Graduate Application Process

Application Deadlines and Notification Dates

All Candidates

JUL 26 | Design Online Application System Opens 
OCT 21 | Graduate Visitation Day
JAN 07 | Design Online Application System Closes 
FEB 27 | Candidate Interviews Complete 
MAR 31 | Notification of Acceptances 
APR 15 | Candidates Provide Confirmation of Attendance

Additional Dates for Fellowship Candidates

DEC 01 | Complete International Fellowship Applications Due 
DEC 07 | Complete Domestic Fellowship Applications Due
MAR 12 | Fellowship Results Notified 


To apply, please follow these important steps in order:

Step One: University Application

Apply to the Ohio State University Graduate School through the Graduate 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 the Graduate School, please contact them via email, at

Step Two: Department of Design Application

Approximately two business days after you have completed the online university application process 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
R. Brian Stone, Graduate Studies Chairperson, at

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