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SP21 Enrollment Guidelines

Be enrolled for SP21 by December 14


We are asking that all students funded by a GRA or Fellowship be properly enrolled for his/her funding type by Monday, Dec. 14. 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 SP21, 1/15/21. 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 SP21 Enrollment Guide (pdf) to stay above these minimums.

Minimum credits to activate funding in SP21— 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 SP21 credits on or before Monday, January 4, your SP21 fees must be paid by close of business on January 4. 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 5, 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 SP21

View course offerings for SP21 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

6715Principles of the Characterization of Materials, 2 cr

  • 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, 3 cr--PhD Core

  • 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. 

6740 Practical Scanning Electron Microscopy, 2 cr 

  • NOTE: This course is graded S/U and thus cannot be used to fulfill graded graduate degree requirements.
  • W 10:00-11:50 a.m., meets at CEMAS facility, though the course will have some online aspects.
  • This is a practical course designed to introduce students to basic operation techniques of the Scanning Electron Microscope. At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of 1) the capabilities of an SEM, 2) the types of samples compatible with SEM analysis, 3) how to prepare samples for SEM investigation, 4) how to obtain quality images from various types of specimens, and 5) how to overcome some of the issues encountered while analyzing specimens. Students who pass this course will be allowed to book time on Quanta SEM at CEMAS after demonstrating practical understanding of sample loading and vacuum pumping systems. Completion of this course does not count as training on more advanced SEMs and techniques, but will allow future SEM training sessions to focus on proper analysis of the students’ samples, as opposed to basic microscope operation.
  • Prereq: none. Student advisor approval required to confirm that SEM techniques are an important component of their planned research project (provide to instructors on first day of class). MSE 6741 / 6715 are NOT prereqs.

6741Practical Transmission Electron Microscopy Lab, 2 cr

  • Transmission Electron Microscopy with emphasis on practical methods.
  • T 3:30-5:20 p.m., meets at CEMAS facility, though the course will have some online aspects
  • Prereq: Grad standing in MatScEn or WeldEng; or permission of instructor.

6765, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, 2 cr

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

7193.02Advanced Topics in Corrosion, 1 cr--7 week 1, class # 11455 

  • Taught by Jerry Frankel

7193.02Environmental Mechanical Properties, 1.5 cr--7 week 2, class # 11234 

  • Taught by Jen Locke

7855, Electron Diffraction, Imaging and Spectroscopies, 2 cr

  • Advanced topics in characterizing materials using transmission electron microscopy. Topics covered include electron diffraction techniques, important imaging modes, and widely used spectroscopy methods.
  • Prereq: MATSCEN 6715, or permission of instructor. 


WELDENG graduate elective courses in SP21

View course offerings for SP21 in WE
All WE grad courses are available in 100% online format.

5193.02, 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
  • Class numbers:
    Grad on campus = 34679--This section will be taught in hybrid mode, meeting in EJTC 111.
    Grad online MS = 34678

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.

APPROVED: ENGR 7710, Engineering Research Communications, 3 cr, class # 33132

  • This course has been pre-approved by the WE GSC for use as a non-WE, graded graduate course for the degree requirements.
  • In this class the combination of lecture, readings, course discussion and activities will help you develop a systematic approach to the research writing and communication you’ll engage in every day as a professional or academic engineer. You will learn strategies you can use to increase the likelihood that the significance of your work will be understood and your research manuscripts published.
  • View syllabus (PDF)

Add / Drop dates and other important SP21 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 14—Be properly enrolled for your funding type per the enrollment guide.

[January 4—Fee payment date for self or company-funded students.]

January 11--First day of SP21--Note that all classes will be in online format during first week of SP21.

January 15

  • 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 18--Martin Luther King Day--No classes, offices closed

January 19--In-person instruction begins (if applicable)

January 16-January 22 (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 22--75% refund date

January 23—Full-term courses added after the 2nd Friday will be assessed a $100 late add fee per course (beginning 1/23). 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 23 through February 5 (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 6 through March 26 (4:30 p.m., i.e., through close-of-business on the 4th 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 27 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 SP21 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)

Spring starts online and change to Spring Break in SP21

Two significant changes were implemented for SP21:

  1. SP21 will start fully online during the first week of classes, 1/11-15. In-person/hybrid classes will begin meeting during the week of 1/18. This will limit in-person contact following the post-Thanksgiving break and allow students to quarantine if necessary.
  2. The university has changed the structure of Spring Break in SP21. In an effort to discourage students from leaving campus, Spring Break will consist of two days during which classes will not be held, Tuesday, February 9, and Wednesday, March 31.


Register with Engineering Career Services (ECS)

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MSE and WE 7895 Seminar and Colloquium

Both MSE 7895 and WE 7895 will be offered online in SP21. This may allow us to join presentations hosted by other entities, for example, member schools of the University Materials Council. However, these speaking times will probably fall outside of a regular meeting schedule. Speaking schedules are being developed and will be posted on the MSE Department's Events page.

Candidacy Exam and SP21 enrollment

If you have not passed the Candidacy Exam as of Friday, January 8, please enroll for the pre-Candidacy credit amount, per the Enrollment Guide for SP21. If you satisfactorily complete the Candidacy Exam at any point during SP21, between 1/11/21 and 5/11/21 you will enroll in 3 credits in SU21. 

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 1/11/21 and 5/11/21 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!

Welding Engineering Qualifying Exam (PhD)—during 1st year

WELDENG PhD-track students--WHO WISH TO FOLLOW THE PRE-AU19 CURRICULUM--are required to take the WE Qualifying Examination within the first year of starting the PhD program. The Qualifier has a written and oral portion; the written takes the form of a comprehensive proposal and during the oral portion the student presents and defends this proposal.

The student is to petition his/her advisor to take the Qualifying Exam. The petition is to occur no less than four weeks prior to the proposed examination date. The student must also alert the WE Graduate Studies Coordinator of his/her interest in taking the exam. [more]

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 SP21 Enrollment Guide (pdf)

Faculty advisor for guidance on which courses to take.

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

SP21 Date Summary

Requirement Deadline
Enroll in SP21 credits by 12/14
Request graduation review 12/31
Request Candidacy Exam MSE | WE 12/31
Fee payment deadline  1/4
SP21 start (online to 1/25) 1/11
1st Friday 1/15
Martin Luther King Day Holiday 1/18
2nd Friday 1/22
App to Graduate due on GradForms 1/29
4th Friday drop deadline  2/5
Spring Break Day 1 2/23-24
10th Friday drop deadline  3/26
Spring Break Day 2 3/31-4/1
Written exam & Oral portion of 
exam approved
Last day of SP21 classes  4/21
Thesis / dissertation approved
by committee
Commencement  5/9
End-of-term deadline 5/11
SU21 starts 5/12