Checklist for Applicants

Items needed for complete application to the doctoral program

All items should arrive by December 3 for all applicants, if you are to be eligible for admission in the following Autumn.

Submitted to the Admissions Office:

  • The completed application form. (Be sure to check "PhD" and "financial aid" boxes.)
  • An application fee
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Admissions will allow you to upload scanned copies, but we require official transcripts sent to Admissions. These can be hard copies or official digital transcripts.
  • Three letters of recommendation (to be submitted via the online submission form).
  • Brief statement of purpose of your educational goals and objectives (to be uploaded with the application form).
  • A CV or resume of no more than two pages (to be uploaded with the application form). 
  • Optional: sample of your work (to be uploaded with the application form). 
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report (have Educational Testing Service (ETS) send scores directly to Ohio State Admissions. Make certain that you put in the correct Institution Code (R1592), so that the scores are routed appropriately).
  • If applicable, official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report (IELTS and MELAB are also acceptable). If you are a non-native speaker but have a degree from an institution in an English-speaking country, then this requirement is waived.

Notes on the application

  • While there is no hard minimum for GRE scores, applicants who meet the requirements for a University Fellowship  (A 75th percentile average on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative components and a 4.0 on the Analytical Writing component) are more competitive.
  • We prefer candidates that meet one of the following standards of English proficiency: TOEFL: 600PBT, 100IBT, MELAB 86, IELTS 8.0

Note on Transcripts:

We require official transcripts during our review process. A scanned copy of your transcript is not official for our purposes because you have had access to it- official copies must be issued by your institution and remain sealed until we receive them. If your institution issues official pdf transcripts, we will accept those as well (have them sent to

Contact Information


Admissions Office Mailing Address (Domestic mail):
The Ohio State University
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
PO Box 182004
Columbus, OH 43218-2004


Admissions Office Express Mailing Address (International mail):
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
SAS Building
281 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1132


Department of Linguistics Address:
The Ohio State University
Department of Linguistics
Oxley Hall
1712 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210 USA

fax 614-292-8833