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AU20 Enrollment Guidelines

Be enrolled for AU20 by July 31


We are asking that all students funded by a GRA or Fellowship be properly enrolled for his/her funding type by Friday, July 31. If you cannot enroll by this date, inform Mark Cooper(.73) & Mei Wang(.235) and explain your situation.

All students may make online changes to their schedules through the first Friday of AU20, 8/28. See also the semester add / drop dates below.

Funded student enrollment levels

Funded students (i.e., GRA or Fellow): A student's status relative to passing the Candidacy Exam and type of funding dictate the minimum number of credits required to activate funding.

Please follow the AU20 Enrollment Guide (pdf) to stay above these minimums.

Minimum credits to activate funding in AU20— n e v e r  drop below these credits after the 1st Friday:

  • Post-candidacy PhD = 3 credits (see more detail at the bottom of this page)
  • Pre-candidacy PhD or MS, funded by a GRA = 8 credits
    (if GRA is not administered by the Grad School)
  • Pre-candidacy PhD or MS, funded by a Fellowship or GRA administered by the Grad School = 12 credits

If your credits drop below the minimum needed to activate your funding, the fees will revert to you and you will be responsible for the cost of enrollment.

See also the semester add / drop dates below.

Self-funded student enrollment levels

Examples include Distance Learning, GEACE, company-funded, etc.

Self-funded students pursuing a Master's degree or who have not yet passed the Candidacy Exam may enroll as needed; you are not required enroll.*

Self-funded PhD students who have passed the Candidacy Exam ("PCD") are required to enroll in a minimum of three graduate credits every AU & SP semester through the term of graduation (self-funded PCD students are not required to enroll in SU term unless graduating).

Ref: Enrollment Guide (pdf)

Fee payment deadlines

  • If you are enrolled in AU20 credits on or before Tuesday, August 18, your AU20 fees must be paid by close of business on August 18. Failure to do so will cause a $200 late payment fee to be applied to your account. If you find it impossible to pay by this date, please email Mark Cooper(.73).
  • If you enroll on or after August 19, you will have five business days to pay your fees.

* International self-funded students--different visa types may require minimum or maximum levels of enrollment to maintain the visa status. Please consult OSU's Office of International Affairs (OIA) for guidance.

Need permission to enroll in a course?

If you are unable to enroll in a course due to prerequisite issues, please provide Mark Cooper with the following in a single email:

  1. The instructor’s permission to enroll—this can be a forwarded email
  2. Your OSU Student number (9 digit # on your BuckID)
  3. Course department & number
  4. Class number for the specific section of the course in which you wish to be enrolled
    (be careful to select the class number with the correct “Instruction Mode”, i.e., In-person (meaning on-campus) or Distance Learning (meaning on-line))

MSE graduate elective courses in AU20

View course offerings for AU20 and SP21 in MSE

MATSCEN 5000-level Grad-level courses

All 5000-level lecture courses may be taken for graduate credit. Two new courses are being offered in AU20, if of interest:

5193.02 Additive Manufacturing for Biomedical Devices, 3 cr

  • Instructor: David Dean
  • Offered fully online, register under class #35648
  • Description: Survey of Additive Manufacturing (AM) patient data acquisition and medical device Computer Aided Design (CAD), medical research and clinical grade AM materials and AM fabrication methods, quality assurance/management systems and regulatory (FDA) approval process. [view flier]
  • Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MGEL, MATSCEN, WELDENG, BME, CBE, MAE, or ISE; Undergraduate MSE3141 or Equivalent (Equivalence Approved by Instructor). MSE Graduate students require GSC, Faculty Advisor, and Instructor permission.

5193.02 Ultrafast Laser Materials Processing, 3 cr

  • Instructor: Enam Chowdhury
  • Offered in hybrid format, M & W 3:30-4:50 p.m., register under class # 35827
  • Description: Students are expected to learn some basics of laser, non-linear optics, ultrafast lasers, ultrafast laser materials processing, and hands on experience on how an ultrafast laser works, laser safety and how to characterize it and use it to modify materials.
  • Pre/Co-requisite: grad standing

MATSCEN 6000 & 7000-level Grad-level courses

6730Thermodynamics of Materials, 3 cr--PhD Core

  • Thermodynamics of mixtures and phase equilibria relevant to metallurgy and materials science.
  • Prereq: Grad standing or permission of instructor. 

