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Instructions for the use of BuckeyeLink to register for courses

Tip--All students, every term, start with a hold on their account, the "Financial Responsibility Statement". In order to enroll all students must agree to the stipulations in the statement. A link to complete this requirement is in your BuckeyeLink To-Do List.

 

Self or company-funded and external fellowship-funded students

For our new students whose funding comes from a non-OSU source (employer, self, Fulbright, etc.), you may activate your OSU account and enroll in any credits necessary at anytime.

Payment of fees Self/company-funded students should be aware that all fees are to be paid no later than one week (seven days) before the start of a term. [view "Registration, Fees, and Important Dates"]

 

For GRA/University Fellowship-funded students please enroll as follows:

  • In Autumn / Spring:
    (graded grad credits) + MSE or WE 7895 (1 cr) + MSE or WE 6999 (x cr) = 18 credits 
  • In Summer:
    (Summer is unique, Mark will provide instructions)

GRA/Fellow fees

Once registered a total fee amount for the term will be generated. If you hold a GRA or Fellow position, all tuition and academic/lab fees will be paid by the GRA/Fellowship. 

Student fees--student's responsibility

Along with the academic fees for a term there are student-related fees (see below). These non-academic fees are not paid by the GRA/Fellowship.

For students funded by a GRA/Fellowship these fees will be totaled, divided in fourths, and automatically deducted from each of your monthly paychecks during the term (saves you from having to make a big payment at the start of each term!). The approximate cost of these fees per four month term for our GRA/Fellowship-funded students is $450.

These fees include:

Health Insurance 

By default, all students will be enrolled in OSU Student Health Insurance.

GRA and Fellowship positions pay 85% of the student's OSU Student Health Insurance premiums. Premiums are paid during Autumn and Spring semesters, but cover the student for a full year (i.e., Summer term as well). GRA/Fellowship students are responsible for 15% of the Autumn and Spring premiums, approximately $200/term. This fee is divided in fourths and deducted from the monthly stipend payment.

Students may waive coverage (for example, if covered by an employer or parent). To do so, please see the OSU Student Health Insurance site.

Degree guidelines

Degree guidelines detailing course requirements are available in the "Enrolled" graduate student section of our site. These pages provide requirements to earn an MS and/or Ph.D. degree in MSE and in WE.

Which courses should I take?

Before registering for academic classes, you must first discuss with your advisor which courses you should take (thus you cannot register for graded classes until you have an advisor). It is very unlikely that you would be closed out of a course; graduate level courses rarely fill to capacity. A typical course load for a GRA/Fellow-funded student includes:

  • Two or three graduate level academic classes
  • One hour of MSE or WE 7895, a seminar/colloquium class required of all MSE and WE graduate students during Autumn and Spring terms.
  • Research credit hours under your advisor (called "6999")

 

  • In Autumn / Spring:
    (graded grad credits) + MSE or WE 7895 (1 cr) + MSE or WE 6999 (x cr) = 18 credits 
  • In Summer:
    (Summer is unique, Mark will provide instructions)

Further details on registration will be provided when you arrive in the department.

What courses are available?

MSE & WE course descriptions and terms of offering
The MSE and WE curricula offer a wide range of courses. Additionally, you can enrich your knowledge through exposure to other disciplines at OSU.

What counts? In-program graduate courses at the 5000 level and greater count toward fulfillment of that program's graduate degree requirements. Courses outside the program may also be applied to your degree. Assuming that these are relevant to your field of study--as decided by your program's Graduate Study Committee--graduate courses at the 5000 level and above outside the program may be used to satisfy degree requirements. 

MSE and WE 7895 & 6999

Registration in two courses is required of all on-campus MSE and WE graduate students; for MSE students, MSE 7895 & MSE 6999 and for Welding Engineering students, WE 7895 & WE 6999. Further details will be provided after you arrive in the department. [Online students are not required to enroll in these courses unless instructed to do so by an advisor.]

MSE 7895

See MSE 7895 seminar schedule
MSE 7895 Seminar and Colloquium Series is a discussion of current thesis problems, outstanding current literature, and related topics. MSE students and invited speakers provide our graduate students with current information on research in the field of materials science.

Registration for this course is required of all MSE graduate students every AU and SP term of enrollment at Ohio State, unless prior release is granted by the MSE Graduate Studies Committee.

WE 7895

See WE 7895 seminar schedule
WE 7895 Seminar and Colloquium Series is a discussion of current thesis problems, outstanding current literature, and related topics. Invited speakers provide our graduate students with current information on research in the field of Welding Engineering.

Registration for this course is required of all on-campus WE graduate students every AU and SP term of enrollment at Ohio State, unless prior release is granted by the WE Graduate Studies Committee. Enrollment in WE 7895 is not required during the student's final term in the degree program.

MSE or WE 6999

Enrollment in MSE 6999 Research in Materials Science and Engineering or WE 6999 Research in Welding Engineering is required of all on-campus MSE and WE graduate students earning an MS with Thesis or a Ph.D. (MS without Thesis students are not required to register for 6999). The number of credits for which a student registers does not reflect the number of hours the student will spend in research.

Summer term enrollment

Credit hour limits differ in Summer term. You will be instructed as to the number of credits for which you are to register in Summer term.

MSE and WE Instructional Assistance (IA)

MSE and WE grad students have as a curricular requirement service time as an Instructional Assistant. Instructional Assistance (IA) credits are earned while assisting the faculty in the instruction of various courses in the MSE or WE curriculum. This assistance is expected to take, on average, 6 hours of the student’s time per week during the term of service. Students earn two graduate credits per term of service. Two terms of service are required of our Master's students; Ph.D. students are required to serve for a total of three terms.

Note: students do not register for IA credit every term; typically students are given an IA assignment after being in the department for one to two terms.