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SP22 Enrollment Guidelines

Be enrolled for SP22 by December 13


We are asking that all students funded by a GRA or Fellowship be properly enrolled for his/her funding type by Monday, Dec. 13. 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 SP22, 1/14/22. 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 SP22 Enrollment Guide (pdf) to stay above these minimums.

Minimum credits to activate funding in SP22— 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" status) 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 SP22 credits on or before Monday, January 3, your SP22 fees must be paid by close of business on January 3. 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 January 4, 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 need instructor permission to enroll in a course, please use the form on this page:

Add / Drop graduate course

  1. Contact the instructor, provide your background to justify enrolling
  2. Once you have emailed permission to enroll, print the email as a PDF and upload this permission in the form.

MSE graduate elective courses in SP22

View course offerings for SP22 in MSE

MATSCEN 5000-level Grad-level courses

All 5000-level lecture courses may be taken for graduate credit. Check degree requirements to see how these credits can apply.


MATSCEN 6000 & 7000-level Grad-level courses

  • PLEASE NOTE:      6740SEM Practical Lab will NOT be offered in SP22. Next scheduled offering will be in AU22.

6295Superconducting Materials and Properties, Sumption, 2 cr, syllabus

  • Introduction to superconducting materials and phenomena. It will focus on the description of various materials and their properties in terms of basic superconducting phenomena, and the influence of materials-based properties on these phenomena.
  • Prereq: Grad standing or permission of instructor. 

6715Principles of the Characterization of Materials, Hwang, 2 cr, syllabus

  • Fundamentals of beam-solid interactions and their application to the characterizing the structure and composition of materials. The emphasis of this course will be on techniques utilizing X-ray and electron probes.
  • Prereq: Grad standing or permission of instructor. 

6737Diffusion and Interface Kinetics, Wang, 3 cr--PhD Core, syllabus

  • Detailed atomic and phenomenological descriptions of rate limiting steps, diffusion, and interface kinetics with applications involving mass transport and phase transitions in the solid state.
  • Prereq: Grad standing in MatScEn or permission of instructor. 

6741, Practical Transmission Electron Microscopy Lab, Mills/Colijn, 2 cr

  • Transmission Electron Microscopy with emphasis on practical methods.
  • Prereq: Grad standing or permission of instructor

6765, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Leonard, 3 cr, syllabus
(new effective SP22, course credits have increased from 2 to 3) 

  • Mechanical response of materials to loads and deformation.
  • Prereq: Grad standing in MATSCEN; or permission of instructor.

7193.02Energy Storage Materials Design, Doan-Nguyen, 2 cr, syllabus

  • Class number 24730
  • Humanity’s rapidly growing appetite for energy combined with the looming climate change crises are central motivators for the development of a truly sustainable set of electrification technologies. Energy storage materials lie at the heart of electrification technologies and are the ultimate enabler for portable and stationary applications. This graduate course will, thus, cover some of the state-of-the-art energy storage electrode and ceramic electrolyte materials (i.e. cathodes and anodes for Li-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries) as well as composites (i.e. for Li-S, Na-S batteries). Advanced characterization techniques will be covered in the context of understanding bulk energy storage materials design and interfacial phase evolution. The course will conclude with an examination of the importance of sustainability and the role of a supporting circular economy for current and emerging energy storage materials.
  • Prereq: Grad standing or permission of instructor.
  • M - W 12:30-1:25 p.m., location: CEMAS

7193.02DFT and Interatomic Potentials, Windl, 2 cr, syllabus

  • Class number 24729
  • A project-based in-depth exploration of methods and implementations to develop interatomic potentials from density-functional theory data.
  • Prereq: MSE 6756.02 (Computational Materials Modeling – Atomistic Methods) or 6756 (Computational Materials Modeling), plus at least one specialty DFT class taught by Dr. Ghazisaeidi or Dr. Windl; or permission of instructor.


WELDENG graduate elective courses in SP22

View course offerings for SP22 in WE
All WE grad courses are available in 100% online format.

5027, Introduction to Additive Manufacturing, 3 cr

  • Study of modern additive manufacturing processes with an emphasis on how processing parameters effect manufacturability and microstructure/property relationships for metals AM. Draws from state-of-the-art research to understand and address current issues in the application of additive manufacturing of metals.
  • Prereqs: Graduate standing or permission of instructor

7002, Physical Principles in Welding Processes II, 3 cr--Primary Core course

  • Study of the application of physical principles in engineering of non-arc welding processes and equipment. 
  • Prereq: WELDENG 7001 or 4001, and Grad standing; or permission of instructor.  

7024, High Energy Density Welding Processes, 2 cr

  • Theory and practice of laser, electron beam, and other high energy density welding processes.
  • Prereq: WELDENG 7001 or 4001, and Grad standing; or permission of instructor. 

7101Welding Metallurgy I, 3 cr--Primary Core course

  • Application of physical metallurgy principles to nonequilibrium thermo-mechanical conditions associated with welding in structural alloys and focus on carbon steels.
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.  
    • 7611Welding Metallurgy Laboratory I, 1 cr 
    • Optional add-on lab for 7101--Fundamental understanding of microstructure evolution in alloys and steels during heat treatment, as well as welding through various characterization techniques.
    • Prereq: Grad standing. Concur: 4101 or 7101, or permission of instructor.

