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Course enrollment

Enrollment for our new students is a two step process. We ask that you first register for a minimum number of credit hours prior to finding your advisor so that your full-time student status may be established with the university.

Then after you have found an advisor, and determined which courses you should take, adjustments can be made to your schedule prior to the start of classes.

International students: you can not register for any credits until you have completed the Office of International Affairs New Student Orientation. You should, however, activate your OSU account prior to arriving at OSU.

Activate your OSU internet account

Before arriving, you must activate your OSU internet account. An e-mail/internet account is provided to all OSU students. The user name and password you establish for this account will permit on-line access to such things as course scheduling, grades, course web sites, and other important web-based resources provided by the university.

To activate your account, please go to the following web site:

  • Go to my.osu.edu and click on "Activate Now!"
  • Please use the OSU ID and password provided to you by the Admissions Office when you applied to the university and by which you have checked the status of your application. The email confirming receipt of your application contained your OSU ID (username), in the form "lastname.#", and a temporary password. Please use these to activate your account.

If you are unable to activate your OSU account from off campus, that is not a problem. Upon your arrival on campus you may use one of the public computing sites to activate your account.

Enroll in a minimum number of credit hours

For students studying on-campus who will be funded by a GRA and/or a Fellowship:

[International students: you can not register for any credits until you have completed the Office of International Affairs New Student Orientation. Once you have completed this orientation, please follow the steps below.]

If you have an advisor or hold a Fellowship

Please register for the following credit hours for your term of admission. Doing so causes you to be registered as a full-time graduate student. You'll add graded graduate-level courses after you arrive and meet with your advisor.

If funded by a Graduate Research Associate (GRA) position, please register for

  • 1 credit of MSE or WE 7895
  • 7 credits of MSE or WE 6999 under your advisor
  • [8 credits is the minimum needed to activate GRA funding in AU and SP terms]

If awarded a Fellowship, please register for

  • 1 credit of MSE or WE 7895
  • 11 credits of MSE or WE 6999 under your advisor (If you do not yet have an advisor, please register under Dr. Suliman Dregia [MSE] or Dr. Stanislav Rokhlin [WE])
  • [12 credits is the minimum needed to activate Fellowship funding in AU and SP terms]
  • Fellowship awardees should enroll in these credits whether or not s/he has an advisor.

If you do not yet have an advisor

If you do not yet have an advisor--which is typical of our new students--please do not enroll in any credits until you have 1) found an advisor and informed Mark Cooper and Mei Wang or 2) been instructed to enroll either by Mark Cooper or Mei Wang. Placing a student on an advisor's funding account is preferred over a department-funded account, so we wait for the student to either 1) join a research group or 2) we come to the end of the first week of a term.

Steps involved in course enrollment:

  1. Go to Buckeyelink.osu.edu
  2. Select My Student Center under the "SIS Student Center" section.
    [Note: detailed instructions for the use of the Student Center are available there as well. The video is especially helpful.]
  3. Please enter the username (lastname.###) and password you established when you activated your OSU internet account. This will bring you to your OSU Student Center page, the home page of your OSU account (see above). It allows you to add/drop courses, check your account balances, update contact info, and more.
  4. Click Add a class under the "Academics" section. This takes you to your course shopping cart (if you've ever bought anything on line, this process is very similar).
  5. Choose the desired term. [Continue]
  6. Find a course using the search option (or enter a class number if you have the individual course indentifier). To search:
    • Select the course subject, such as Materials Science and Engineer.
    • Select a course number search parameter such as is exactly, is greater than or equal to, etc. For example, enter "6999".
    • Course career should be set to [blank], the top option in the list--this allows both undergrad and grad courses to be displayed.
    • Campus = Columbus and "show open classes only" are set as defaults.
    • Additional search criteria allow you to be more specific in your search.
    • Click the green Search button.
    • Important tip! Results displayed for courses with multiple offerings are truncated to display only the first three items. Click the View all link to display all offerings of a given course.
  7. As you find the courses, click the green select class button to add the course to your shopping cart. You may be prompted to enter the number of units--in the case of 6999.
    [You are not yet enrolled in the course.]
  8. When you have finished adding courses to your shopping cart, click the green button Proceed to Step 2 of 3. This will take you to a confirmation screen.
    • If you are blocked from enrolling please obtain a Course Enrollment Permission slip from the staff in 143 Fontana Lab (or download). In many cases, Mark Cooper can sign for you to enter a course. The signed form is to be taken to the Graduate School, 247 University Hall, to complete enrollment in the course.
  9. Click the green Finish enrolling button to confirm your enrollment in these courses. This will display the "View results" page which will alert you to any enrollment problems. From this page you'll be able to view your class schedule, make account payments, etc.

Additional help with registration:

Your fees

Once registered a total fee amount for the term will be generated. If you hold a GRA or Fellow position, all tuition and academic/lab fees will be paid by the GRA/Fellowship. This academic fee authorization is not instantly applied to your account, but will be applied before the end of the second week of the term.

Student fees. There are, however, student-related fees of approximately $290 per term which are not paid by the GRA/Fellowship. These fees will be totaled, divided in fourths, and automatically deducted from each of your monthly paychecks during the term.

