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 program accepts applications only for the Autumn Semester of the upcoming academic year. The deadline for Regular applications is December 5. We will accept Standby applications through January 26. 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 system

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 PhD program.

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
    • Duolingo score of 105 or higher
    • 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 Residents (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. 
    • More information is available at

Application Process

Carefully read the instructions below and follow each of the steps listed as you complete your application.


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 (if applicable)
  • 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.

  • The campus for all applicants is Columbus.
  • When selecting the program, your choices are MATH-PHD or  AQRM-MAQRM. The PhD has a mandatory sub-plan option to select: Theoretical Math or Applied Math.
  • Ultimate Degree Objective is optional.
  • US students from underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to indicate their ethnicity and race. This information is essential in order to be eligible for possible Graduate Enrichment Fellowships which provide full funding without teaching obligations for one or more years.
  • 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.

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 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 additional recommenders. To add, edit, or delete a recommender: 


All applicants must submit a list in PDF format of relevant coursework. The list should be generated using the web application at: .

The resulting PDF file needs to be saved to your local computer and then uploaded in the Graduate Admissions website as an additional document. This is the strongly preferred form of our admission committee and other submissions are generally discouraged. 

If you are, however, unable to generate your course list using the application, you may create one using other software provided the list contains the same educational information, including topics and grades, and is similar in formatting.  Please carefully review these  Formatting Instructions. The list you submit should look like this Course List Example created with the web application.

Tabular listings, such spreadsheet exports and office document tables, are generally strongly discouraged and may be considered unacceptable. This applies especially of table rows and columns are broken over several pages and become very difficult to decipher for our committee.

The coursework list is often considered the most important and informative document of an application. It is thus critical that this is prepared with care and sufficient details, especially by applicants who do not submit test scores. 


Applicants must attach digital copies of the following documents to their application. Please limit each to a maximum of 3 pages if possible. All documents below must be submitted in PDF format.

  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume.
  • 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.

After you submit an application, you may go back and add additional documents. To add additional documents after submitting your application:

  • Wait until after you submit and the application posts, and you receive your OSU name.#. Go to and activate the username.
  • Log into your Document Uploader using your Ohio State username and password.

Applicants are required to submit a copy of an official 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:


PhD Applicants should not submit or self-report GRE General or GRE Subject Test scores through the university application website. The scores will normally not be considered for admissions decisions by our committee. 

If you have a special reason why you wish to submit your score please contact us at in order to be redirected to an internal online form. It will still be at the discretion of the committee whether to consider scores submitted in this manner. We anticipate this to occur only in borderline cases where questions about the quality of a program or inconsistencies in an applicants records surface. 

MAQRM Applicants should not submit or self-report GRE General or GRE Subject Test scores through the university application website. The scores will normally not be considered for admissions decisions by our committee. 

International Students applying to either program need to submit TOEFL or IELTS/MELAB Scores.

In order to submit ETS administered scores (GRE or TOEFL) use the institution code 1592 for Ohio State. Please select mathematics (0703) for the department. Any questions about ETS score submissions and receipt can be sent to

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

MAQRM applicants only: GRE/GMAT scores should be sent directly by the ETS testing agency to Ohio State Graduate Admissions. You may use 0701 for the GRE department code. 


Once all fields have been filled and documents attached, applicants will be prompted to submit payment. The Ohio State University charges a non-refundable 60 USD fee for domestic applicants and 70 USD fee for international applicants. PhD program applicants who have financial needs may apply to have their application fee waived via our department's fee waiver request form. Please note that the waiver request should be completed prior to submitting the graduate program application and no later than November 30.

After the application is submitted, 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 materials, should contact for assistance.



Our department will organize visitation events for admitted students during the spring. We have not yet decided whether these will be in-person, virtual, or both. 

You are always welcome to let us know that you would like to set up phone or Zoom meetings with our faculty, staff, and/or students. Please understand that this has no bearing on our admission decisions. All admitted PhD students will be invited to a group "campus visit" event during the month of March in order to help make their decision by the national deadline of April 15


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