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Newly admitted graduate students in 
Materials Science and Engineering & Welding Engineering

Welcome and congratulations on your admission to The Ohio State University's Materials Science and Engineering department! We are excited about your arrival and wish to make your transition to graduate student life here at Ohio State as smooth as possible. A number of items, such as OSU account activation, housing, visa information, and more, are provided in these pages.

Welding Engineering online Master's students
New student instructions specifically for our 100% online MS non-thesis degree in Welding Engineering (full-time WE graduate students should select from the links above for new student information).
Link to new student instructions for our online WELDENG MS

Arrival dates for GRA-funded students

For those of our MSE or WE students funded by a GRA, there is an arrival process required that must be completed before the student may enroll in any credits. For the term listed, please arrive by the date below to assure that your funding is in place to pay tuition costs and provide your monthly stipend at the end of the first month of the term.

Term GRA arrive during* Term starts
Summer 2024 Week of 4/29/24 5/7/24
Autumn 2024 Week of 8/12/23 8/20/24
Spring 2025 Week of 12/16/24 ** 1/6/25

* Please note: If arrival by the given date is impractical or impossible, please contact Mark Cooper immediately.
** SP25 arrival date subject to change.

Arrival for Non-GRA-funded students

Students funded by an employer, a University Fellowship, an external fellowship, or self-funded.

Students funded by a non-departmental source (ex., company, personal funds, OSU Fellowship, external fellowship, etc.) may arrive any time prior to the "Term start" date listed above. International students, however, must arrive in time to attend an Office of International Affairs orientation and must adhere to any visa limitations.

Schedule a department orientation with
Mark Cooper

Please contact Mark Cooper, MSE-WE Graduate Studies Coordinator, and schedule a remote (video) department orientation. Orientation session last approximately 30-45 minutes and will review the basics of registration and enrollment, department trivia, and important university resources that are useful for our graduate students.


Please feel free to contact Mark Cooper, MSE / WE Graduate Studies Coordinator, should you have any further questions