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Graduate Admissions - Application Process
Application to Oregon State University
Only online applications are accepted. If you are unable to access a form because you lack internet access, or you do not have a credit card for payment, please contact graduate admissions or send a note to our postal address to see if alternative arrangements can be made.
The fee is only waived under special circumstances and is non-refundable. A separate application and fee is required for each application submitted. Applying for multiple graduate majors requires multiple applications and fees.
International degree seeking (including graduate certificates)
Embargoed and Sanctioned Countries
As a national research institution, Oregon State’s activities are subject to restrictions by several U.S. agencies, including the Department of State, Department of Commerce, and Department of the Treasury. This makes it difficult to accept applications from countries that are on the ITAR, EAR, and OFAC watch lists. If you are a citizen of, or were born in, one of the following fully embargoed and sanctioned countries, please contact graduate admissions prior to applying: Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, Syria.
Application materials may be scanned and uploaded into your online application, unless your proposed program directs otherwise. Please contact your graduate program for further instructions.
You can upload application material within your application. Once you have completed the application, you can return to the site to verify that your application materials are complete and upload documents.
If you upload documents to the online application, do not send them to the Graduate School via regular mail or email. Sending duplicate documents slows the processing of your application.
If you choose not to use the document upload system, please send all materials to this mailing address: Graduate School Oregon State University 300 Kerr Administration Building Corvallis, Oregon 97331 USA
If admitted you will be required to submit OFFICIAL documentation of all academic work attempted or completed prior to registration for courses. This includes all official transcripts/academic records, degree statements, test scores, etc. A list of required documents will be included on your formal letter of admission from the Graduate School.
Academic Records / Transcripts
Please provide academic records from each institution attended, showing graded course work for all academic work attempted or completed.
Please provide the front and back of each record if information is included on both sides. Grade slips and/or web-printouts are not acceptable.
If the institution is outside the United States, both an original language version and certified English translation of all academic records and degree statements are required. Please include certificates/diplomas for all degrees earned.
Unofficial test scores will be accepted by the Graduate School for review. However, some programs require official test scores before they will consider the application complete. Please check with your graduate program to inquire whether they require official scores.
GRE: Certain departments and programs require the GRE of all applicants. Address inquiries regarding GRE requirements to your proposed graduate program. The ETS institution code for OSU is 004586. Please use the department/major code 0000.
GMAT: The College of Business requires the GMAT. Please contact the College of Business for further information. MBA contact information can be found on the graduate program page.
TOEFL / IELTS : All applicants whose native language is not English must meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission. The ETS institution code for OSU is 004586. Please use the department/major code 99.
Other tests: Some graduate programs require additional tests. Address inquiries regarding additional requirements to your proposed graduate program.
Letters of Reference
As part of the application for admission, you may provide the names and email addresses of reference writers. The letter of reference system triggers an email to each reference writer and enables them to submit a confidential electronic letter for you. Electronic letters are added to your file once every working day.
If you choose to not use the letter of reference system, please ask your letter writers to mail confidential letters to the Graduate School; these will be added to your file within one week of receipt in most cases. If the program to which you are applying accepts unofficial letters (meaning you handled the opened letters), you can upload letters into your application in the document upload section.
Resident Alien/Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) – If applicable
Applicants who have been granted Permanent Residence in the United States must provide a copy of the front and back of the Resident Alien/Permanent Resident card prior to admission. Applicants who have applied for Permanent Residence, but whose applications have not yet been processed, can instead provide a copy of the USCIS Form I-797C, Notice of Action (A copy of the final Resident Alien/Permanent Resident card is requested when it is available).
Financial Documentation (for International applicants only)
Financial documentation is not required at the time of application. You may scan and upload financial documentation with your application materials OR you may wait until after your application has been accepted by the program.
If your application is accepted, the Graduate School will contact you via email to request the financial materials.
Note: If you will be taking courses as a distance student through OSU Extended Campus, and you will not be entering the U.S., we ask that you complete a certification form but proof of funding is not required. Please contact graduate admissions to request the form.
Other materials may be requested by the program
Additional application requirements vary by program. The processing of your application will not be completed until your program receives all the required documents. For specific instructions contact your proposed graduate program to inquire about requirements.
Graduate applications generally include some of the following:
Statement of Objectives indicating particular fields of interest. This is normally completed as part of the online application but may be uploaded separately into the application.
Writing Samples for some programs
Program Specific Forms
Contact your proposed graduate program if you have questions regarding program requirements.
Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics
Each year, Oregon State University publishes an Annual Security Report to comply with the requirements of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Oregon State University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. For more information, please visit the Office of Human Resources Clery website.
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