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How to Apply

The Ohio State University application for Graduate School is completely online. The following items are required of all applicants unless otherwise noted. All application materials must be submitted electronically unless otherwise noted. The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering does not accept mailed documents. In the event you need to send something via postal mail, please send it directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

Required Application Documents

  • Statement of Intent (1-2 pages)

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Copy or scan of all official transcripts (front and back of each page) from all institutions attended. Advising reports, web reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credits on another school’s transcript are not acceptable. Scanned transcripts, whether received through Central Application Services (CAS) or directly from the applicant, will be used for evaluation purposes and the calculation of GPAs.

    • If the applicant is admitted by our program, the admission will be held as provisional until an official, final transcript is received by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation. Letters should be submitted electronically on institutional letterhead. Each must include a completed copy of the approved University form and at least 1 of the 3 must be from an academic reference (e.g., department chair, classroom instructor or undergraduate / graduate advisor).

  • Official GRE scores reported via ETS.

  • Official TOEFL scores reported via ETS (international applicants only; view list of exceptions.) 

  • International applicants are also required to submit financial documentation to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions after they have been recommended for admission. Additional information is available in the Graduate Admissions FAQs.

Only the documents listed above will be used in the review process.


Updating Your Application

In the event you need to submit updated documents or you need to submit one of the required documents and you did not do so at the time you applied, you can use the Admissions Uploader through the Graduate Admissions Office.


Submitting Hard Copies of Documents

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering strongly encourages applicants to submit application materials electronically; however, we do understand that may not always be possible. In the event you cannot submit documents electronically, hard copies can be mailed to the following addresses:

Regular postal mailing address:

Graduate and Professional Admissions
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus, OH 43218-2646

Express mail address for mailing from outside the U.S.:

Graduate and Professional Admissions
Student Academic Services Building
281 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1132 USA