Application Procedure (External Applicants)

Applicants must submit a formal application through the Graduate Admissions office of The Ohio State University. All applications are completed online at For fall admissions and to be considered for funding, the application deadline is November 30 for international applicants and January 1 for domestic applicants.  If applying for terms other then fall, please follow the Admissions office deadlines for applications.

All applicants must submit:

  1. an admissions application;
  2. official transcripts covering all undergraduate and graduate academic work undertaken prior to application;
  3. curriculum vitae (CV);
  4. an autobiographical and goals essay; and
  5. three letters of recommendation (submitted on the standard form provided by Graduate Admissions).

The evaluation of the applicant's potential to successfully define and conduct doctoral research is expected in the letters from references. All letters of recommendation must be submitted on official letterhead unless submitted through the online system.

The autobiographical and goals essay should be approximately 500 to 1,000 words. It should indicate factors that have stimulated the applicant's interest in science in general and in nutrition in particular. The applicant is expected to provide information about career goals, and areas of nutrition research of special interest including the identification of specific OSUN faculty with appropriate expertise ( Relevant information about undergraduate or graduate research experiences, especially those related to the nutrition sciences, is appropriate. OSUN prioritizes applications based on the student's research interest and advisor availability. Students are highly encouraged to contact potential faculty members and discuss research opportunities before applying. All requirements listed above are the same as, or in addition to, the general Graduate School requirements stated in the Graduate School Handbook. Students should ensure that components of the application packet go to the appropriate offices.

The following should be submitted directly to:
Ohio State's Graduate Admissions office
PO Box 182004
Columbus, OH 43218

  • official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • GRE/TOEFL scores

The following can be uploaded to the Graduate Admissions Office or be submitted directly to the OSUN program office (uploaded to the Graduate Admissions Office is preferred):

  • letters of recommendation
  • autobiographical and goals essay
  • CV