Admission Process



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Applicant Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet all Graduate School and Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) requirements. These include holding a bachelor's or professional degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all previous undergraduate work and 3.2 for all previous graduate work. In special cases, however, students with undergraduate GPAs less than 3.0 can be considered for admission. Graduate School's application process and criteria


International Applicants: November 30

Domestic Applicants: December 13

Rolling admission is not accepted for the MA in Slavic and East European Studies. Rolling admission is only available for Foreign Area Officers, or applicants to the Mid-Career Professional Track in Slavic and East European Studies. For the MA in Slavic and East European Studies, applications are accepted only for fall admission with a November 30 deadline for international applicants and December 15 for domestic applicants. While the MA in Slavic and East European Studies requires no specific prerequisite courses, in order for a student to pass successfully the language requirement, each student should have at least two full years of language instruction or the equivalent level of language skills. In addition, students are expected to have taken courses that give them a base knowledge of the region on which they are to focus. Special exceptions may be made, especially in cases where a student has received a degree from a college or university that has a small amount of course offerings on the subject that the student wishes to pursue.

Application Procedure

The Ohio State University's (OSU) Graduate School application is fully online. A complete application package for both the Graduate School and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies consists of:

  1. A completed OSU Graduate School Admission application;
  2. Transcripts for all previous academic work*;
  3. Current and official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (optional);
  4. A two-page, double-spaced statement of intent that explains why the applicant wishes to pursue a graduate program in Slavic and East European studies, including career goals, special interests, and probable major field of study;
  5. Three letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with the applicant's scholastic ability;
  6. A five- to 10-page, double-spaced writing sample; and
  7. A current resume or curriculum vitae.

All of the above application materials may be submitted online through the online application system. Letters of recommendation can be submitted directly to the Center for Slavic and East European Studies in instances where online submission is not possible. Graduate Admissions must receive the online application, copies of transcripts, and GRE scores if they are to be considered, before an application will be reviewed for admissions. The Graduate Studies Committee for the MA in Slavic and East European Studies will review the application package, including letters of recommendation, statement of intent, writing sample, and resume or curriculum vitae only after the Graduate School has determined that the applicant meets basic Graduate School admission requirements.

*Applicants can upload to the online application unofficial copies of transcripts that will be considered sufficient for review. Once the applicants are admitted to Ohio State and accept the offer of admission, they will then be required to supply official copies before they can matriculate. Advising Reports are not considered unofficial copies of transcripts and will not be accepted.

*Note that the GRE is now optional. An excellent GRE score may improve a candidate’s chances for University Fellowship funding.

Students interested in applying for the CSEES MA should also review the Funding Section for more information on funding opportunities. All applications for the MA in Slavic and East European Studies are encouraged to apply for FLAS Fellowships. Although letters of recommendation and the statement of purpose can be used for both applications, all prospective students must fill out a FLAS Fellowship Application.

Questions on the application procedure can be directed by email to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Maryann Walther-Keisel, at or by calling (614)292-8770.