6735Corrosion Science and Materials Electrochemistry, 2 cr

  • Electrochemistry fundamentals, corrosion thermodynamics and kinetics, experimental approaches, corrosion phenomenology, corrosion control strategies, nonmetallic material degradation, electrochemistry of batteries, fuel cells, and electrodeposition. 
  • Prereq: Grad standing in MatScEn or permission of instructor. 

6740 Practical Scanning Electron Microscopy, 2 cr 

  • NOTE: This course is graded S/U and thus cannot be used to fulfill graded graduate degree requirements.
  • W 10:00-11:50 a.m., meets at CEMAS facility, though the course will have some online aspects.
  • This is a practical course designed to introduce students to basic operation techniques of the Scanning Electron Microscope. At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of 1) the capabilities of an SEM, 2) the types of samples compatible with SEM analysis, 3) how to prepare samples for SEM investigation, 4) how to obtain quality images from various types of specimens, and 5) how to overcome some of the issues encountered while analyzing specimens. Students who pass this course will be allowed to book time on Quanta SEM at CEMAS after demonstrating practical understanding of sample loading and vacuum pumping systems. Completion of this course does not count as training on more advanced SEMs and techniques, but will allow future SEM training sessions to focus on proper analysis of the students’ samples, as opposed to basic microscope operation.
  • Prereq: none. Student advisor approval required to confirm that SEM techniques are an important component of their planned research project (provide to instructors on first day of class). MSE 6741 / 6715 are NOT prereqs.

6741Practical Transmission Electron Microscopy Lab, 2 cr

  • Transmission Electron Microscopy with emphasis on practical methods.
  • T 3:00-5:00 p.m., meets at CEMAS facility, though the course will have some online aspects
  • Prereq: Grad standing in MatScEn or WeldEng; or permission of instructor.

6747, Structure and Defects in Materials, 3 cr--PhD Core

  • Elements of crystallography, structure and defects in solids.
  • Prereq: Grad standing in Chem, Engr, or Physics; or permission of instructor.

6756Computational Materials Modeling 2 cr 

  • Practical computational materials modeling and simulation techniques.
  • Prereq: Grad standing in MatScEn or permission of instructor.


WELDENG graduate elective courses in AU20

View course offerings for AU20 and SP21 in WE
All WE grad courses are available in 100% online format.

7001, Physical Principles in Welding Processes I, 3 cr--Primary Core course

  • Study of the application of physical principles in engineering of arc welding processes and equipment. 
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor. 

7012, Resistance Welding Processes, 3 cr

  • Addresses the fundamentals, theory, and application of Resistance Welding processes, with emphasis on processes, equipment, materials, and quality control. 
  • Prereq: 7002 or 4002, and Grad standing; or permission of instructor. 

7021Solid-State Welding/Joining, 3 cr

  • The welding and joining of materials in the solid state with emphasis on physical processes and metallurgical principles. 
  • Prereq: 7001, 7002, 7101, 7102, 4001, 4002, 4101, or 4102, and Grad standing; or permission of instructor. 

7023, Brazing and Soldering, 3 cr

  • Brazing and soldering processes with emphasis on physical and metallurgical principles, materials, design and application considerations. 
  • Prereq: 7101 or 4101, and 7102 or 4102, and Grad standing; or permission of instructor. 

7102, Welding Metallurgy II, 3 cr

  • Addresses the welding metallurgy and weldability principles associated with stainless steels, and nickel-base, aluminum-base, and titanium-base alloys. 
  • Prereq: 7101 or 4101, and Grad standing; or permission of instructor.

7112, Weldability, 3 cr

  • Teaches the basic concepts of weldability and focuses on failure mechanisms in welded construction. Failure phenomena that occur during fabrication, repair, and during service are discussed. 
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor. 

7201Engineering Analysis for Design and Simulation, 4 cr--Primary Core

  • Fundamentals of engineering analysis of heat flow, thermal and residual stresses, and fracture and fatigue with applications to design and simulation in welding and manufacturing. 
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.

7240Fitness-for-Service of Welded Structures, 2 cr

  • The interrelationship of design, fabrication, nondestructive evaluation, fracture mechanics, and reliability concepts in establishing the overall fitness-for-purpose of welded structures.
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.


UPDATED 9/28/20--Add / Drop dates and other important AU20 dates

OSU students are responsible to adhere to the university’s schedule for the adding and dropping of courses.

