New graduate student orientation

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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 is your primary point of contact. The faculty advisor serves as both the academic and research advisor. Questions about which courses to take and how to fashion the knowledge needed to advance your career begin with the faculty advisor. So too, mentoring in the research field is also overseen by 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.

MSE Org Chart_7-27-20


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 adhear 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.

Lab Safety

Many aspects of research in our department are inherently dangerous. Please speak to your advisor about how to secure the training appropriate to his/her labs.

General safety info--Please review the general laboratory safety information provided on our web site.

Orientation Materials

AU20 Orientation Materials (3MB, PDF)


Please contact Mark Cooper, MSE & WE Graduate Studies Coordinator

  • Phone: 614-292-7280
  • Email

MSE Graduate Studies Committee Chair: Dr. Roberto Myers

WE Graduate Studies Committee Chair: Dr. Boian Alexandrov

The Graduate School

Detailed Campus Map (PDF)

"The Guide"
Council of Graduate Students' guide to Columbus and OSU