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ABET Accreditation - Materials Science and Engineering

Further information

For further information on ABET-related activities in the MSE or WE programs, please contact:

Prof. Peter Anderson
MSE ABET Coordinator
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
The Ohio State University
177 Watts Hall
2041 College Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6255

For more information about College of Engineering accreditations, visit

To ensure the highest academic quality and to conform to ABET requirements, the MSE program is organized around our Program Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes.

Program Educational Objectives

The degree program in Materials Science and Engineering seeks to produce graduates who make meaningful positive contributions to our technological society. Within a few years of graduation, we expect our alumni to have:

  1. attained or be successfully moving towards attaining post-graduate or professional degrees.
  2. been appointed to technical, scientific, or business positions in industry, government or academia.
  3. earned recognition for scientific and technical contributions within their employing organizations.
  4. become engaged with and contribute to professional societies and organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes, MSE & WE

The program outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program. We expect the following from MSE and WE students upon their graduation:

a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.

b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

c) An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

d) An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

e) An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

g) An ability to communicate effectively.

h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.

i) A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

j) A knowledge of contemporary issues.

k) An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Additional expectations of our Welding Engineering students are:

l) An ability to select and design welding materials, processes, and inspection techniques based on fabrication and service conditions.

m) An ability to develop welding procedures that specify materials, processes, design and inspection requirements.

n) An ability to design welded structures and components to meet application requirements.

For further details on the 2011 accreditation of the MSE undergraduate degree, and to review the accreditation document submitted to ABET, please contact our department at the address above.

Undergraduate Enrollment by Program and Enrollment Status for Autumn Semesters, Columbus Campus

Pre-Majors Majors Total
72 128 200
Pre-Majors Majors Total
74 129 203
Pre-Majors Majors Total
99 120 219
Pre-Majors Majors Total
74 143 217
Pre-Majors Majors Total
86 127 213

Enrollment Trends

Undergraduate Enrollment Trends
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Majors 110 128 129 120 143 86
Pre-Majors 89 72 74 99 74 127
Graduate Enrollment Trends
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
PhD 93 86 85 87 97
MS 22 12 15 23 14


Degrees Conferred

Undergraduate Degrees Conferred
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
32 40 49 68 41 66
Graduate Degrees Conferred
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
PhD 15 21 13 13 13
MS 23 14 30 17 28