Graduate Application Process


Application Deadlines and Notification Dates

All Candidates

02 AUG | Design Online Application System Opens 
06 JAN | University Online Application System Closes 
14 JAN | Design Online Application System Closes 
28 FEB | Candidate Interviews Complete 
30 MAR | Notification of Acceptances 
15 APR | Candidates Provide Confirmation of Attendance

Additional Dates for Fellowship Candidates

01 DEC | Complete International Fellowship Applications Due 
06 JAN | Complete Domestic Fellowship Applications Due
04 MAR | Fellowship Award Notification 

Please note that there is a Graduate Studies Information Day that occurs on the third Friday in October annually. 

To apply, please follow these important steps in order:

Step One: University Application

Apply to the Ohio State University Graduate School through the Graduate  and Professional Admissions online application process.

This process requires completion of an online application form, along with the following items:

  • Transcripts or record of marks for each university-level institution attended.
  • If you are applying as an international student, English proficiency requirements as outlined by Graduate and Professional Admissions
  • GRE test scores, if your undergraduate, cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

If you have specific questions about the application process with Graduate and Professional Admissions, please contact them via email, at

Step Two: Department of Design Application

Approximately two business days after you have completed the online university application form in Step One above, you will be notified by email of the URL and login process for the Department’s online application system.

The online forms will require the following information:

  • Statement of intent.
  • Applicant Status
  • Financial Aid Interests
  • Academic Backgroud
  • Full Curriculum Vitæ (CV) including recent academic/professional experience, honors, awards, and other accomplishments.
  • PDF of previous transcript, unofficial transcript, or advising report.
  • Portfolio Description
  • Three online references. You will submit the contact information for three individuals who will be automatically emailed to complete your online reference forms.
  • Portfolios and Supplemental Materials
  • An application fee of $10 US.

If you have any questions about the Design department graduate application process, please contact: 

Polly Graham, Graduate Coordinator, at
Peter Chan, Graduate Studies Chairperson, at

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