Deadlines

Application Term



No admissions

PhD: For fellowship consideration [GRE test scores not required in 2021]

         Other funding consideration & general admission


Nov 30

March 1

MS: For fellowship consideration [GRE test scores not required in 2021]

       (Limited fellowship availability for MS students)

       General admission (applications complete)


Nov 30


Feb 1

To apply:

1. Complete the application online.

  • MS only applicants: On the application, enter in "Program/Plan": Electrical & Computer Engineering-MS. After completing the MS degree, you are eligible to apply for the PhD using an internal ECE application.
  • 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:

  • Statement of Purpose: Upload a one to two page statement which can answer some of the following:
    • What are your career goals after completion of your degree?
    • In your opinion, what are the attributes needed to successfully complete this degree?
    • Describe your most gratifying acadmic acocmplihsment so far, and the methods you have used to acheive it.
    • Descibe any obstacles or challenges that you overcame during your college experience.
    • What are your expectations for your graduate studies experience?
  • 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 issuing institutions.

    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 Ohio State, it is not necessary to send transcripts from Ohio State. However, you must send transcripts from any other institution you attended even if you have sent these transcripts to Ohio State in the past.

3. Pay the application fee. If you have problems applying or paying the application fee, please contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions at

4. Provide letters of recommendation from three sources. Academic sources are preferred.

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 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 Graduate & Professional Admissions instructions and have provided a recommendation.

Hard-copy submission

  • Hard copy recommendations are accepted if references cannot be submitted electronically. 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 School 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. GRE & TOEFL Requirements for 2021 Applicants

  • GRE: 2021 applicants to the ECE master's or PhD graduate program are not required to submit GRE scores.

  • TOEFL: International students who do not have a degree from a U.S. institution are required to submit TOEFL scores.

If TOEFL scores are required, they must be received directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) prior to ECE graduate admissions committee review. Self reported 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:
  • Check application status: 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 Graduate and Professional Admissions
  • Graduate & Professional Admissions documents received electronically at 
    • Use this email to submit electronic documents or when requesting official transcripts and scores by sent when the items are 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 may delay the processing of your application.


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