Ph.D. Admission Requirements

The Ph.D. program in Italian is a “direct-admit” programs, meaning students with either a Bachelors or a Masters degree may apply to be directly admitted into the Ph.D. program. We offer no terminal Masters program in Italian, but students who enter without an MA and who fulfill all the requirements of the first two years of their PhD program will earn an MA degree on their way to the doctorate. In French we offer both a “direct-admit” Ph.D. program and a Masters degree program.

Admission Requirements

1. Admission of students to the Ph.D. program in French and Francophone Studies or Italian Studies is the dual responsibility of the Graduate School and the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School. Applicants must apply online at the Graduate Admissions website:  (GSH, Section II).

2. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (with a minimum score of 550 on the paper test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the Internet-based test) or the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (with a minimum score of 82) is required of all applicants from countries where the first language is not English, unless a degree was earned in an English-speaking institution.

3. Regardless of their TOEFL score, 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 OSU) or the SPEAK test or, in some cases, by passing the mock-teaching test (both of which are given at OSU). Students whose English has not been certified cannot be employed to teach in the Department, so students are encouraged to take the TSE before arriving on campus if possible.

4. All applicants must submit at least two brief samples of academic or formal writing, one in French or Italian and one in English.

5. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required only of applicants (domestic or international) 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.