Graduate School Handbook

The Graduate School Handbook contains the rules, policies, and guidelines applicable to the graduate community at The Ohio State University. It is the primary reference guide for graduate students, graduate faculty, and graduate program staff.

These rules, policies, and guidelines are reviewed by the Graduate Council and approved by the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School.

The handbook is regularly updated through the year as the Graduate Council makes or revises rules and guidelines.

Handbook Academic Year 2015-16 (semesters)

Handbook, annotations of changes


Graduate School Handbook, Annotation of changes, 2015-16

Section I

Administration of Graduate Education at Ohio State

Section II


Section III


Section IV

Course credit, marks, and point-hour ratio

Section V

Academic and professional standards

Section VI

Master's degree programs

Section VII

Doctoral degree programs

Section VIII

Special graduate programs

Section IX

Graduate associates

Section X

Graduate fellowships

Section XI

CIC traveling scholar program

Section XII

Petitions: Graduate school rules and graduate associate policies

Section XIII

Graduate Council

Section XIV

Graduate studies committee

Section XV

Graduate Faculty membership

Appendix A

Academic Deadlines

Appendix B

Guidelines for Video Conferencing Relating to Master's and Doctoral Examinations

Appendix C

Research Standards and Misconduct

Appendix D

Guidelines for Student Grievances

Appendix E

Guidelines for Short-Term Absences and Leaves of Absence for Graduate Students Appointed as GAs, Fellows, and Trainees

Appendix F

Appendix F - Graduate Advising Best Practices


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