Please see the University Registrar Important Fees and Dates (PDF)

The key dates to keep in mind are:

July 31—Be properly enrolled for your funding type per the enrollment guide.

[August 18—Fee payment date for self or company-funded students.]

August 25--First day of AU20

August 28 (1st Friday of AU20)—Last day student may make online enrollment changes in BuckeyeLink.
Add and drop credits on-line through the 1st Friday of a term (8/28).

  • After the 1st Friday, DO NOT DROP ANY CREDITS ONLINE, SERIOUSLY! Talk to Mark first.

    Many students, in a well-intentioned desire to adjust their research credits to meet the 18 credit max, drop all 6999 credits after the first Friday thinking that they’ll just re-add the correct number. However, they find they can’t re-add credits without a paper form. This leaves the student in an under-enrolled status and reverts all the fees back to the student [GASP!]

    The Fixer. So, after the first Friday, email Mark with your planned schedule changes (with all permissions and class numbers) and he will ask the Grad School to make the adjustments to your schedule.

August 29-Sept 4 (4:30 p.m., i.e., through the 2nd Friday)—A course may be added through the 2nd Friday by sending in a single email to Mark Cooper(.73) the following items:

  • the instructor’s emailed permission,
  • the course number,
  • unique class number, and
  • student's OSU student ID number (9 digit # from BuckID)

Mark will forward your email to the Grad School to ask that they add you to the course.

Sept 5—Full-term courses added after the 2nd Friday will be assessed a $100 late add fee per course (beginning 9/5). Check with Mark about how to add credits after the 2nd Friday.

Dropping credits (withdrawing from a course)—be sure when dropping credits to not fall below the minimum needed to activate your funding (see funding levels above).

September 18—the 4th Friday of the term (9/18)…

  • drops on or before this date will not be reflected on the transcript.
  • If dropping a course between the 1st and 4th Fridays (8/29 through 9/18), please send in a single email to Mark Cooper(.73) the following items:
    • the instructor’s emailed permission to drop,
    • the course number,
    • its unique class number,
    • student's OSU student ID number (9 digit # from BuckID)

Mark will forward your email to the Grad School to ask that they remove you from the course.

UPDATED--September 19 through October 30 November 20--Dropping credits after the 4th Friday and on or before 4:30 p.m. on the 10th Friday (9/19-10/30) November 20 will cause a “W” to appear as the grade for the course (a "W" does not lower your GPA). UPDATE: The university has moved the final drop date for AU20 to 11/20.

To drop a course during this period, please send in a single email to Mark Cooper(.73) the following items:

  • your advisor’s emailed approval
  • the instructor’s emailed permission to drop,
  • the course number,
  • its unique class number,
  • student's OSU student ID number (9 digit # from BuckID)

October 31 November 21-December 4—After the 10th Friday (10/30) November 20 a student cannot withdraw from a class.


View the Registrar's complete list of relevant AU20 dates (pdf)

Important Misc.

Help! There’s a hold on my account!

Did you click through the Financial Responsibility Statement to release the hold?

The link for this will be on the right side of your Student Center home page, under either the “Holds” or the “To Do” section. View instructions (pdf)

Register with Engineering Career Services (ECS)

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Engineering Career Services provides information, assistance, friendly support and technology resources necessary for candidates to effectively utilize program services and develop career management skills that last a lifetime. Whether you need a resume consultation, help with job search questions, or assistance with preparing for on-campus interview and recruiting events, we are here to help you!

MSE and WE 7895 Seminar and Colloquium

Both MSE 7895 and WE 7895 will be offered online in AU20. This may allow us to join presentations hosted by other entities, for example, member schools of the University Materials Council. However, these speaking times will probably fall outside of a regular meeting schedule. Speaking schedules are being developed and will be posted on the MSE Department's Events page.

Candidacy Exam and AU20 enrollment

If you have not passed the Candidacy Exam as of Monday, August 24, please enroll for the pre-Candidacy credit amount, per the Enrollment Guide for AU20. If you satisfactorily complete the Candidacy Exam at any point during AU20, between 8/25/20 and 1/8/21 you will enroll in 3 credits in SP21. 

