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Ohio State now confers the fourth greatest number of undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering of any university in the United States. As one alumnus remarked, "The department's faculty are passionate about teaching theory and how to apply it to solve problems and develop solutions through relevant lab experiences, capstone design and homework. My career has benefited significantly from learning how to break down complex problems to first principles and develop optimal solutions across a range of technologies."

Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Thesis option must meet the following requirements in order to graduate with a Master's degree:

  • At least 3 hours of letter graded Mathematics courses 4000-level and above (except Math 4504), Statistics courses 5000-level and above, or other program approved Math Equivalency courses

  • At least 18 hours of graduate level letter graded coursework:

    • At least 9 hours must be ME or program approved courses 5000-level and above

    • At least 9 hours must be courses 6000-level and above

  • At least 9 hours of ME 8998 or a combination of level approved coursework and ME 8998 (at least 6 hours of ME 8998 is required).

  • ME seminar every semester until graduation
Non-Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Non-Thesis option must meet the following credit requirements in order to graduate with a Master's degree:

  • At least 3 hours of letter graded Mathematics courses 4000-level and above (except Math 4504), Statistics courses 5000-level and above, or other program approved Math Equivalency courses

  • At least 24 hours of graduate level letter graded coursework:

    • At least 12 hours of ME or program approved courses 5000-level and above

    • At least 12 hours of courses 6000-level and above

  • 3 hours of ME 8998

  • ME seminar every semester until graduation


USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


Program requirements

The minimum undergraduate GPA is a 3.0, and programs also require a 4-year completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.Statement of IntentCurriculum VitaeTranscripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate-level course work3 Letters of ReferenceOfficial GRE scores English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79
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