Learn more about our admission requirements.

  • The Master of Science program is open to applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in a health profession from an accredited institution, as well as certification or registration in one of the health professions.
  • Applicants with a non health background may be considered if clear academic and professional goals have been established prior to applying to the program. 
  • International health professionals are eligible to apply to the program.  However, the ability to practice a health profession varies from state to state.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation are required. For applicants that are five or more years post baccalaureate as well as work force experience must submit an additional recommendation letter and reference from (a total of four recommendations letters and corresponding reference forms) outlining the potential impact of an MS degree on an applicant's career. 
  • Recommendations should come from individuals who can attest to the applicant's strength as a scholar and as a clinician. (For additional requirements, please see the admission checklist)
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • The general Graduate Record Examination is required for all applicants.
  • A statement of intent is required and should include a summary of the applicant's relevant educational and professional career, as well as, an indication of future goals. The statement is reviewed for quality of writing and for appropriate matching between the applicant's stated career goals and the purpose and philosophy of the program.

Application and Admission Information

Application and Admission Information

This page is not for applicants applying to the coordinated graduate program in either medical dietetics or medical laboratory science.  If you are interested in these programs, please visit professional.osu.edu/alliedmed.asp to complete the appropriate application and view application instructions.

General Admission Criteria for the Graduate School

Applicants must submit documentation that demonstrates fulfillment of the following admission criteria:
  1. An earned baccalaureate or professional degree from an accredited college or university or the foreign equivalent by the expected date of entry.
  2. A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative point-hour ratio on the 4.00 scale in all previous undergraduate courses.  Graduate Admissions will determine the GPA and scale for foreign applicants.
  3. Competitive official results from the general Graduate Record Examination.
  4. A minimum of a 3.30 cumulative point-hour on the 4.00 scale in all previous relevant graduate coursework.
  5. International applicants seeking a non-immigrant visa are required to submit to the OSU Graduate Admissions Office:
    1. Affidavit of support and confidential bank statement indicating that financial resources are available to meet the cost of graduate education.
    2. Proof of English proficiency. This applies to any applicant whose native language is not English and who had not received a bachelor's degree or higher in a native English-speaking country. 
    3. Official results from the TOEFL must be submitted.  A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet based test is required.

HRS Admission Criteria 

The MS graduate program upholds the general admission criteria of the Graduate School. The Master of Science program is open to applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in a health profession from an accredited institution, as well as a certification or registration in a healthcare profession. Applicants with a non-health background may be considered if clear academic and professional goals have been established prior to applying to the program. Please visit the "Application Checklist and Process" on this website for more detailed admission information. There are additional specific requirements for the coordinated graduate programs in medical dietetics and medical laboratory sciences. 

 

Required Supplemental Admission Materials 

The statement of intent should explain the applicant's goals in applying for graduate studies in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. This statement should include a summary of the applicant's relevant educational, professional and research experiences, as well as, the applicant's career and professional goals. The statement will be reviewed for the quality of writing and to determine if the applicant's stated goals are in line with the program's purpose and scope. 

 

The three recommendation letters and corresponding reference forms should be completed by individuals who can attest to the applicant's strengths as a clinician and a scholar. Such individuals can be the applicant's professors, clinical instructors or employer. Areas of discussion can include but are not limited to, personal and professional development and follow through, work ethic, interpersonal skills, maturity and attitude toward learning and critical thinking. 

For applicants that are five or more years post baccalaureate as well as work force experience must submit an additional recommendation letter and reference form (a total of four recommendation letters and four corresponding reference forms) outlining the impact of a MS degree on an applicant's career.  

Each letter should be addressed to Dr. Jimmy Onate; HRS Graduate Studies Chairperson (see the checklist for additional requirements). 

Selection of Graduate Advisor

The Graduate Studies Chairperson assigns each admitted student with a HRS graduate faculty advisor. The advisor will be matched to the student according to the student's discipline, area of emphasis and faculty advising loads. The assigned advisor serves as the academic advisor who assists the student in selecting courses and learning experiences. This faculty member can become the student's research advisor.  The student should select a research advisor based on the desired research topic and anticipated type of research.


Application Checklist and Process

Application Checklist and Process

Application Checklist and Process

This process is not for applicants applying for the coordinated graduate program in either medical dietetics or medical laboratory science. If you are interested in these programs, please visit gpadmissions.osu.edu/prof/hrs.html to complete the appropriate application.

Provide the following to:
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2004

  1. Graduate School Application‚Äč (Online application)
  2. A non-refundable $60 admission fee ($70 for international applicants)
  3. One official copy of transcripts or record of marks for each undergraduate school attended, except for The Ohio State University. International students, please include English translation of each and any additional foreign documents.
  4. Official GRE scores. The institutional code is 1592.
  5. Official TOEFL test scores for international students.
Provide the following to:
The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Admission Office
206 Atwell Hall
The Ohio State University
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
  1. Statement of Intent. The statement of intent should include the following information:
    1. Why do you want to complete a MS degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences?
    2. What are the most important experiences that have helped to prepare you for graduate study?
    3. Where do you see your career in 5 - 8 years?
    4. What are your strengths and weaknesses? How will the graduate program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences allow you to utilize your strengths and assist you to address your weaknesses?
    5. Include any unique accomplishments and/or contributions that you have made that were not captured in any of your other admission materials.
  2. Current Resume. The resume should include the following information:
    1. Undergraduate education
    2. Post-baccalaureate course information
    3. Work experience
    4. Community service
Three letters of recommendation, including the graduate reference forms. For applicants with five or more years post baccalaureate as well as work force experience must submit an additional recommendation letter and reference form (a total of four recommendation letters and four reference forms) outlining the impact of an MS degree on an applicant's career.

Application Review

Each application is reviewed by three faculty members of the HRS Graduate Studies Committee; the Graduate Studies Chairperson, coordinator of the focused area to which the applicant is applying and one other committee member. The Graduate Academic Advisor and the Graduate Studies Chairperson select the reviewing faculty members. Review of the application begins when all of the application materials have been received and proceeds to completion in a period of two weeks. Applicants can check the status of their application at http://www.appstatus.osu.edu/.

Graduate Non-Degree Status

Individuals who do not wish to apply to the program at this time, yet would like to take graduate course work within the program or Graduate School may apply for admission as a graduate non-degree student. On verification of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, graduate non degree students may register for graduate level courses. Visit gpadmissions.osu.edu/apply/nondegree.html for an application. If a graduate non degree student later applies and is admitted to a graduate degree program, no more than ten hours of graduate credit accumulated as a non degree student can be counted toward the graduate degree. The appropriate form must be completed by the student and graduate program for this to occur.

Master Degree Requirements

Requirements for Successful Completion of Master Degree

  • In addition to general Graduate School requirements, a minimum of 30 credit hours are required for the program of study.
  • Completion of courses in the core curriculum are required of all students.
  • With advisor assistance, students will select remaining coursework to meet their specific educational and professional objectives.
  • Students must complete a thesis or research project, as well as an oral examination.
  • Students must maintain a final GPA at or above a 3.0 at time of graduation.
  • All requirements for the degree must be completed within five years.

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