GE-ACE MS non-thesis degree

The General Electric Advanced Course in Engineering program (GE-ACE) permits qualified employees of General Electric Corp. the opportunity to earn a Master's without Thesis degree in the MSE department (Master's degrees from other departments in the OSU College of Engineering are also available--contact the GE-ACE coordinator for details).

At present, there is no memorandum of understanding to permit a GE-ACE student to pursue an MS non-thesis degree in Welding Engineering. However, a proposal is in development and being reviewed by the Welding Engineering Graduate Studies Committee. For further information, please contact Mark Cooper.

Admission requirements

General application requirements
GE-ACE participants are to apply for admission to the MSE graduate degree program by means of an abbreviated OSU Graduate School application. All GE-ACE applicants to our program are to submit:

  1. OSU Graduate School application (see link above for complete details)
  2. Pay the OSU application fee
  3. Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary (i.e., post-high school) course work to the OSU Admissions Office.

Please note: GE-ACE applicants are not required to submit letters of reference, GRE scores, a resume/CV, and Statement of Purpose.

Advisor

By default, the advisor for all GE-ACE students will be Dr. Perena Gouma. This does not preclude a student from interacting with other faculty and seeking guidance, including the option to have another OSU faculty member serve as a co-advisor with Dr. Gouma.

Proprietary information

The technical report and oral presentation are the basis of the MS Non-Thesis Final Examination. The technical report and oral presentation are presented to the student's MS Examination Committee which is composed of the advisor and one other MSE faculty member. Students must follow GE policy in regard to Approval of Technical Papers and Presentations. Publication and review requirements for projects may dictate restrictions on content. Projects or theses requiring disclosure of GE proprietary information to non-GE personnel will require a Proprietary Information Agreement.

University credit for GE Year 1 and Year 2 courses

GE provides, on-site, a sequence of courses for members of the GE-ACE program (these courses are known as Year 1, 2, & 3 or "A, B, and C"). A total of 9 graded graduate credit hours will be granted by the MSE department for successful completion of Year 1 and Year 2 courses. These 9 credits will be applied toward the 18 semester credits of graded graduate-level course work required as part of the MS non-thesis degree.

GE students are to register for 5 credits of MSE 5193.02 (Year 1 credit, under Dr. Roberto Myers) and 4 credits of MSE 6193.02 (Year 2 credit, also under Dr. Roberto Myers) in the term following their on-campus semester.

General Plan of Study--effective with AU19 curriculum updates

Each GE-ACE student is to develop a plan of study in cooperation with his/her OSU academic advisor. This plan of study should detail how the student intends to meet the MS non-thesis degree requirements within the constraints of the GE-ACE program.

The plan should be submitted to the MSE Graduate Studies Committee Chair before the end of the student's first full term at OSU. Deviation from the plan will require approval from the GE-ACE office and the MSE Graduate Studies Committee.

Download GE-ACE Plan of Study Worksheet (PDF)

 

To earn a Master's degree at The Ohio State University, 30 graduate credits are required.

Typical path:

Prior to applying for admission to OSU, GE students typically have completed their Year 1 and Year 2 courses. GE students are asked to apply to the MS non-thesis (see minimum requirements above) no later than July 31 in the summer prior to the proposed on-campus Autumn enrollment.

Autumn 20##--on-campus semester, full-time enrollment (enroll in at least 12 credits)

  • Submit plan of study to Dr. Gouma
  • Enroll in:
    • 1 cr MSE 7895 Seminar & Colloquium (graded S/U)
    • At least 1 cr of 5000+ graded graduate coursework either in MSE or out of MSE
      • If non-MSE, must be from a relevant, allied field in engineering, math, physics, or chemistry
      • We do not offer any 1 credit 5000-level courses, so realistically, a student will be enrolling in a 2-3 credit course if taken at the 5000-level
    • At least 8 credits of MSE 6000+ graded graduate coursework (3-4 courses)

Spring 20##+1: Graduation semester (18 credits of enrollment)

  • Enroll in 5 cr of MSE 5193.02 & 4 cr of MSE 6193.02--this provides OSU credit for Year 1 & 2 courses at GE
  • Register for up to 9 credits of MSE 6193.01 under advisor (S/U graded)--final term technical report and oral presentation are the basis of this S/U grade
  • The technical report and oral presentation are the basis of the MS Final Examination

Alternative timeline

If the student is not able to complete the needed graded graduate credits in AU semester, any remaining credit needs may be addressed in the following SP semester. Note, though, that this may push graduation out to SU term.

Autumn 20##--on-campus semester, full-time enrollment

  • Submit plan of study to Dr. Gouma
  • Enroll in:
    • 1 cr MSE 7895 Seminar & Colloquium (graded S/U)
    • At least 1 cr of 5000+ graded graduate coursework either in MSE or out of MSE
      • If non-MSE, must be from a relevant, allied field in engineering, math, physics, or chemistry
      • We do not offer any 1 credit 5000-level courses, so realistically, a student will be enrolling in a 2-3 credit course if taken at the 5000-level
    • At least 8 credits of MSE 6000+ graded graduate coursework (3-4 courses)

Spring 20##+1: 

  • Enroll in 5 cr of MSE 5193.02 & 4 cr of MSE 6193.02--this provides OSU credit for Year 1 & 2 courses at GE
  • Complete any remaining graded graduate credits needed to meet the requirements (commute or online)
  • Register for up to X credits of MSE 6193.01 under advisor (S/U graded)--final term technical report and oral presentation are the basis of this S/U grade

