Distance Learning: Graduate Study

100% online Master of Science in Welding Engineering

The domestic and global demand for welding engineers is increasing dramatically. The purpose of this program is to provide a welding engineering curriculum resulting in a Master of Science in Welding Engineering (MSWE) degree that is accessible to applicants from around the world. This program is designed for individuals who are working in a welding engineering or welding-related job and wish to achieve a graduate degree, or obtain graduate credit, in Welding Engineering, and for those who wish to retrain for a welding engineering related position. All the courses offered through this program are available online.

Applicants to this program must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or physical sciences and meet other admission requirements listed below.


Students admitted to the Welding Engineering Distance MS program pursue the MS Non-Thesis option.


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Tuition and fees for Distance Learning students are billed at the in-state rate, regardless of the student's citizenship or location. 


The application process for our Distance students is the same as that used by applicants to the on-campus program; no special application is needed to enter the Welding Engineering Distance Learning program. The OSU Graduate Admissions Application requires a number of supporting documents. Along with the application form itself, you will be asked to prove a certain level of academic competency by providing such items as transcripts, general test scores, references, etc.

Important: it is critical that you inform the MSE-WE Graduate Program Coordinator, Mark Cooper, that you wish to pursue studies in the Distance Learning program. Distance Learning applications are processed in a different manner than "on-campus" applications. Contacting Mark permits faster processing of your application.

The application path to be taken is decided by the student's desired goal:

  • Graduate Non-Degree (GND)
    For students who hold a baccalaureate degree wishing to take graduate-level course work, but who do not intend to complete a Master's degree. [See Graduate Non-Degree application process]
    • Students who do not meet the minimum requirements, but petition the WE Graduate Studies Committee, may be asked to enroll for a time as a GND student. This will permit the GSC to evaluate the student's apptitude in grad-level course work. [Admission criteria below]
    • If a GND student wishes to later pursue a Master's degree,
      1) the student must apply via the OSU Graduate School application process (and pay the application fee) and
      2) no more than 10 credits earned in GND status may be applied toward the Master's degree requirements.
    • Acceptance into GND status does not imply future admission to the degree-granting program.
  • Graduate School
    For students seeking to earn a Master's degree (non-thesis) in Welding Engineering.
    Applicants must meet minimum admission requirements to be considered for direct admission into the degree-track program. Applicants to the Distance MS program make use of the standard OSU Graduate School application process. [See application process for OSU graduate degrees]

Application deadlin​es
Applications are accepted on an on-going basis throughout the year. Applicants should submit all necessary documents no later than six weeks before the start of the semester of interest.

  • Autumn Semester begins in August
  • Spring Semester begins in January
  • Summer Semester begins in May

Admission criteria

Students wishing to enroll in the MSWE Distance Education degree program must meet the criteria established by The Graduate School and the Welding Engineering Program at The Ohio State University. In general, applicants are expected to have (see also WE Prerequisite Flowchart (PDF)):

  • An earned baccalaureate (B.S.) degree in engineering or physical sciences from an ABET-accredited college or university by the expected date of entry into the MSWE program.
  • Applicants with non-engineering degrees—including welding technology*, math, physics, chemistry, or other relevant fields—must have prior course work which includes:
    - calculus and differential equations,
    - calculus-based physics,
    - a general chemistry course,
    - statics and mechanics of materials, and
    - an intro to materials science course.

    * Welding Technology-- Students who hold a Bachelor’s Technical degree may or may not be qualified for direct acceptance into the degree track. Please contact Dr. Avi Benatar, Director of the WE Distance Learning Program (benatar.1@osu.edu, 614-292-1390) and provide details confirming that the course work listed above was completed as part of your degree (include a transcript).
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent, in all previous undergraduate work.
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous graduate work.
  • Minimum English language requirement for applicants whose first language is not English. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 is required.
  • The GRE General and Subject tests are not required of our applicants.
  • Life experience & certifications: welding training, certifications, and/or work experience cannot be substituted for a Bachelor's degree.

Apply to GND then to MS

Prospective students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements

View WE Prerequisite Flowchart (PDF)

The Graduate School at OSU will not permit the admission of an applicant who does not meet the GPA requirements described above. However, if the WE Graduate Studies Committee submits a petition requesting a waiver of the GPA minimum, the Graduate School may allow the admission of an applicant with a sub-3.0 GPA.

While it is our desire to make courses available through the Distance Learning Master's program, at the same time we do not wish to bring a student into a situation for which s/he is unable succeed. In order to 1) confirm the applicant will do well in the grad program and 2) provide a sufficient basis for a petition of the Grad School, the WE Grad Studies Committee has established the following procedure for applicants whose qualifications do not meet the minimums stated above:

  1. The student applies to the OSU Graduate Non-Degree program and, following admission to the GND, secures a WE faculty member as an advisor.
  2. The student provides a tentative course plan for the non-thesis Master's to the WE Grad Studies Committee (GSC) after consultation with the advisor.
  3. The student is to take two graduate-level Welding Engineering courses, earning a minimum grade of A- in each course. [Up to seven semester credits can carry over with the student from GND to the degree program to apply toward the MS requirements.]
  4. The student is to petition the WE GSC to apply to the MS Non-Thesis degree program.
  5. With WE GSC approval, the student may apply to the WE graduate program by means of the standard OSU Graduate School application process (typically occurs during the term prior to that proposed for admission to the MS).

Completion of these requirements does not assure admission. These grades and scores provide the basis on which the WE Grad Studies Committee will petition the Graduate School to permit the applicant's admission. With the Graduate School's approval an admission may proceed. Please direct questions about minimum admission requirements to the MSE-WE Graduate Program Coordinator, Mark Cooper.



For more on our WE graduate program:



To apply to the online Master's degree at Ohio State an applicant must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, math, physics, chemistry, or other relevant field.

View WE Prerequisite Flowchart (PDF)


Mark Cooper, Graduate Studies Coordinator for MSE-WE

Dr. Avi Benatar, Professor
Director, Welding Engineering Distance Learning Program