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Graduate Program Admissions
The recommended application deadlines for Priority Consideration for admission, assistantships, and fellowships are March 1st for Fall admission and August 1st for Spring admission. A completed application includes completion of the online application and receipt of all required test scores, Letters of Recommendation, and other requested materials.
To apply, complete the online application which can be found on the Graduate College Web site. All correspondence regarding your application is done directly through the Graduate College.
International Students: In order to receive your I-20 in a timely manner, we suggest your online application, application fee and all materials be submitted by March 1st for Fall admission consideration and August 1st for Spring admission consideration.
- Degree from accredited college or university
- Rank in upper 10 percentile of class or have "B" average in studies
- Master's applicants must have Bachelor's degree in Engineering
- Doctoral applicants must have Master's degree in Engineering
- Doctoral applicants must have an advisor before being fully admitted. Applications will be distributed among MAE Faculty in specified area(s) of interest and if an appropriate Faculty member needs a Ph.D. student, he or she might choose to be the advisor.
Required Application Materials
When applying to our program, in addition to all the requirements of the Graduate College, you must also upload all of the following departmental requirements in your application to the OSU Graduate College to receive admission consideration:
- TOEFL or IELTS scores for ALL international applicants (An official electronic TOEFL or IELTS score must be received from the test provider; TOEFL/IELTS Codes: OSU Institution - 6546)
GRE scores [Not required for OSU Graduates]; an official electronic GRE score must be received from the test provider
(GRE Codes: OSU Institution - 6546; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - 1502)
- One original transcript from each college or university attended (in English)
- Statement of Purpose clearly indicating one of the Special Areas of Research you are interested in pursuing as well as which faculty member(s) you are interested in working with (preferred maximum one page)
- Resume (preferred maximum two pages)
- Three current professional or academic letters of recommendation (we require no specific format; however, they must be printed on official institution or corporation letterhead)
To expedite the processing of your application, please do not include copies of project reports or awards and certificates you have received. If you would like to highlight specific accomplishments, please include them in bulleted format in your resume.
- Application materials are received and processed at the Graduate College
- The application materials are sent to the MAE department for review
- The MAE department will contact the student if they are missing any application materials
- The MAE department will electronically communicate their admission recommendation to the Graduate College
- The Graduate College will contact the applicant with the final decision of their admission or denial
Note: Please do not correspond with the School of MAE regarding admission status. Unofficial results cannot be provided. You may view the Graduate Application Website if you would like to know the current status of your application.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs)
A limited number of teaching assistantships are offered each semester. These assistantships are usually quarter-time or half-time. Quarter-time positions require approximately ten hours of work per week; half-time positions require approximately twenty hours of work per week.
Teaching Assistants can be assigned any of the following duties: lead discussion sections, assist in the laboratory, grade papers, hold office hours, and other miscellaneous activities.
Upon acceptance, applicants will automatically be considered for a teaching assistantship. Please do not correspond with MAE about possible financial aid. An official email from MAE will be sent out immediately to the applicant if an assistantship has been awarded.
Applicants that do not receive an upfront offer might receive a teaching assistantship assignment after demonstrating hard work and motivation for at least one semester in our program.
Note: All International Applicants, regardless of their Graduate College English Admission requirements MUST submit an official electronic TOEFL or IELTS score if they would like to be considered for a teaching assistantship (self-reported scores are not official scores). TOEFL or IELTS scores must also be valid at the start of the semester for which admission is granted.
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs)
Many graduate students are hired by professors to work on funded research projects. These students conduct research for faculty and are paid from the faculty’s research grants and contracts.
To receive a research assistantship the applicant must directly contact the MAE faculty in their area(s) of interest. Master's students are not generally offered a research assistantship until after demonstrating at least a semester of hard work, motivation, and research proficiency within coursework and the laboratory setting. Doctoral applicants are usually offered research assistantships at the same time the applicant is admitted to the Graduate Program.
Students with an excellent academic background and a high GRE score usually receive support in the form of a research and/or teaching assistantship(s). The number and type of assistantships, as well as the level of support, depend on the funding available at the time MAE receives the application.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Domestic students should file a FAFSA application through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid each academic year. This enables students to become eligible for numerous sources of funding.
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Additional scholarships and forms of financial assistance are available through the OSU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Recently-announced fellowships, on-campus positions, and miscellaneous job opportunities are posted on the bulletin board outside the MAE office. International students can be employed on-campus through such entities as libraries, Student Union, etc. Visit the Hire OSU Grads Website for more information.
Application Forms and Contact Information
- Graduate College Website
- Graduate College Admission Requirements
- Graduate College Application Form - You Must Create an Account to Apply
- International Student Services
- If you need to reach the Graduate College, you may email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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For additional questions you might have about the Graduate Program in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, please refer to the MAE Graduate Study Manual (pdf). If your question has not been answered by the manual, please contact the Graduate Academic Secretary at email@example.com.