M.A. Admission Requirements

1. In accordance with the rules of the Graduate School, admission of students to the program is the dual responsibility of the Graduate School and the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee. 

2. Applicants will generally be expected to have majored as undergraduates in the area chosen for graduate study.  

3. A cumulative point-hour ration of 3.0 or above (or its equivalent from foreign institutions) is required for work done as an undergraduate. A cumulative point-hour ratio of 3.3 (or its equivalent from foreign institutions) is required for work done at the graduate level.   

4. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants who are graduates of institutions where the primary language of instruction is in English, and of international applicants whose Grade Point Average from all previous higher-education institutions, when converted to the American 4 point scale by the Graduate School, is lower than 3.0. Students should strive to do as well as possible on all parts of the examination, since strength of GRE scores is considered an important factor for admission.

The Graduate School requires the following minimum scores:

550 Paper-based TOEFL
79 Internet-based TOEFL (IBT)
82 MELAB
7.0 IELTS

5. To fulfill the Spoken English Requirement, new international graduate students for whom English is not the first language must certify their proficiency in spoken English before assuming GTA duties involving direct student contact.  They may become certified by scoring acceptably on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) (taken before coming to Ohio State) or the SPEAK test or, in some cases, by passing the mock-teaching test (both of which are given at Ohio State).  Students whose English is not certified cannot be employed to teach in the Department.  

6. All graduate students must be computer literate—i.e., they must be able to use an appropriate word-processing program for all written work in the department, including the M.A. examination.  Students not familiar with word processing and computers must take an appropriate course or receive appropriate training during their first semester of graduate work.

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