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Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

How do I apply?

You can apply online.

Where do I send my application and credentials?

Unless indicated otherwise by the department, applications and credentials should be sent directly to:

Old Dominion University
Office of Graduate Admissions
220 Alfred B. Rollins Jr. Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529-0050

Include your full name and social security number on all documents.

How do I check the status of my application?

Once the application has been loaded into our database system, you will receive an e-mail or post card with instructions on how to track your status online at LEO Online. You may also call the Office of Admissions at (757) 683-3685.

How does my application get to the department?

All applications and credentials are electronically scanned to your Graduate Program Director.

How long before I receive a decision?

Please allow a minimum of 4 weeks from the date in which your application is considered complete. Many departments will not begin the application review process until the official deadline; therefore, some decisions will exceed 4 weeks. If you have any questions, please contact your Graduate Program Director of the Office of Admissions.

Is there an application fee?

There is a non-refundable $50 application fee. However, if you have ever paid the application fee as a previous non-degree or degree-seeking student, or you are an ODU Alumni, the fee is not required.

How many hours can I transfer in to my graduate program?

You are allowed to transfer a maximum of 12 graduate credits, unless previously approved by the Graduate Program Director (GPD). You may want to consult with the GPD before taking any coursework.

Can I apply for more than one graduate program at a time?

No. You must choose one program, however you may contact your Graduate Program Director for permission to take course work in another program area.

What happens if my application is not complete before the deadline?

You may defer your application up to one year from your initial application entry term. Or, the Graduate Program Director may wish to continue the review process past the application deadline date. You must submit a written request to defer your application.

How do I change my program?

Submit a written request to the Office of Admissions. Be sure to include the effective entry term for your new program. You may be required to submit a new application and supporting credentials to fulfill different departmental requirements for the new program.

Can any of the department requirements be waived?

You must contact your Graduate Program Director (GPD) with any waiver requests. The GPD must then send written verification of the approved waiver(s) to the Office of Admissions customer service representative.

What tests are required for admission to a graduate program? Where can I find information on these tests?

The most common admission tests include the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and PRAXIS. For more information on these tests, please visit the Educational Testing Service or contact our Testing Center at (757) 683-3697.

The College Examination Entrance Board (CEEB) code for all standardized test reporting to ODU is 005126.

Undergraduate students must submit the Readmission from Suspension Application. Graduate students must secure readmission approval from their graduate program director. Once approved, submit the respective international application (no fee) to International Admissions. Students in F/J status must submit updated financial documents.

No, but an I-20 or DS-2019 visa document is required, in addition to proof of identity and citizenship.

Yes, ODU offers a payment plan through which tuition, fees and on-campus housing costs may be paid in 4 installments.