These fees include:

Health Insurance premiums. GRA and Fellowship positions pay 85% of the student's OSU Student Health Insurance premiums. Premiums are paid during Autumn and Spring semesters, but cover the student for a full year (i.e., Summer term as well). GRA/Fellowship students are responsible for 15% of the Autumn and Spring premiums, approximately $180/term. This fee, too, is divided in fourths and deducted from the monthly stipend payment.

Finding an advisor

MSE-WE does not assign new students to an advisor; instead, we ask that you meet with each of the faculty who have openings. The professor you work with will act as your academic and research advisor during your graduate studies at Ohio State.

Review the list of available GRA positions and meet first with faculty who have openings in your area(s) of interest. If, after meeting with these professors, you do not have an advisor, please meet with the remaining faculty on the list who have openings and come to an agreement to work with one of these faculty. You are required to find an advisor from the list of openings provided. This should occur during your first term of enrollment.

Every effort is made to match you with a project in your field of interest. However, we have only a few positions, each of which has a narrow research focus. Therefore, you may find that the area of research you will be working in is not an exact match with your interests.

When you have found an advisor, inform the department Human Resources officer in 177 Watts Hall and Mark Cooper in 143 Fontana Lab.

Degree guidelines

Degree guidelines detailing course requirements are available in the "Enrolled" graduate student section of our site. These pages provide requirements to earn an MS and/or Ph.D. degree in MSE and in WE.

Which courses should I take?

Before registering for academic classes, you must first discuss with your advisor which courses you should take (thus you can not register for graded classes until you have an advisor). It is very unlikely that you would be closed out of a course due to late arrival; graduate level courses rarely fill to capacity. A typical course load includes:

  • Two or three graduate level academic classes
  • Research credit hours (called "6999")
  • One hour of MSE or WE 7895, a seminar/colloquium class required of all MSE and WE graduate students during Autumn and Spring terms.

Further details on registration will be provided when you arrive in the department.

What courses are available?

MSE & WE course descriptions and terms of offering
The MSE and WE curricula offer a wide range of courses. Additionally, you can enrich your knowledge through exposure to other disciplines at OSU.

What counts? Program courses at the 5000 level and greater count toward fulfillment of that program's graduate degree requirements. Courses outside the program may also be applied to your degree. Assuming that they are relevant to your field of study, courses at the 5000 level and above outside the program may be used to satisfy degree requirements.

MSE and WE 7895 & 6999

Registration in two courses is required of all on-campus MSE and WE graduate students; for MSE students, MSE 7895 & MSE 6999 and for Welding Engineering students, WE 7895 & WE 6999. Further details will be provided after you arrive in the department. Distance Education students are not required to enroll in these courses unless instructed to do so by an advisor.

MSE 7895

See MSE 7895 seminar schedule
MSE 7895 Seminar and Colloquium Series is a discussion of current thesis problems, outstanding current literature, and related topics. MSE students and invited speakers provide our graduate students with current information on research in the field of materials science.

Registration for this course is required of all MSE graduate students every AU and SP term of enrollment at Ohio State, unless prior release is granted by the MSE Graduate Studies Committee.

WE 7895

WE 7895 Seminar and Colloquium Series is a discussion of current thesis problems, outstanding current literature, and related topics. Invited speakers provide our graduate students with current information on research in the field of Welding Engineering.

Registration for this course is required of all on-campus WE graduate students every AU and SP term of enrollment at Ohio State, unless prior release is granted by the WE Graduate Studies Committee. Enrollment in WE 7895 is not required during the student's final term in the degree program.

WE 7895 Seminar and Colloquium is organized by Dr. Stanislav Rokhlin. Please contact Dr. Rokhlin for our upcoming Welding Engineering seminar schedule, as well as, course policies and speaker information.

MSE or WE 6999

Enrollment in MSE 6999 Research in Materials Science and Engineering or WE 999 Research in Welding Engineering is required of all on-campus MSE and WE graduate students earning an MS with Thesis or a Ph.D. (MS without Thesis students are not required to register for 6999). The number of credits for which a student registers does not reflect the number of hours the student will spend in research.

GRA's: Students classified as GRA's are to register for the maximum number of 6999 credits allowed in your schedule. In other words, each term MSE and WE grad students should use this formula: (graded grad credits + 7895 + X# of 6999) = 16 total graduate credits.

Fellows: Students classified as fellows are to register for no more and no less than 12 total graduate credits each term on fellow status (i.e., [graded grad credits] + 7895 + 6999 = 12).

Summer term enrollment. Credit hour limits differ in Summer term. You will be instructed as to the number of credits for which you are to register in Summer term.

MSE Instructional Assistance

MSE grad students have as a curricular requirement service time as an Instructional Assistant. Instructional Assistance (IA) credits are earned while assisting the faculty in the instruction of various courses in the MSE curriculum. This assistance is expected to take, on average, 6 hours of the student’s time per week during the term of service. Students earn two graduate credits per term of service. Two terms of service are required of our Master's students; Ph.D. students are required to serve for a total of three terms.

Note: students do not register for IA credit every term; typically students are given an IA assignment after being in the department for one to two terms.