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This page includes answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about applying to the Communication and Development Studies Program.

Q. I am an international applicant, do I need to take the TOEFL exam?
A: In almost all instances, yes, including in advance of, or very soon after, the application deadline if you want to have a chance of receiving financial aid. You can also take the IELTS exam. For further information regarding Ohio University policies regarding English language proficiency, please see the  Graduate College Website.

Q. How many students admitted into the program are offered financial aid?
A: Most are offered aid of some form.

Q. Can I apply to start the program during spring semester?
A. Typically no. Students accepted into the program must start classes in the fall semester.

Q. When is the application deadline?
A. Applications should be submitted by January 1. However, applications for an upcoming fall semester may be reviewed through mid-February. To be fully considered for and have the best possible chances of receiving financial aid, applicants should meet the January 1 deadline.

Q. I am a U.S. citizen, should I apply?
A: Yes. While the Comm Dev program attracts students from throughout the world, U.S. students add to, and benefit from, the dynamic and multi-cultural nature of the program. Many U.S. students who enter the program either pursue careers in international development, or enroll in PhD programs. Many of our outstanding graduates hale from the U.S.

Q. Does the Communication and Development Studies Program require GRE scores for admission?
A: No.

Were all your questions answered here? If not, please feel free to contact the Director of the Comm Dev program, Dr. Lawrence Wood, at woodl@ohio.edu





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