Application requirements, MSE and WE
The following items are required before an application may be reviewed for a decision by either the MSE or Welding Engineering Graduate Studies Committees. Note that some items are unique to international applicants.
Application materials are to be submitted via the applicant's OSU Graduate School on-line Application.
Application and supporting documents:
Applicants should take a moment to review the OSU Graduate Admissions Office web site (OSU Graduate Admissions). This site contains information on costs of study, deadlines, FAQ's and other important matters.
Apply on-line (OSU Application Account Menu).
Application involves 1) creating a user account, 2) completing the application, and 3) paying the application fee (credit card required).
On-line reference submission: please have the e-mail addresses of any references ready for entry prior to starting the application process.
Fees are paid by credit card as part of the on-line application process; $60 for domestic applicants, $70 (US funds) for international applicants.
This fee can not be waived or deferred.
Official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions (i.e., colleges, universities, technical schools, etc.) you have attended or are now attending.
- One official transcript from each post-secondary school attended, even if credits from one school were transferred into another.
- A scan of an original transcript will be accepted. Applicants may make an electronic copy of an official transcript in PDF format and upload this directly to the application file.
- Advising reports or web-based screen shots will not be accepted.
An applicant will be required to provide final/complete original hard-copy transcripts to the Admissions Office, if admitted. This is to include an official degree completion statement. Such statements may be separate from the complete transcript of grades or completion of the degree may be indicated on the transcript itself.
OSU applicants: Students who have attended The Ohio State University for part or all of their undergrad or graduate course work do not need to submit OSU transcripts. The Admissions Office can access this information, as can the MSE department.
Official Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores
The GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. Our department has found the GRE to be a useful aid in gauging an applicant's likelihood of success in the program.
GRE scores are valid for five years.
- Materials Science and Engineering applicants: GRE scores are required of all applicants to the graduate program.
- Welding Engineering applicants: GRE scores are required of all international applicants and US applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0/4.0. This applies for both applicants to the on-campus program and the online MS degree.
- All Fellowship applicants: GRE scores are required of all applicants who wish to be considered for a University Fellowship (those who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.6/4.0 or greater).
- There is no minimum GRE score required for admission. However, the MSE/WE department tends to admit students with scores in the following ranges: Verbal = 153-170, Quantitative = 155-170, and Analytical = 4.0-6.0; these are tendencies seen in applicants we have admitted, not minimum admission standards.
- No GRE Subject Test is required.
- GRE scores are considered valid for five years after the date of testing. If official test scores submitted to the OSU Admissions Office via ETS are valid at the time of receipt by Admissions, the scores will be considered valid, even if the the five year expiration date passes prior to the applicant's admission into the program.
Applicants must submit official scores via ETS. Please request Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your GRE scores to the OSU Admissions Office (institution code 1592, sub-code 1499 or 1403). For further information, or to contact GRE:
GRE web site
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
English language proficiency.
Proof of English language proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. No student will be considered for admission until proof of English proficiency is received.
Minimum scores required for application to Ohio State:
TOEFL paper-based = 550
TOEFL computer-based = 213
TOEFL internet-based = 79
MELAB = 82
IELTS = 7.0
The MSE/WE department tends to admit applicants with scores equal to or greater than:
TOEFL paper-based = 577+
TOEFL computer-based = 233+
TOEFL internet-based = 90+
MELAB = 84+
IELTS = 7.5+
Note: Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor's degree or higher in one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL / MELAB / IELTS requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
TOEFL scores are considered valid for two years after the date of testing. If official test scores submitted to the OSU Admissions Office via ETS are valid at the time of receipt by Admissions, the scores will be considered valid, even if the the two year expiration date passes prior to the applicant's admission into the program.
The MSE/WE department does not require either the Test of Written English (TWE) or the Test of Spoken English (TSE).
Please request Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your scores to the OSU Admissions Office (institution code 1592--sub-code 1499 or 1403).
Information about the TOEFL Info on the test, costs, testing centers, and more.
The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
Link to information about the MELAB test Info on the test, costs, testing centers, and more.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Link to information about the IELTS Info on the test, costs, testing centers, and more.
Note regarding test scores. An application will not be reviewed until official test scores have been received by the OSU Admissions Office from the testing service. Photocopies of the score reports are NOT considered official.
