Frequently Asked Questions


What is your GPA requirement?

We require a 3.0 and prefer applicants with a 3.4 GPA or higher.


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How competitive is admission? What are my chances for admission?

Only 6–8 percent of our total completed applications are accepted. Admission is extremely competitive. After your application is complete, the faculty in your chosen specialization will all vote on your admission. The following criteria determine if an application will be reviewed:

  • Grade point average
  • GRE & TOEFL scores
  • Strength of the recommendation letters
  • Statement of purpose
  • Number of years of research experience and/or master's degree
  • Number of publications.


How long does the application review take?

Application reviews usually begin in late January. Decisions are not made until most applications are received. Although we do not have a set date for decisions, this process usually takes between 4-8 weeks.


Can I put all of my application materials in one packet?

Yes, you may. However, we prefer that you put the official transcript for the Admissions Office in a separate envelope and write "Admissions Office" on the front and then put it in the larger packet.


Where should I send my application materials?

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Attn: Office of Graduate Studies and Research
217 Lloyd M. Parks Hall
500 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1291

To include your official sealed transcript(s) for the Admissions Office, please attach a note to the envelope inside marked "Admissions Office." We will forward them to Admissions.

If one set of your official transcripts is being mailed directly to the Admissions Office, the address for domestic applicants is:
The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus, OH 43218-2004

For international students, the address:
The Ohio State University
Graduate International Admissions
P.O. Box 182083
Columbus, OH 43218-2083


Can I apply to more than one department or college?

Yes. Students must complete a separate application, pay an additional application fee, and submit official transcripts to each department.


Can I apply for any time of year?

No, we only accept students for the autumn semester. The application deadline is December 15.


Can you please let me know when my materials arrive?

Due to the numerous requests for application updates, we cannot notify prospective students of the arrival of their materials. You can check your application status online at: (you will need your application number).


Can the International English Language Test (IELTS) be submitted in place of the TOEFL exam?

No, we require the TOEFL exam.


Am I still required to take the TOEFL exam if I receive a degree from a U.S. school?

No, the TOEFL would be waived.


Is the Pharmaceutical Administration specialization accepting PhD students?



Is financial aid available?

Students who are accepted into our graduate program are offered a graduate teaching associateship. The stipend includes a full tuition waiver for all three semesters each year, as long as the student is in good standing with the graduate school. Graduate research associateships and graduate fellowships are funded from the faculty, institutional support and private industry.


Do I select a faculty advisor before I enter the program?

No. First-year students complete a rotation with the faculty before selecting a permanent advisor. The selection usually occurs during spring semester.


Do you offer a Master’s degree?

There are two programs that offer an MS degree. The Health-System Pharmacy Administration; applicants must have a degree from an A.C.P.E. accredited college of pharmacy and be eligible for pharmacy licensure in the U.S. The Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research prepares graduates to excel as effective members of the interdisciplinary clinical and preclinical research teams. Our other specializations offer a PhD to incoming students.


Is health insurance covered?

The student health insurance comprehensive plan includes medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage. The University pays 85 percent of the premiums for graduate associates and graduate fellows.


How do I apply for student housing?

The main housing web site can be found here. Off-campus housing options are available through resources such as Craigslist or Apartment Finder.