Application Procedures


Procedures for applying

The Department strongly prefers graduate students to matriculate in the Autumn Semester, although it will consider applications for the other semesters.

Application deadline for students requesting fellowship consideration and priority department funding: December 31, 2018

The entire application, including letters of recommendation, needs to be completed by the deadline. Only applications received by the deadline will be considered for fellowships and other funding. Applications received after this date may be considered for admission without funding, but full consideration is not guaranteed.

International students are encouraged to apply for admission. International applicants are required to complete a financial affidavit once they have been accepted into the program. This extra step may lengthen the application process and international students are therefore encouraged to apply early. Click here for information that is particular to international applicants.

Application materials

A complete application consists of the following materials:

  • A completed Ohio State University Graduate School Admission application form (a web form available here);

  • Transcripts for all previous post-secondary academic work; Please upload color copies of transcripts and make sure that they are readable before you submit them.

  • Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test;

  • Scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) (international applicants only);

  • A statement of intent in English;

  • A curriculum vitae;

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with the applicant's scholastic ability (preferably professors or other college instructors). At least one of these letters must provide a detailed evaluation of the applicant's knowledge of Russian based on recent knowledge;

  • A sample of academic writing in English (typically, an essay or term paper written as an undergraduate or MA student, preferably on a subject related to Russian or Slavic studies).

How and where to submit materials

All parts of the application must now be submitted through OSU's online application system. Applicants can upload all  documents (including transcripts) with their online application. The application and supporting documents are uploaded into an imaging system which will allow the graduate admissions committee to access the documents.

Official GRE and TOEFL/MELAB test scores must be sent electronically directly from the testing center, but applicants will have an opportunity to submit unofficial scores with the application.

For applicants who are admitted to the university, OSU will request a hard copy of official academic transcripts before enrollment at the university.

In accordance with Graduate School policy, applicants may NOT submit letters of recommendation themselves. Letters of recommendation must be received directly from the letter writer. The letter writer can either upload his/her letter to the online application system directly (after the applicant completes the application form), or can send it in by post. We recommend using online letter submission. See Tips for Completing the Online Application for instructions.


The Graduate Studies Chair will contact prospective students who are short-listed for admission to arrange an interview with the Graduate Studies Committee. During the interview (which can be by telephone, over Skype, or in person), the Committee will examine the applicant's level of proficiency in Russian.