Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Prospective Students

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the appropriate deadline below.

Spring Semester 2015
(General Admission)
Autumn Semester 2014
(For Fellowship Consideration)
AutumnSemester 2014
(General Admission, GTA,
and GRA consideration)

October 1, 2014


November 30, 2013


March 1, 2014


Application Information

Applicants can apply to one of three programs, depending on which field they would like to obtain a degree in. Applicants can also apply to more than one program, however an application fee will be required for each application submitted. The three programs available in our department are:

Applicants must apply online and can do so by clicking here.

The following items are required of all applicants unless otherwise noted:

  1. Statement of Intent
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Areas of Interest Form
  4. One official scanned transcript (front and back) per institution attended
  5. 3 Letters of Reference
  6. Official GRE scores reported via ETS
  7. Official TOEFL scores reported via ETS (International applicants only; for possible exceptions click here)

Any documents submitted other than the required items above will be discarded from your application.

Application Prep


Statement of Intent

Your statement of purpose should be no more than two pages in length, in Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri font, size 10 or 12 font and it should address the following topics:

  1. Why do you want to go to grad school?
  2. Why are you qualified to go to grad school?
    1. Include previous research experience, project teams you've been associated with, jobs you've held, year-long capstone work, other class work, etc.
  3. What do you want to do in grad school?
    1. You should definitely identify a general area of research. Not addressing this question or leaving a very open ended response can hurt your application. The committee reviewing your application wants to see that you have some idea of what you want to do in graduate school.
  4. Identify some faculty members whom you would possibly like to work with in your graduate studies. Having some idea who you would like to work with shows focus and will make you stand out among other applicants who don’t identify that information.
    1. Do you want to become a professor? Work in a research lab? Work in industry? Start your own company? You don't have to know specifically what you want to do after you graduate, but having a general idea lets the committee know you have something in mind and you are going to be working towards that goal.
  5. What do you want to do after grad school?
  6. Do not include "fluff" or filler. Your statement of intent is exactly that, a statement of what you intend to do for your graduate studies. Don’t spend a lot of time explaining why you are interested in engineering. You should spend more time on why you are qualified and what you want to do in graduate school than anything else.
  7. Include a header in your document with your name and what document you are submitting (ex. Statement of Intent) and page numbers if it is more than 1 page.

Note: If you do not upload this document to your application when you apply, please send it to

Curriculum Vitae

Your curriculum vitae (CV) should be no more than two pages in length, in Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri font, size 10 or 12 font and it should address the following topics:

  1. Educational information (school name, thesis topic and advisor (if any), GPA summary and ranking)
  2. Research/Industrial Experience (research publications, project presentations/conferences, industrial projects and internships, research interest areas)
  3. Special skills (programming skills, commercial software, etc.)
  4. Department/University Service (if any)
  5. Extracurricular Activities

Note: If you do not upload this document to your application when you apply, please send it to

Research Area of Interest Form

All applicants must identify at least one primary area of research interest via the appropriate form below.

Note: If you do not upload this document to your application when you apply, please send it to


Official scanned copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions are required. Transcripts can be uploaded at the time of applying or sent electronically to

Ohio State students: Ohio State students are only required to submit transcripts from other institutions attended, if any. Ohio State transcripts will be obtained internally for the review process and do not need to be submitted with your application.

IMPORTANT: If admitted, a final official copy of all transcripts will be required at that time by the Graduate Admissions Office. A hard copy is not required as part of the application process.

3 Letters of Reference

Academic sources are highly preferred. These are people such as faculty advisors, professors you have had in class, lecturers, etc. One letter from a manager or supervisor is also acceptable. Letters from TA’s are not acceptable. Make sure you select individuals who will put the appropriate amount of time and effort into writing a reference letter. Choose individuals who are familiar with you, your work, and with whom you have confidence can write you a strong recommendation. Letters of reference are a way to distinguish you and stand out among applicants of similar credentials.

Letters of reference should be addressed to the Graduate Studies Committee (ex. Dear Graduate Studies Committee) and must be submitted electronically. During the application process, applicants will be prompted to enter the e-mail addresses of their recommenders. The Admissions Office will automatically send an e-mail to those individuals with details on how to submit an online reference letter once you submit your online application. Applicants are encouraged to contact their references to be sure they received the instructions from Ohio State's Admissions Office and have provided a recommendation.

Note: If you used the online recommendation system and you need to send a reminder to your letter writer, please see FAQ 9.

In instances that a referee would rather not submit a letter via the online system, hard copies can be submitted to:

Attn: MAE Graduate Advising Office
N350 Scott Lab
201 W. 19th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

GRE and/or TOEFL Scores

The institution code for Ohio State is 1592. For the GRE, our program codes to use are:

  • 1502 - Mechanical Engineering
  • 1601 - Aerospace Engineering
  • 1609 - Nuclear Engineering

For the TOEFL, our program codes to use are:

  • 68 - Mechanical Engineering
  • 63 - Aerospace Engineering
  • 69 - Nuclear Engineering

All scores are reported to a central database when submitted to Ohio State.

Note: For more information about the TOEFL/English Language test requirement, please visit FAQ 14.