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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 reliable 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 current application fee is $60 USD and is not waived and is non-refundable. An individual application and fee is required for each application submitted. Applying for multiple graduate majors requires multiple applications and fees.

Documents Needed for Application Review:

  1. Academic Records/Transcripts 

  2. Test Scores

  3. Letters of Reference

  4. Resident Alien/Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)

  5. Financial Documentation (INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY)

  6. Other materials may be requested by the program; please contact your graduate program for further instructions.

Do NOT send secondary school records.

  • 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 cannot upload application materials until  after your application has been submitted and processed. You will receive instructions about the document upload system via email.
  • 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.  Further information about what is required for an OFFICIAL academic record can be found in the Newly Admitted section.


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.

Test Scores

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

Engineering applicants (except Water Resources Engineering applicants)

Please note that all engineering applicants must use the letter of reference system provided as part of the engineering supplemental application for admission. You are welcome to scan and upload other documents at this site.

Non Engineering applicants

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 him or her to submit a confidential electronic letter for you. Electronic letters are added to your file within one working day.

If you want to use this system, but do not submit information about your reference writers on your application, you can do so by logging in to the letter of reference system as noted in an email sent when you submit your application.  If you do not receive this email or have problems logging in to the system please contact graduate admissions.

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.

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.  

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  • Writing Samples for some programs

  • Program Specific Forms

Contact your proposed graduate program if you have questions regarding program requirements.