Applying to the online graduate program in WE

Applicants to this program must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or physical sciences and meet other admission requirements listed below. Applicants will be applying to the Master's Non-Thesis degree.

Please review the WE Prerequisite Flowchart (PDF) to determine you eligibility.

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis throughout the year, however we do not admit students to Summer term as no classes are offered. 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


The application process for our online 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.

[See application process for OSU graduate degrees]

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 (, 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 required scores: TOEFL = 79+, IELTS = 7.0, Duolingo = 105+
  • 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.

Graduate Bridge Program (GBP)

For applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement stated above.

Students with a sub-3.0 GPA may petition to apply to the Master's Non-Thesis degree under the Graduate Bridge Program. Admission of a student to the GBP permits our graduate program to closely monitor the student's performance in graduate coursework while allowing the student to make progress toward degree completion.

Petition to enter GBP status

A prospective student with a sub-3.0 undergraduate GPA should petition the Graduate Studies Committee for permission to enter GBP status. If approved, the GSC will alert the student to apply to the graduate program using the standard OSU Graduate School Application.

Form used to petition entry into GBP status

Moving from GBP to degree-seeking status

To move from GBP status into degree-seeking status the student is expected to earn an A- or greater in at least two graduate level Welding Engineering courses. With successful completion of this requirement the WE GSC will petition the Graduate School to change the student's status from GBP to degree-seeking. No transfer of credits from GBP to the degree is necessary; credits earned as a GBP student simply become graduate credits used to satisfy degree requirements.


No longer in use--instructions below were in place prior to February 2022. In 2/22 we implemented the GBP process described above.

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.

We do not wish to bring a student into a situation in 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 ten 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 applies 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). Please note that a second application fee must be paid.

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.



Additional information


Mark Cooper, Graduate Studies Coordinator for MSE-WE

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



Graduate Non-Degree (GND)
Interested in taking just a couple graduate WE courses?

For students who hold a baccalaureate degree wishing to take graduate-level course work, but do not intend to complete a Master's degree.
[See Graduate Non-Degree application process]

  • To be used only if the student wishes to take a limited number of graduate classes (1-3).
  • 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.