Priority application deadline is April 2, 2021. Final application deadline is June 1, 2021.

Online program availability may vary by state. For more information on state authorization requirements and disclosures related to online programs, please visit:

The following application materials are required:

Completed Application

After submitting your application, you will receive an email the next day from the admissions office instructing you how to check the status of your application online. This email is very important, so if you do not receive it, check your junk mail folder first and then contact the Graduate Admissions Office at Do not assume that your application is complete until you have confirmed it by checking the status. The department and the university are not responsible for alerting you if something is missing.

Application Fee

  • $60 domestic
  • $70 international


Upload one transcript from all previously attended institutions with your application. Scan all pages of the transcript including the back. The admissions office will not accept advising reports or web printouts. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required.

Optional Official Miller Analogies Test (MAT) OR GRE Scores

Beginning autumn 2020, the MAT or GRE is now optional. Applicants who choose to take an exam must have their official scores sent directly to Ohio State.

Scores are considered official if they are sent to OSU directly from the testing service. For the MAT, use school code: #1574; for the GRE, use school code: #1592. 

Official TOEFL Scores

The TOEFL scores requirement applies to all applicants from a country where the first language is not English, unless a degree was earned in an English-speaking country. A minimum score of 100 on the iBT is required for admission. The Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy does not accept the IELTS or MELAB.

School Code: #1592

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with your academic program, scholastic ability, or professional performance. These letters are extremely important and you are advised to select recommenders who are familiar with your best work as it relates to your scholarly and professional goals.  It is strongly advised that you inform your recommenders of the application deadline date and submit your application well in advance of the deadline.


A resume of your educational background and professional experience.

Statement of Intent

No more than 3 typed pages of the following:

  • Your professional goals as an arts educator and the relationship of your prior academic and professional experience to those goals.
  • Academic and professional preparation not evident from other credentials submitted.
  • Anticipated use of graduate study in pursuit of the stated goals as well as why you are applying to The Ohio State University.

Writing Sample

Approximately 6-20 pages in length; for example, publications, manuscripts, conference papers, papers from advanced courses, or you may submit an essay on a policy issue related to the Arts or to Arts Education of approximately six pages in length. All writing samples must be in English. Do not submit more than 20 pages.


Complete the application and choose the Online Master's subplan.

Having trouble with the online application? Contact Graduate Admissions at or 614-292-9444.