GE-ACE New Students

Welcome and congratulations on your admission to The Ohio State University's Materials Science and Engineering department! We are excited about your arrival and wish to make your transition to graduate student life here at Ohio State as smooth as possible. The items below are listed in the general order they should be addressed, from first to last.

MSE faculty advisor The academic advisor for our GE-ACE students is Pelagia-Iren "Perena" Gouma. Dr. Gouma has worked with many of our GE students and is familiar with the proprietary information restrictions often faced by our students. Other MSE faculty may serve as a GE student's advisor, but this may require approval by GE.

Arrival dates

The first day of Autumn term 2021 is Tuesday, August 24.

Please make arrangements with GE to permit you sufficient time to move to Columbus and get settled before classes start. If arrival by the start of classes is impossible, please contact Mark Cooper immediately.

Accept admission

By way of your OSU application account, please follow the "Accept/Decline" link to formally accept admission.

Please understand: acceptance of admission implies adherence to the university's Code of Student Conduct and an understanding of academic misconduct and its consequences.

Activate your OSU internet account

Before arriving, please activate your OSU internet account. An e-mail/internet account is provided to all OSU students. The user name and password you establish for this account will permit on-line access to such things as course scheduling, grades, course web sites, and other important web-based resources provided by the university.

To activate your account, please go to the following web site:

  • Click "Activate Now!" and follow the activation process. Associated with your application account should be an OSU user name in the form of "lastname.###" (such as "cooper.73")
  • Be sure to note your OSU username and the password you established. These items will allow you to register for classes, check grades, etc.

Ohio residency

Ohio Residency for Tuition Purposes (University Registrar)
GE students whose state of residency is Ohio will be billed at the in-state student rate. Information on how to establish / confirm Ohio residency will be found at the link above.


View housing information
It is strongly recommended that you secure housing, both temporary and long term, prior to your arrival on campus. For further information about the options available, please see the "Housing" page of the Newly Admitted Graduate Student section of our site.

Plan of study

GE-ACE students are to meet the MSE Master's Non-Thesis degree requirements. Before registering for classes, you must first discuss with your advisor which graded courses you should take and provide him/her with a basic plan of study detailing which courses will be taken to meet the degree requirements. A summary of required graded and non-graded credits, as well as how A & B Course credits apply to the degree, is provided here, GE-ACE MS non-thesis degree.

Download GE-ACE Plan of Study Worksheet (PDF)

Health insurance--how to waive coverage

A minimum level of health insurance coverage is required of all students enrolled on-campus. By default, you will be enrolled in the OSU Student Health Insurance Plan. However, you may waive this coverage by proving sufficient minimum coverage under another provider. Please review the waiver procedures before registering for credits.

  • Waiving coverage--procedures for domestic and international students to waive OSU coverage. This must be done by the 15th day of the term.
  • The OSU Student Health Insurance policy coverage begins seven days before the first day of the term of enrollment.
  • You will receive an insurance ID card and a booklet describing the Student Health Insurance policy's benefits.
  • For more detailed information about the policy call 1-800-254-2461, or visit the OSU Student Health Insurance Plan

Registering for Courses

The Admissions Office will provide new students with information on how to enroll and dates when enrollment windows will open. After determining with your advisor which courses you will take, students use the OSU Registrar's on-line registration system (BuckeyeLink) to enroll in classes--see "Course enrollment" page of the Newly Admitted Graduate Student section of our site for instructions. Graduate level courses are rarely closed, so it is unlikely that you will be shut out of a class. 

Fee payment deadline: seven days prior to start of term

Fee Payment Deadlines (University Registrar)
Tuition and fees must be paid in full on or before one week prior to the start of a term. Failure to do so will result in assessment of late payment penalties.

Spring 2022 enrollment

Spring enrollment will be made up of the following credits:

  • Any remaining graded credits (lecture courses) to meet degree requirements.
  • 5 credits of MATSCEN 5193.02 *
  • 4 credits of MATSCEN 6193.02 *
  • Up to 9 credits of MATSCEN 6193.01 under Dr. Gouma (enough credits to reach 30 total for the MS)

* Grades for these two blocks of credit are based on the A & B Student Performance Summary reports. After the start of the student's second semester in the program, the student is to provide copies of his/her A & B Course Student Performance Summary reports to Mark Cooper(.73). The GPA on each summary will be the grade assigned for 5193.02 (A) and 6193.02 (B).


MSE orientation


We are excited to have you join the graduate programs in Materials Science and Engineering and Welding Engineering! Moving from an undergraduate environment to a graduate degree can be a big change. Add to that starting at a new school, and perhaps a move to a new city (or country!). It is our hope that the information below will help provide some reference points to help you settle in as a new Buckeye.

Primary point of contact: your faculty advisor

As an undergraduate student your primary point of contact was probably your Undergraduate Advisor. At the graduate level your faculty advisor, Dr. Perena Gouma, is your primary point of contact and serves as your academic advisor. Questions about which courses to take and how to fashion the knowledge needed to advance your career begin with the faculty advisor. 

