Tips for Completing the Online Application


All applications for graduate study at Ohio State must now be submitted online. The online application portal is available here. This page contains information that is designed to help you complete the online application form.

1) In the Program/Plan Choice section, choose either "Slavic & East European Languages and Cultures -- MA" or "Slavic & East European Languages and Cultures -- PHD". Students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. but do not already have an M.A. degree should choose the M.A. application. Depending on circumstances, some students who hold an M.A. degree may also want to choose the M.A. application; others may want to choose the Ph.D. application. (Read information from the DSEELC about M.A. admissions and Ph.D. admissions.) If you are in doubt about which application you should fill out, we encourage you to contact the department's Graduate Studies Chair.

NOTE: Do NOT select "Slavic and East European Studies -- MA". This is a separate program on campus, run by the OSU Center for Slavic and East European Studies. The Slavic and East European Studies M.A. is an interdisciplinary program leading to a terminal M.A. in area studies. It is primarily aimed at people whose ultimate goal is to work in intelligence/security for the U.S. government, for non-governmental organizations, the U.S. foreign service, journalism, etc. To learn more about the Slavic Studies M.A., click here.

2) In the Additional Program/Plan Information section, specify a specialization of "Literature" or "Linguistics". These are the two 'tracks' that the DSEELC offers for graduate study. If you are not sure which type of study you want to pursue, list your specialization as "Undecided".

Detailed information about the Slavic literature program is available here.
Detailed information about the Slavic linguistics program is available here.

3) If you are completing the M.A. application, you will be asked in the Additional Program/Plan Information section to specify your ultimate Ohio State degree objective. This is the opportunity for you to indicate whether you intend to go on to a Ph.D. after completion of the M.A. Note that the DSEELC does not normally accept students who do not plan to pursue a Ph.D.

4) In the Combined Degree Programs section, click "No" to the question of whether you are applying to a combined degree program. The DSEELC does not operate a combined degree program with any other unit on campus.

Note that a combined degree program is different than a dual degree program. Students pursuing an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in Slavic literature or Slavic linguistics may choose to simultaneously pursue an M.A. degree in another department on campus. It is also possible to pursue a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization. However, dual degree programs are not part of the admissions process. Once a student has been admitted to and begun graduate study in one department, she or he may then begin the process of being admitted to a second program on campus as a dual degree student. Some information about dual degrees and interdisciplinary specializations is available here.

5) In the Funding Opportunities section, check all four boxes ("Graduate School Fellowship", "Administrative Associateship", "Research Associateship", "Teaching Associateship"). Applicants who are admitted to the graduate program are considered for all kinds of financial assistance. In our program the most common kinds of funding are teaching associateships (serving as "GTA") and graduate school fellowships. Funding is not dependent on proof of financial need; requesting funding does not affect the applicant's chance of admission. For more information about funding opportunities, click here.

6) In the Document Upload section, upload ALL of the documents that are required for a complete application, except letters of recommendation. For a list of required documents, see "Procedures for Applying".

7) In accordance with Graduate School policy, applicants may NOT upload 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, or can send it in by post. In the Letters of Recommendation section, you are asked to list your letter writers and to specify how the letter writer will provide the letter. If you select online submission, an email will be automatically sent to the letter writer, with a link to the website where the letter can be uploaded. We recommend using online letter submission.

Letters of recommendation should be written in English. Translations (if any) must be submitted by the recommenders themselves, along with the letter in the original language; translations provided by applicants cannot be considered.

8) Make sure that you have unofficial copies of ALL TRANSCRIPTS ready to upload when you apply. For example, if you studied abroad and received credit from another university or took some classes at another university where you did not earn your degree, you will need these transcripts in addition to your degree granting institution. Ohio State will require official transcripts if you are admitted, but it is not necessary to submit these when applying. Mailing official transcripts to the admissions office can result in delays to completing your application. 

9) Prompts to recommendation writers will not be sent until AFTER THE APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED! This is an important detail to communicate to those writing letters of recommendation for you. These need to be submitted by the application deadline, so please plan accordingly. Keep this in mind and try to submit the application a couple of weeks before the deadline in order to give your letter writers enough time to complete your recommendations.

10) If you are an Ohio State student, or were previously an Ohio State student, make sure to select the proper application to fill out. If you do not select the proper application, you will not be able to access the application.

11) Make sure that your GRE scores arrive on time. This means allowing at least a month before the deadline for the scores to be sent or to take the test.