Studying a Postgrad Program in Ohio

Ohio is a state on the northeastern edge of the Midwest region of the United States, on the southern shores of Lake Erie. Ohio is also known as the “Buckeye State”, after the Ohio buckeye, a deciduous tree of the horse chestnut family, which is found scattered throughout the state on low-lying land alongside rivers and creeks. According to the United States Census Bureau, Ohio has a population of approximately 11.6 million and the three largest cities in the state, by population, are Columbus, the state capital, Cleveland and Cincinnati. The state takes it name from the Ohio River, which flows out of Pennsylvania, forming the state boundary between Ohio and West Virginia and Ohio and Kentucky, then joining the Mississippi River in Illinois. Ohio is one the great industrial states of America, with an economy based on manufacturing, service industries, agriculture and mineral production.

Where Can You Study A Postgrad Program In Ohio?

Ohio supports one of the five largest state university systems in the country, and is widely known for the diversity of its schools and colleges. Here is a brief summary of some of your options:

Ohio State University: Ohio State University, which has its main campus in the state capital, Columbus, is ranked 16th in the United States, according to US News & World Report. Graduate students can choose from over 200 masters and doctoral programs, some of which have fewer than 10 students. 

Moritz College of Law: Named after alumnus Michael E Moritz, who donated $30 million to the law school in 2001, the Moritz College of Law is located on the main campus of Ohio State University in Columbus. The student body numbers approximately 570 and the College is consistently the top-ranked institution of its kind in Ohio.

Case Western Reserve University: Case Western Reserve University was formed by the federation of Case School of Applied Science and Western Reserve University in 1967 and, today, is an independent research university located in Cleveland, Ohio. According to US News & World Report, it is the top-ranked university of its kind in Ohio. Over half of the student population at Case Western is made up of graduate or professional students.

Oberlin College & Conservatory: Oberlin is comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music and, by its own admission, highly selective. The College occupies a 440-acre residential campus in the city of Oberlin, 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, and has a total student population of 2,900. In the 2017 edition of “Best Colleges”, Oberlin College is ranked at 24 in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category.

University of Cincinnati: The University of Cincinnati is a longstanding public research university in central Cincinnati, between the neighbourhoods of CUF (Clifton Heights, University Heights, and Fairview) and Corryville. The University of Cincinnati has a student population of over 44,000, offers over 250 graduate programs and, according to US News & World Report, ranks ‘among the top tier of the Best National Universities’.

Tuition Fees & Living Costs in Ohio

The tuition fees in Ohio are quite reasonable when compared to the rest of the United States – as an example let’s look at the fees for Ohio State University. According to the latest figures at Ohio State University the basic tuition fee for a single international student is $30,169 for an academic. Meanwhile US students who already live in the state Ohio pay $10,037, while those who live outside the state will pay $28,229.

As for living costs – these too are reasonable when compared to the rest of the USA. According to Sperling’s Best Places, Ohio has an overall cost of living below average for the United States as a whole. The cost of healthcare, utilities and transportation are only just below the national average, but housing costs, including mortgage and rent payments and property tax, are significantly below. The PayScale Cost of Living Calculator suggests that housing costs in Cincinnati, for example, are 21% below the national average. According to Rent Jungle, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Columbus, Ohio is $832 per month.

Admissions & Applications For International Students In Ohio

Each university in Ohio has its own applications and admissions requirements. For a postgraduate program you’ll probably need a good bachelors degree or equivalent qualification, and maybe to take an admissions test, the results of which will be sent to the university. Most postgraduate applications will also include an application form, a personal statement, letters of recommendation and an application fee, typically between $50 and $100. 

If you want to study in the United States and you’re an international student, you’ll also need to demonstrate proficiency in English. For further details of English qualifications for postgraduate students, please click here. International students will also need proof of enough funds to cover the costs of their tuition fees as well as their living costs for the duration of their postgrad program.

Interesting Ohio Alumni

The universities of Ohio have many famous and successful alumni from all walks of life. American television producer Barry M Meyer, who served as Chairman of Warner Bros. Entertainment, is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University; American lawyer Elizabeth “Beth” Walker, who won a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court in May 2016, is a graduate of Moritz College of Law; and German-American songwriter, composer and actor Albert Hague was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

Student Case Study

Lauren Turkisher, a graduate of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University said, “I have learned not only the basic technical language of business at Weatherhead but also the softer skills needed to excel as I progress in my career. In particular, the focus on leadership development, including emotional intelligence, will prove to be invaluable.”

What Can You Do In Ohio When You Aren’t Studying?

Ohio offers plenty of interesting activities to do when you’re not studying. There are great opportunities to relax or to left off steam, if that’s what you want to do. The sandy beach and resort towns on the shore of Lake Erie are among the top places to visit in Ohio. Cedar Point Amusement Park, in Sandusky, just an hour west of Cleveland, is the largest of its type in the world, while Hocking Hills State Park, 55 miles southeast of Cleveland, is a must for outdoor enthusiasts.

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