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Master's Program Course Requirements

The Graduate School at The Ohio State University specifies that at least 30 graduate credit hours are required for a Master's Degree.

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


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 coursework1,2

    • At least 12 hours must be AAE or program equivalent courses 5000-level and above

    • At least 6 hours must be courses 6000-level and above

  • At least 9 hours of AAE 6999 or a combination of level approved coursework and AAE 6999 (at least 6 hours of AAE 6999 is required).

  • 3 hours of AAE Seminar


Non-Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Non-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 24 hours of graduate level letter graded coursework1,2

    • At least 12 hours must be AAE or program equivalent courses 5000-level and above

    • At least 12 hours must be courses 6000-level and above

  • 3 hours of AAE 6999

  • 3 hours of AAE Seminar


*Note: It is suggested that these courses be CoE, Bio-MAPS, or College of Medicine courses

1 Unless used for mathematics credit, AAE courses 6000-level and above or other program equivalent courses can be used to meet both the AAE and 6000-level requirements.

2 As long as the primary requirements are met, up to 3 hours may be 4000-level non-departmental courses.