Summer 20##+1: Graduation semester

  • Minimum enrollment of 3 cr of MSE 6193.01 under advisor (S/U graded)--final term technical report and oral presentation are the basis of this S/U grade
  • The technical report and oral presentation are the basis of the MS Final Examination

Summary of credits

Description

Minimum Credits

MSE 5193.02 & 6193.02
(Year 1 & 2 courses)
5 & 4
MSE credits ≥ 6000 level 8
MSE or non-MSE credits ≥ 5000 level 1
Minimum graded graduate credit 18
MSE 7895 Seminar & Colloquium 1
MSE 6193.01 Individual Study 9
Any additional letter-graded or
S/U graded graduate credit 
2
Minimum graduate credits for MS 30

 

Questions and petitions

Questions about the GE-ACE program in MSE should be directed to Mark Cooper, Graduate Studies Coordinator for the MSE department. Please contact Mark as well for guidance in the petition of the MSE Graduate Studies Committee to deviate from these instructions. Mark may be reached at:


Pre-AU19 Plan of study (no longer in effect)

Each GE-ACE student is to develop a plan of study in cooperation with his/her OSU academic advisor. This plan of study should detail how the student intends to meet the MS non-thesis degree requirements within the constraints of the GE-ACE program.

The plan should be submitted to the MSE Graduate Studies Committee Chair before the end of the student's first full term at OSU. Deviation from the plan will require approval from the GE-ACE office and the MSE Graduate Studies Committee.

Typical path (updated 2/4/19):

Prior to enrolling in their on-campus semester, GE students typically have completed their GE A & B courses. Following completion of A & B the student enrolls in at least 12 credits of graded, on-campus course work plus 1 credit of MSE 7895 Seminar and Colloquium, as outlined in the table below. Students enroll in the following term for the remaining 17 graduate credits, again, as described below. Early in the second term of enrollment the student provides the MSE Graduate Studies Chair with his/her GE A & B course summaries. These summaries are used as the basis of the student's MSE 5193.02 & 6193.02 grades.

  • Autumn 20##: On-campus semester; full time enrollment (min. 12 graded grad credits + 1 credit of 7895); submit study plan to advisor prior to start of term.
  • Spring 20##+1: Return to GE, enroll in MSE 5193.02, 6193.02, and 6193.01, (total of 17 credits); apply to graduate; submit written document for MS non-thesis; provide oral presentation to advisor.

Note: A student is not required to start in Autumn semester; s/he could start the on-campus semester in Spring and complete the degree in Summer term. Please be aware that 1) no graded lecture courses are offered during Summer term and 2) Summer completion requires the agreement of the student's advisor and MS exam committee member.

Summary of minimum credit hour requirements (semester credits)

A total of 30 graduate-level credits are required to earn a Master's degree at Ohio State. For the MS non-thesis degree available through the GE-ACE program, these 30 credits are to be arranged as follows:

Graded graduate credits

Description

Credits

MSE 5193.02 & 6193.02 (A & B course)

5 & 4

MSE courses ≥ 6000 level

4*

MSE courses ≥ 5000 level

6

MSE or non MSE courses ≥ 5000 level

2*

Minimum graded graduate credits

21

Non-graded graduate credits

Description

Credits

MSE 7895, Seminars in MSE

1 per sem on campus

MSE 6193.01 Individual Study (final term work)

8

Minimum total semester credits required = 30

* Effective AU13: number of MSE 6000+ credits reduced from 6 to 4 and number of relevant, non-MSE credits permitted was increased from 0 to 2.


Though each student's plan of study may vary, our GE-ACE students tend to take 3-5 graduate level courses in their first term in the program. The student then returns to GE to take the B and C courses, registering for MSE 5193.02 & 6193.02 Individual Study (under Dr. Wolfgang Windl) in the term of completion of the A & B courses.

Three terms after initial enrollment in OSU, GE students finish their course work to complete their graded graduate-level course work. In the GE student's final term in the program, s/he is to register for credits of MSE 6193.01 Individual Study under his/her MSE advisor. This provides the student with graduate level credit for time spent developing his/her oral presentation and MS exam written document. A rough time-line is as follows:

  • Autumn 20##: First semester on-campus; full time enrollment; submit study plan
  • Spring 20##+1: Off campus semester
  • Autumn 20##+1: Off campus semester, register for 5 cr of MSE 5193.02 & 4 credits of 6193.02, both under Dr. Wolfgang Windl.
  • Spring 20##+2: Graduation semester which will include:
    - part time course work (commute to OSU or on-line courses);
    - presentation of an oral seminar to the student's MS Exam Committee (as part of final term MSE 6193.01 credits; enroll under advisor; may be presented remotely);
    - MS Exam written document which is a technical report on a topic agreed upon by the student and the MS exam committee.
-->Summary of minimum credit hour requirements (quarter credits)

A total of 45 graduate-level credits are required to earn a Master's degree at Ohio State. For the MS non-thesis degree available through the GE-ACE program, these 45 credits are to be arranged as follows:

Graded graduate credits

Description

Credits

MSE 693A (A Course)

6

MSE 693A (B Course)

6

MSE courses > 700 level

6

MSE courses > 600 level

12

Add'l grad credit (may be out of MSE)

3

Non-graded graduate credits

Description

Credits

MSE 795, Seminars in MSE

2

MSE 793 Individual Study (project work)

10

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Questions and Petitions

Questions about the GE-ACE program in MSE should be directed to Mark Cooper, Graduate Studies Coordinator for the MSE department:

(614) 292-7280
E-mail