Application Instructions



Thank you for considering applying to our graduate program in Mathematics. Please read all instructions thoroughly before starting this process. The seven steps below detail what you will need to do. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions not answered here. 

International and domestic students have different requirements. These are very important to note. Each degree type has certain specific requirements to take note of as well.

Current and former Ohio State graduate students please contact us for further instructions. 


The Department of Mathematics PhD and MMS programs accept applications only for the Autumn semester of the upcoming academic year. The deadline for Regular applications is December 10. We will accept Standby applications through January 28. However, due to the volume of applications we receive and the time limits we have on making fellowship funding decisions, Standby applicants are reviewed on a space-available basis only. Documents such as transcripts, test scores (GRE and TOEFL / IELTS), and letters of recommendation can arrive beyond the deadline.  However, the graduate recruitment committee can only make decisions based upon complete applications. All documents are to be submitted electronically via the Graduate & Professional Admissions website. If you are interested in both the MMS and PhD programs, please submit a separate application for each program.

The MAQRM (actuarial science) program accepts applications for both Autumn and Spring Semester admission. The international student application deadline for Spring Semester MAQRM admission is October 15. The domestic student application deadline for Spring Semester MAQRM admission is November 24. The application deadlines for Autumn Semester MAQRM admission are the same as those for our other graduate programs.

University Requirements

There are university-wide minimum requirements which are non-negotiable:

  • 4-year Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 3-year undergraduate degrees are not generally recognized by Ohio State as meeting this requirement, though if a 4th year of Bachelor's or Master's level education has been undertaken, that should suffice.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) in the 75th percentile of the grade scale for the last degree earned. For example: the GPA has to be at least 3.0 on a standard 4.0 grade scale. Minima for some international grading systems may be different (e.g., second class/upper division in class system) - please inquire.
  • International students must provide proof of English proficiency within the last two years with one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 79 for the internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test
    • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) exam with score of at least 7.0
    • Exempted are applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales. US Permanent Resident Aliens (Green Card holders) are exempt from this requirement if they have been in the US for at least one year prior to their term of enrollment. Students from US territories such as Puerto Rico are NOT exempted unless they have received a prior degree from an institution in one of the 50 states.
    • Note: International MMS Applicants are expected to present a TOEFL Speak score of at least 28. (Successful PhD applicants typically have speak scores above 20).
    • More information is available at

Step 1

The application process begins online at the Graduate Admissions website.  In the application, prospective students will be asked to provide:

  • Contact, demographic and citizenship information
  • Educational history
  • Test scores
  • Degree desired

Please enter your name exactly as it appears on the biographical information section of your passport. Failure to match that can cause problems with obtaining a US student visa.

If you are a domestic applicant and wish to be considered for underrepresented groups/minority-based fellowships, you will need to answer the Ethnicity portion of the application.

Step 2

  • The campus for all applicants is Columbus
  • When selecting the program, your choices are Mathematics - PHDMathematics - MMS, or AQRM – MAQRMOnly MMS has a sub-plan option to select from: Mathematical Biosciences, Computational Sciences, and Mathematics for Educators
  • Ultimate Degree Objective is optional
  • Minority students (US citizens only) are strongly encouraged to indicate their ethnicity and race. This information is REQUIRED in order to be eligible for possible Graduate Enrichment Fellowships which provide full funding without teaching obligations.
  • Your permanent mailing address is important as that is where all admissions documents will be sent if you are living in the US
  • The email address you enter is critically important, please ensure that it is correct and check it regularly

Step 3

The admissions site also provides an opportunity to request electronic references (letters of recommendation). You should have at least 3 recommenders.  In the application, prospective students will be asked to provide the recommenders':

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Institution address
  • Phone number (with country dialing codes)

Only in the case where it is not possible to use the electronic reference system, recommendations may instead be sent by email ( by using this PDF icon reference form [pdf] with the first page ONLY filled out by you, then sent to the recommender to fill out the second page and attach their letter. The recommender should send it to us directly.

After you submit an application, you may go back and add as many references as you like. Wait until after you submit and the application posts, and you receive your OSU name.# ID.  Go to to activate the username, then:

To Add a recommender:

  • Log into your Application References Summary using your Ohio State username and password.
  • Click the Add a Reference to an Application button.
  • Read the Application References - Instructions and click ACCEPT
  • Enter recommender name, organization phone, mailing address and email address on the Application References - Details page.
  • Select the application and term for which the recommender will direct their letter, and indicate whether or not you wish to Waive Access to view recommendation letters after they are submitted.
  • Check to make sure information is correct and click Save.
  • To add additional recommenders, click OK to access the Application References - Summary screen, then click Add a Reference to an Application.

Step 4

Applicants must attach scans of the following documents to their application. Please limit each to a maximum of 3 pages if possible.  

  • Statement of Purpose 
  • C.V. / Resume
  • List of Math Coursework created using the web application at: (generate and download a course list PDF from this site, and then upload it to your admission application)
  • Other Relevant Documents (optional) Please do not send an entire thesis or a book, we will not read it. Limit to a maximum of no more than 10 pages.

* If your math course list does not fit the dimensions of our template form, it is acceptable to create your own document in its place

Step 5

Applicants are required to submit an official copy of an academic transcript from all previous and/or currently-attended colleges/universities.  Applicants have the option to upload transcripts when submitting the online application, or via email at Graduate Admissions - GPA Docs. The scans should...

  • be of official transcripts, not advising reports or web printouts
  • be in color and legible: if we cannot read the document then we cannot evaluate your credentials for the program 
  • include the back information section as well

You may submit an updated version, if so desired, as newer grades become available. NOTE: If you list a school, we will need a transcript from that school. If your transcripts list another school (i.e. transfer credit situation) we will need a transcript also from that additional school.


Full instructions on how to submit transcripts can be viewed at:

Step 6

Educational Testing Services (ETS) scores should be sent directly by ETS to Ohio State Graduate Admissions. The Institutional code for Ohio State is 1592 (please do not use the major field code, leave it blank). For department code, just enter 0000.

GRE Math Subject Test scores are required of all PhD applicants. Requests for waivers should be submitted through our waiver request web form with a brief explanation as instructed in the preamble of the form.

GRE General Test scores are required for all international students. These are not required for domestic students. However, submission is still strongly encouraged.

Non-ETS scores (IELTS/MELAB) should be sent by the testing agency to the following address:

Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions

The Ohio State University

P.O. Box 182004

Columbus, OH 43218-2004


Step 7

Once all fields have been filled and documents attached, applicants will be prompted to submit payment. By selecting the Mathematics MMS or PhD program you will be eligible for the specially reduced fee of $5.00. MAQRM applicants must pay the regular OSU application fee.

Once the application is complete, students can view their application status on the Graduate Admissions site. Please note that due to the high volume of submissions there may be some time delay in the posting of recently received materials.

Applicants who have difficulty with the online process, or who wish to check on the receipt of their application matierals, should contact for assistance.


You are always welcome to let us know that you would like to stop by and tour the department.  Please understand that this has no bearing on our admission decisions. All admitted PhD students currently residing in the US will be invited to visit campus as a group during the month of March in order to help make their decision by the national deadline of April 15.

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