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.

Admission Requirements

1. Admission of students to the Ph.D. program in French or Italian 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 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.

3. 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, or at least a 7.0 on the IELTS exam unless a degree was earned in an English-speaking institution. Read more about the English Proficiency Requirements.

4. 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.

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

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 Candidacy examination.  Students not familiar with word processing and computers must take an appropriate course during their first semester of graduate work.