Graduate Studies Coordinator--Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper serves as the Graduate Studies Coordinator for both the MSE and WE graduate programs. At Ohio State the Grad Coordinator position assists with the admission of students and tracks their progress through to degree, a "bureaucratic guide". The faculty advisor provides mentorship for research and course choice, but the Grad Coordinator helps with meeting degree guidelines and examination requirements, deadlines for enrollment, graduation procedures, etc.


Department structure

Within The Ohio State University are 18 colleges and schools, one of which is The College of Engineering. Within the College of Engineering are 12 departments, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering being one. Two separate academic programs are available within the MSE department, Materials Science and Engineering and Welding Engineering. Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees are available in both tracks.

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A few key Department faculty and staff members:


The Graduate School

While it is your responsibility to meet the MSE or WE Master's or PhD degree requirements, ultimately it is the Graduate School that grants your degree. Our graduate programs function within the larger context of the Graduate School and our students are responsible to adhere to the guidelines described in the Graduate School Handbook. Typically, though, a student will not interact often with the Graduate School. It is the Graduate Coordinator's responsibility to help students understand and meet various policies and deadlines required by the Graduate School.

The Graduate Coordinator is your "first line of bureaucracy" and the student's point of contact for questions about academic procedures and policies.


  • Graduate School Handbook--Please become familiar with the general information contained in the Handbook.
  • GradForms--The Graduate School does not use paper forms, but instead uses an online system called "GradForms". This system is used by the student to apply for Candidacy, final defense of the MS or PhD, petitioning, and other aspects of degree completion.


Parking on campus


View the CampusParc website to register for campus parking access. On-campus students may purchase a "C" parking pass to park on campus in various surface lots.



View more about how to enroll

Information on the course enrollment process, how many credits in which to enroll, fees, and more.

Transfer credit--Relevant graduate credit earned at another institution may be transferred to OSU to help meet degree requirements. More information is available at the Transfer Credit Procedures page. 


Accessing class material--Carmen

Carmen is the central sign-in for all course web sites; for every course in which you enroll, a Carmen site for that course will be available on Carmen. Course syllabi, assignments, deadlines, etc. will be found here.


BuckID--student ID card

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Schedule in-person appointment
Once enrolled, please schedule an appointment to get your student ID (called a “BuckID”) at University ID Card Services, room 3040 Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street.

More about how the BuckID is used around campus
The BuckID grants access to a number of facilities and services around campus and Columbus.


Facility Access

After you have your BuckID, please use this Key Card Access Request form to request card-swipe access to the MSE main campus building complex. This will allow you access to the building after-hours.

For access to CEMAS, please contact Amanda Ponomarenko (.1, 614-643-3110).

For access to Welding Engineering facilities, contact Joshua Walters (.802).

Metal keys--your advisor should alert Ken Kushner (Dept. Lab Supervisor) if any metal keys should be issued.


Lab Safety

General safety info--Please review the general laboratory safety information provided on our web site. Includes links to OSU's Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and online training modules. Please contact specific faculty for safety & training required to access individual labs (the Safety Officers can help in identifying these faculty).

Lab Safety Officers


Important dates for Autumn Term 2021

Students are responsible to know and observe the registration and payment deadlines.

8/24 First day of AU21
8/27 1st Friday--Last day to make online changes to schedule, last day for 100% refund
9/3 2nd Friday--Last day to enroll in a course—requires instructor permission; Mark Cooper must add the course (use this Add/Drop form)
Last day for 75% refund
If a course is added after this date student will be assessed a $100 fee.
9/6 Labor Day--No classes, offices closed

4th Friday--Last day to drop a course with no record of it on transcript, check with Mark before close of business before dropping credits (use this Add/Drop form)
Last day for 50% refund (no refunds after this date)

10/14-15 Autumn Break--No classes, offices open
10/29 10th Friday--Last day to drop a course; “W” on transcript (does not affect GPA)
11/11 Veterans' Day--No classes, offices closed
11/24-26 Thanksgiving Holiday--No classes 11/24-26, offices closed 11/25 & 26
12/8 Last day of AU21 classes
12/9 Reading Day
12/10, 13-16 Finals Week
12/17-1/9 Break--offices closed 12/23-24 for Christmas and 12/31 for New Year's Day
1/10/22 Start of SP22


Helpful OSU websites

List of helpful sites around OSU
Just a few of the many resources around campus. Includes academic-related links, student life sites, healthcare & safety, and links to other useful information.


Finally, a "quiz"!

Please complete this "quiz" by the 2nd Friday of the term
The link above will take you to a form we ask you to complete confirming that you have reviewed certain basic information. The links below reference the material we would like you to review. Since responses within the form cannot be saved, you may find it helpful to review this info prior to completing the form. Viewing this information and completing the yes/no questions on the form should take about 20-25 minutes.

Thank you and welcome to The Ohio State University!



Please feel free to contact Mark Cooper, MSE / WE Graduate Studies Coordinator, should you have any further questions at:

The Graduate School

Detailed Campus Map (PDF)
See also the "Map" link at the top of all OSU web sites.

Helpful OSU websites

A collection of just a few of the many sites around campus.

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