Three letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation, written in English, are required with at least two of the three from faculty/academic references. The purpose of these references is to gain a candid assessment from the reference about the applicant's ability to perform well in graduate level course work and carry out research. *
OSU Admissions requires recommendation letters to be uploaded to the applicant's file by the recommender (instructions will be provided to the reference).
Any reference letter that appears to have been generated by the student will be considered invalid and will not be accepted by the Graduate Studies Committee.
During the application process, applicants will be prompted to enter the e-mail addresses of their recommenders. The Admissions Office will send an e-mail to these addresses with submission instructions for the recommender.
Applicants would be wise to follow up with their references to be sure they received the OSU Admissions Office instructions and that recommendations have been provided.
Email submission, if necessary
If the recommender has difficulty uploading the reference letter to the applicant's account, the reference may be scanned and attached to an email. References must include:
- A completed Graduate School Reference Form (PDF)--recommenders need only complete the student's name and area of study on page 1, and the recommender information on page 2.
- A signed reference letter on business letterhead.
These are to be emailed to email@example.com
* For those students who have not been in relatively recent contact with academic references (i.e., have not been in school for a number of years), non-academic references are permitted. The goal remains the same, we hope to better understand the applicant's ability to succeed as a grad student. An application will be helped to the extent a reference can provide this insight.
Statement of Purpose
A statement of purpose outlining your motivation for attending our program and your goals after receiving the degree. This essay allows you to express your interest in materials science or welding engineering, describe what area(s) interest you the most, and goals that you have for applying the training received here. Since most of the material supplied with the application is little more than numbers, data, and grades, this statement allows you to "speak" to the faculty reviewing your file and gives them a glimpse into your motivations.
- The statement should be about one to two pages, though there is no set minimum or maximum length.
- This document is to be uploaded to your OSU on-line application account.
Please answer the following questions and/or statements in your statement of purpose.
- Tell us about your research.
- What did you learn from your experience?
- Tell us something you are proud of in your academics or personal life.
- Share an example of a time you encountered a serious obstacle or failure and describe how you handled it.
- What motivates you to obtain a PhD and what are your plans after receiving your degree?
- What worries you when you think about starting graduate school?
- Who do you go to for support or mentorship?
- What extracurricular activities are you engaged in and how has your involvement in these activities enhanced your leadership skills?
Curriculum Vitae or resume
Submission of a CV/resume serves as a helpful means of summarizing the background of an applicant.
- Please keep the length of this document to under two pages.
- This document is to be uploaded to your OSU on-line application account.
Affidavit of Financial Support
This document, used by international applicants only, is NOT required of any student whose sole source of funding, if admitted, would be a Graduate Research Associateship (GRA) and/or University Fellowship.
Self-funded or sponsored applicants
Please note that as a matter of policy, we do not admit students who would pay for their schooling out of personal/family funds.
If your studies are to be funded by a source other than a Graduate Research Associateship--such as a government agency, an employer, or a scholarship--then the Affidavit of Financial Support and all necessary bank statements/support letters must be submitted to the Admissions Office. The form and supporting documents are not required until an offer of admission has been made.
Additionally, we ask that applicants with such third-party funding e-mail the MSE/WE Graduate Studies Coordinator (or call 614-292-7280) and inform us of your intent to apply. The vast majority of our applicants seek GRA funding, so it is helpful if our self-funded applicants alert us to their interest.
Applicants are free to submit any additional materials that might provide the MSE/WE Graduate Studies Committee with a better understanding of the applicant's skills or interests. Please note that this is not required and is purely optional. If submitting research papers, please limit the submission to only an abstract or executive summary; if more detail is sought about a particular item the applicant will be contacted.
Such items are to be mailed / emailed to the MSE-WE department address below.
BS/MS program in MSE and WE
With the items described above, OSU students seeking to enter the MSE or WE BS/MS combined program must also submit the Combined Program Worksheet. When the applicant selects the BS/MS as his/her degree objective, the applicant will be directed to the Combined Program Worksheet.
For information about the Materials Science and Engineering or Welding Engineering BS/MS program, please email the MSE-WE Graduate Coordinator, Mark Cooper.
College of Engineering BS/MS page
The College of Engineering provides basic information about a BS/MS in an engineering department, as well as some tips concerning the BS/MS program in general.
Materials Science & Engineering
Mark Cooper, Graduate Studies Coordinator for the MSE program
MSE Graduate Coordinator
Contact (same as above):
Mark Cooper, Graduate Studies Coordinator for the Welding Engineering program
WE Graduate Coordinator