7115, Computational Modeling of Additive Manufacturing and Welding, 3 cr--Secondary Core course

  • Graduate-level instruction on the theory of temperature, stress, deformation and phase transformation for additive manufacturing and welding, as well as application of industry-standard simulation codes.
  • Prereq: Grad standing in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry; or permission of instructor.

7123, Advanced Metallurgy for Brazing and Soldering, 3 cr

  • Graduate level physical-chemical concepts of brazeability and solderability of metals, ceramics, and glasses and focuses on wetting by liquid filler metals, interfacial reactions, phase compositions of joint metal, hetero-diffusion, liquid embrittlement, as well as strength and reliability of brazed and soldered joints manufactured in aerospace, electronic, optical, mining, and other industries. 
  • Prereq: WELDENG 4023 or 7023, and Grad standing; or permission of instructor.

7202, Welding Design, 3 cr

  • Fundamentals of design and application of codes and standards for welded structures. 
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor. 

7301Nondestructive Evaluation, 3 cr--Secondary Core course

  • Main concepts of Nondestructive Evaluation of materials as apply to inspections of joints and structures; principles of conventional methods, their capabilities and limitations.
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.

7406Welding of Plastics and Composites, 3 cr--Secondary Core course

  • Theory and practice in welding of plastics and polymeric composites, including theory and analysis of welding processes, part and joint design, and process selection.
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.

7407Adhesive Bonding and Mechanical Joining of Plastics, 2 cr

  • Fundamentals of adhesive bonding science and technology and methods for  mechanical joining of plastics including fasteners, snap-fits, press-fits, swaging, and staking.
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.

8004Theory of Laser Welding, 2 cr

  • Theory of high energy density laser welding processes.
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.

Add / Drop dates and other important SP22 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:

December 13—Be properly enrolled for your funding type per the enrollment guide.

[January 3—Fee payment date for self or company-funded students.]

January 10--First day of SP22--Note that all classes will be in online format during first week of SP21.

January 14--1st Friday

  • Last day to make online changes to schedule--DO NOT make online changes to any credits after this date. Instead, contact Mark Cooper for help.
  • 100% refund date

January 17--Martin Luther King Day--No classes, offices closed

January 15-January 21 (4:30 p.m., i.e., through close-of-business on the 2nd Friday)—A course may be added through the 2nd Friday by completing the Add / Drop form found on this page of our site:

Add / Drop graduate course

Instructor's emailed permission is required by the Grad School to add a course after the first Friday. If permission to enroll is given by the instructor, save the email as a PDF and upload the PDF to the form above.

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

January 21--2nd Friday

January 22—Full-term courses added after the 2nd Friday will be assessed a $100 late add fee per course (beginning 1/22). Check with Mark about how to add credits after the 2nd Friday.

Dropping credits (withdrawing from a course)

When dropping credits do not fall below the minimum needed to activate your funding (see funding levels above).

Please complete the Add / Drop form found on this page of our site:

Add / Drop graduate course

Advisor's emailed permission is required by the Grad School to drop a course after the second Friday. If permission to withdraw is given by the advisor, save the email as a PDF and upload the PDF to the form above.

Mark will forward your request to the Grad School to ask that they drop you from the course.

  • January 22 through February 4 (4:30 p.m., i.e., through close-of-business on the 4th Friday)
    • 50% refund date.
    • No record of course enrollment will appear on the transcript.
  • February 5 through March 18 (4:30 p.m., i.e., through close-of-business on the 10th Friday)
    • No refund of fees.
    • Dropping credits after the 4th Friday and on or before 4:30 p.m. on the 10th Friday will cause a “W” to appear as the grade for the course (a "W" does not lower your GPA). 
  • March 19 through end of term
    • A student cannot withdraw from a class without approved petition of the Graduate School.

View the Registrar's complete list of relevant SP22 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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Candidacy Exam and SP22 enrollment

If you have not passed the Candidacy Exam as of Friday, January 7, please enroll for the pre-Candidacy credit amount, per the Enrollment Guide for SP22. If you satisfactorily complete the Candidacy Exam at any point during SP22, between 1/10/22 and 5/3/22 you will enroll in 3 credits in SU22. 

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 1/10/22 and 5/3/22 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!

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 SP22 Enrollment Guide (pdf)

Faculty advisor for guidance on which courses to take.

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

SP22 Date Summary

Requirement Deadline
Enroll in SP22 credits by 12/13
Fee payment deadline  1/3
SP22 start 1/10
Request graduation review 1/12
Request Candidacy Exam MSE | WE 1/12
1st Friday 1/14
Martin Luther King Day Holiday 1/17
2nd Friday 1/21
App to Graduate due on GradForms 1/28
4th Friday drop deadline  2/4
Spring Break 3/14-18
10th Friday drop deadline  3/25
Written exam & Oral portion of 
exam approved
Thesis / dissertation approved
by committee
Last day of SP22 classes  4/25
Commencement  5/8
End-of-term deadline 5/9
SU22 starts 5/10