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Doctoral Program Course Requirements

The Graduate School at The Ohio State University specifies that at least 80 graduate credit hours are required after a BS degree for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree.

Information for students who started prior to Fall semester 2012 can be found here.


BS-PhD

Students who wish to pursue a PhD directly after earning a BS degree must meet the following credit requirements in order to graduate with a PhD degree:

  • At least 6 hours of letter graded Mathematics or Statistics courses 5000-level and above or program approved Math Equivalency courses1

  • At least 27 hours of graduate level letter graded coursework

    • At least 15 total hours must be AAE or program equivalent courses of which at least 9 hours MUST be AAE or program equivalent courses 6000-level and above

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

  • At least 47 hours of AAE 8999 or a combination of level approved coursework and AAE 8999 (at least 30 hours of AAE 8999 is required)

  • 4 hours of AAE seminar


MS-PhD

If a master’s degree has been earned by the student, then a minimum of 50 graduate credit hours beyond the master’s degree is required. Students who have already acquired a MS degree must meet the following credit requirements in order to graduate with a PhD degree:

  • At least 3 hours of letter graded Mathematics or Statistics courses 5000-level and above or program approved Math Equivalency courses

  • At least 15 hours of graduate level letter graded coursework

    • At least 9 hours must be AAE or program equivalent courses 6000-level and above

  • At least 32 hours of AAE 8999 or a combination of level approved coursework and AAE 8999 (at least 21 hours of AAE 8999 is required)

  • 2 hours of AAE seminar


*Note regarding total course credit required: ALL hours must be from College of Engineering, Bio/MAPS or College of Medicine courses.

1 Students in the BS-PhD program may count a 3 hour Mathematics course at the 4000-level with the exception of Math 4504.