Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is the minimum GRE score to be accepted?
    The general GRE is required and the subject (Physics) test is strongly recommended. There is no minimum requirement for acceptance, but assistantships will be offered to candidates selected based on all application documents.
  2. What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score to be accepted?
    If English is not your first language, an official TOEFL score of 90 (internet based test) or IELTS score of 7.0 (overall band score) is needed to satisfy English proficiency requirements.
  3. Are you accepting applications for Spring admission?
    We will be accepting applications only for Fall (August) admission.
  4. What is OSU's GRE institution code?
    OSU's GRE institution code is 6546. We recommend a department major field code of 0899 (Physics and Astronomy - Other).
  5. What is OSU's TOEFL institution code?
    The TOEFL institution code for OSU is 6546. We recommend a department code of 76 (Physics).