Post-Candidacy enrollment

Three credit rule

After passing Candidacy, the Graduate School requires a student to be enrolled in at least three graduate credits every term through the term of graduation. So, for MSE & WE post-Candidacy (a.k.a. “PCD”) students, the goal is to enroll in three credits; this is the minimum needed to be full-time in post-candidacy and the max that project funding (GRA/Fellowship) must pay.

Typical enrollment for most of our PCD students

  • 1 cr of WE 7895 + 2 of WE 8999
  • 3 cr of MSE 8999

If a post-candidacy student needs to enroll in other credits—for example a class, IA service, Dissertation Overview, etc.—the student should reduce the 8999 credits in order to reach three total credits.


  • 1 cr MSE 8000 + 2 cr MSE 8999
  • 2 cr IA service (6193.01) + 1 cr 8999
  • 1 cr WE 7895 + 2 cr graded grad course (0 cr 8999)
  • 1 cr MSE 8999 + 2 cr graded grad course
  • 1 cr WE 7895 + 3 cr graded grad course *

* Any situation in which a post-candidacy student is enrolling in more than three credits requires prior approval from the student’s advisor (or funding source).

Why—Budgeting for the expenses of post-candidacy students is based on paying for three credits per term. Enrollment at OSU for each credit from 1 to 8 has an increasing cost per credit (see Fee Tables). If a post-candidacy student enrolls in more than the mandated three credits, the funding source is compelled to pay fees for which it may not have budgeted. Unexpected costs may be passed along to the student, so be sure the funding source is willing to pay for additional credits before enrolling.

MATSCEN 8000, MSE Dissertation Overview

Timing--During the MSE Ph.D. student’s fourth year of study--and at least six months before Dissertation Defense--an MSE Ph.D. student is to provide a Dissertation Overview [more].

Post-Candidacy MSE students giving a Dissertation Overview sometime between 8/25/20 and 1/8/21 must register for MSE 8000. This is a one credit S/U “course”, the sole requirement of which is submission of an MSE Dissertation Overview Report form to the MSE Graduate Studies Chair during the term of enrollment. Doing so will allow a grade of S to be posted.

Enrollment in the term of a Dissertation Overview:

          1 cr MSE 8000 + 2 cr MSE 8999


  • Do not sign up if you do not intend to hold your Overview, you don’t want a “U” on your transcript next to Dissertation Overview.
  • Communicate with the GSC Chair if you’re having a hard time meeting deadlines (no surprises, please).
  • DO NOT put this off to the term before or the term of graduation!

Welding Engineering Qualifying Exam (PhD)—during 1st year

WELDENG PhD-track students--WHO WISH TO FOLLOW THE PRE-AU19 CURRICULUM--are required to take the WE Qualifying Examination within the first year of starting the PhD program. The Qualifier has a written and oral portion; the written takes the form of a comprehensive proposal and during the oral portion the student presents and defends this proposal.

The student is to petition his/her advisor to take the Qualifying Exam. The petition is to occur no less than four weeks prior to the proposed examination date. The student must also alert the WE Graduate Studies Coordinator of his/her interest in taking the exam. [more]

Watch your campuses!

Probably not a big deal for grad students, but BuckeyeLink/Student Center no longer defaults its searches to Columbus campus courses. Instead, it provides search results for all OSU campuses. Since there are no grad-level MSE or WE courses offered at Lima or Marion, etc. this won’t be a big deal. However, if you take a course in, for example, the Arts & Sciences College, be sure to specify the campus in the “Advanced Search” fields.



Dates & Deadlines

Review the AU20 Enrollment Guide (pdf)

Faculty advisor for guidance on which courses to take.

Mark Cooper for questions about credit levels, deadlines, and general bureaucracy

AU20 Date Summary

Requirement Deadline
Enroll in AU20 credits 7/31
Request graduation review 8/7
Request Candidacy Exam MSE | WE 8/14
Fee payment deadline  8/18
AU20 start 8/25
Labor Day Holiday 9/7
Apply to Graduate  9/11
4th Friday drop deadline  9/18
Final AU20 drop deadline (updated 9/28/20) 10/30 11/20
Veterans' Day Holiday 11/11
Written exam & Oral portion of 
exam approved
Last day for AU20 in-person classes 11/25
Thanksgiving Holiday 11/26-27
Thesis / dissertation approved
by committee
Last day of AU20 classes  12/4
Commencement  TBD
End-of-term deadline 1/8/21
SP21 starts 1/11