Distance Learning: Graduate Study
Two on-line options are available for students seeking to take graduate-level course work to increase their knowledge of welding engineering. Students interested in expanding their knowledge of materials science and engineering are invited to enroll in any available on-line MSE courses. However, the MSE program does not offer an on-line Master's or Certificate program.
Master of Science in Welding Engineering
The domestic and global demand for welding engineers is increasing dramatically. The purpose of this program is to provide a welding engineering curriculum resulting in a Master of Science in Welding Engineering (MSWE) degree that is accessible to applicants from around the world. This program is designed for individuals who are working in a welding engineering or welding-related job and wish to achieve a graduate degree, or obtain graduate credit, in Welding Engineering, and for those who wish to retrain for a welding engineering related position. All the courses offered through this program are available online.
Applicants to this program must hold a baccalaureate or professional degree in engineering or physical sciences and meet the other admission requirements listed below.
Students in the Welding Engineering Distance MS program pursue the MS Non-Thesis option.
Tuition and fees for Distance Education students are billed at the in-state rate, regardless of the student's citizenship or location. Please see the "Costs" page at left.
The application process for our Distance students is the same as that used by applicants to the on-campus program; no special application is needed to enter the Welding Engineering Distance Education program. The OSU Graduate Admissions Application requires a number of supporting documents. Along with the application form itself, you will be asked to prove a certain level of academic competency by providing such items as transcripts, general test scores, references, etc.
Important: it is critical that you inform the MSE-WE Graduate Program Coordinator, Mark Cooper, that you wish to pursue studies in the Distance Education program. DE applications are processed in a different manner than "on-campus" applications. Contacting Mark permits faster processing of your application.
The application path to be taken is decided by the student's desired goal:
- Graduate Non-Degree (GND)
For students who hold a baccalaureate degree wishing to take graduate-level course work, but who do not intend to complete a Master's degree. [See Graduate Non-Degree application process]
- Students who do not meet the minimum requirements, but petition the WE Graduate Studies Committee, may be asked to enroll for a time as a GND student. This will permit the GSC to evaluate the student's apptitude in grad-level course work. [Admission criteria below]
- If a GND student wishes to later pursue a Master's degree, 1) the student must apply via the OSU Graduate School application process (and pay the application fee) and 2) no more than 7 credits earned in GND status may be applied toward the Master's degree requirements.
- Acceptance into GND status does not imply future admission to the degree-granting program.
- Graduate School
For students seeking to earn a Master's degree (thesis or non-thesis) in Welding Engineering.
Applicants must meet minimum admission requirements to be considered for direct admission into the degree-track program. Applicants to the Distance MS program make use of the standard OSU Graduate School application process. [See application process for OSU graduate degrees]
Applications are accepted on an on-going basis throughout the year. Applicants should submit all necessary documents no later than six weeks before the start of the semester of interest.
- Autumn Semester begins in August
- Spring Semester begins in January
- Summer Semester begins in May
Students wishing to enroll in the MSWE Distance Education degree program must meet the criteria established by The Graduate School and the Welding Engineering Program at The Ohio State University. In general, applicants are expected to have:
- An earned baccalaureate (B.S.) or professional degree in engineering or physical sciences from an accredited college or university by the expected date of entry into the MSWE program.
- Applicants must have taken calculus, calculus-based physics, and college-level chemistry as part of their undergraduate course work. Note: Technical welding training and course work cannot be substituted for a Bachelor's degree.
Students who hold a Bachelor’s Technical degree may or may not be qualified for direct acceptance into the degree track. Please contact Dr. Avi Benatar, Director of the WE Distance Learning Program, and provide details about all math, physics, and chemistry taken.
- A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent, in all previous undergraduate work.
- A minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous graduate work.
- Minimum English language requirement for applicants whose first language is not English. In most cases, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 / 213 / 79 is required.
- The GRE general test is required for all international applicants, applicants with non-ABET accredited engineering degrees (for listing of accredited schools see abet.org), applicants with non engineering degrees, or students with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average that is below 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Minimum GRE scores of 450 / 150 on the Verbal Reasoning, 600 / 150 on the Quantitative Reasoning, and 3.5 on the Analytical Writing are required.
Prospective students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements
The Graduate School at OSU will not permit the admission of an applicant who does not meet the GPA requirements described above. However, if the WE Graduate Studies Committee submits a petition requesting a waiver of the GPA minimum, the Graduate School may allow the admission of an applicant with a sub-3.0 GPA.
While it is our desire to make courses available through the Distance Education Master's program, at the same time we do not wish to bring a student into a situation for which s/he is unable succeed. In order to 1) confirm the applicant will do well in the grad program and 2) provide a sufficient basis for a petition of the Grad School, the WE Grad Studies Committee has established the following procedure for applicants whose GPA is below the minimums stated above:
- The student applies to the OSU Graduate Non-Degree program and, following admission to the GND, secures a WE faculty member as an advisor.
- The student provides a tentative course plan for the non-thesis Master's to the WE Grad Studies Committee after consultation with the advisor.
- The student is to take at least six graduate credits of relevant course work while in GND status, earning a min grade of A- in each course. [Up to seven semester credits can carry over with the student from GND to the degree program to apply toward the MS requirements.]
- The student should apply to the WE graduate program by means of the standard OSU Graduate School application process (typically occurs during the term prior to that proposed for admission to the MS).
- The student is to take the GRE. These scores, along with the student's GND grades, will form the basis of the petition for admission submitted by the WE Grad Studies Committee.
Completion of these requirements does not assure admission, but provides the basis on which the WE Grad Studies Committee will develop its petition of the Graduate School. With the Graduate School's approval an admission may proceed. Please direct questions about minimum admission requirements to the MSE-WE Graduate Program Coordinator, Mark Cooper.
Prospective students who do not hold a BS in engineering or physical sciences
Applicants who do not hold a bachelor of science degree in an engineering or physical sciences (ex., physics) field are encouraged to pursue the Certificate program (see below).
Certificate program in Welding Engineering
To qualify for the Welding Engineering Certificate Program, students must have previously earned a baccalaureate or professional degree in engineering or physical sciences. The Certificate is awarded when the student has completed five of the 7000 or 8000-level Welding Engineering courses available in the curriculum. Note that independent study courses are not included in the certificate program.
Possible course series:
- For a broad knowledge of welding engineering, select the five core courses WE 7001, 7101, 7201, 7301, and 7406.
- For a concentration in materials, select WE 7101, 7102, 7112, 7115, 7406.
- For a concentration in processes, select from WE 7001, 7002, 7012, 7021, 7023, 7024, 7025.
- For a concentration in welding design, select WE 7201, 7202, 7223, 7240, 7406.
- For a concentration in plastics joining, select WE 7201, 7406, 7407, 8406, and one additional course.
- Or select any combination of five pre-approved distance education courses to meet one's needs.
To qualify for the Certificate, students must maintain a min. 3.0 (4.0 scale) GPA for the five courses.
Students of the certificate program are admitted to the university by means of the Graduate Non-Degree program (GND). Students make use of GND status as s/he will not be pursuing a Master of Science in Welding Engineering (MSWE, see below).
Please note: if the student wishes to continue and pursue a Master's degree, s/he must re-apply via the OSU Graduate Admission process. No more than 7 graduate semester credits earned in GND status will be permitted to carry over into the MS program, if admitted (per GND rules).
Tuition and fees for Distance Education students are not the same as those for on-campus students. Please see the "Costs" page within the Distance Education section of our site.
Mark Cooper, Graduate Studies Coordinator for MSE-WE:
Dr. Avi Benatar, Professor
Director, Welding Engineering Distance Learning Program