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Combined Degree Program

What is the Combined Degree Program?
The combined degree program provides exceptional OSU Undergraduate students an opportunity to double-count credit from their undergraduate studies towards a graduate degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Nuclear Engineering.
How Does It Work?

Students can take classes that can be counted toward both their undergraduate and graduate degree.

  • Students applying to the Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Graduate Program can double-count up to 6 hours towards their undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Students applying to the Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering Graduate Program can double-count up to 12 hours towards their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Who Can Apply?

Students who have earned at least 90 cumulative semester hours and are enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related engineering disciplines, and have a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average or better in all previous undergraduate coursework, may apply.

Students considering the combined degree program should have an advisor in mind before joining the program. Students who wish to complete their graduate degree in the shortest amount of time typically have an advisor in place by the semester they start the combined degree program.

Students interested in the nuclear engineering graduate program must meet the following criteria as well to be eligible for the combined degree program:

  • Completion of NE 4505
  • Completion of basic course work in Thermodynamics, Fluid Flow, Heat Transfer (i.e., ME 3501, 3503, 4510; or ME 3500; or Chem Eng 3508, 3521)
  • Completion of Mathematics through differential equations (Math 2415 preferred)

What Courses Can Be Used?

All undergraduate requirements in the student's respective program must still be met. In order to receive graduate credit the courses must be letter-graded and meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 5000-level or higher
  • Must meet the course requirements for the graduate degree being pursued
  • Must be taken upon enrolling in the combined degree program
  • Must not be a capstone course

Technical electives are the most frequent means of satisfying the requirements above, but relevant graduate courses in other subjects, such as Mathematics, are an option as well. Coursework taken prior to joining the combined degree program cannot be counted for graduate credit under any means.

Students can also take graduate level courses for graduate credit only once admitted to the combined degree program as well. This can be utilized to further reduce the time to a graduate degree.

Application Requirements
  • Submit an application
  • Submit the Combined Degree Form
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose
  • Submit a CV/Resume
  • Submit ALL post-secondary transcripts for credit received at any institution except those from Ohio State.
    • Any coursework you have completed at Ohio State will be obtained internally.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • GRE Scores are NOT REQUIRED for students applying to the combined degree program, however if you have any interest in possibly pursuing a PhD, students are strongly encouraged to take the GRE's as more funding opportunities become available for students interested in a PhD.

When is the Deadline to Apply?

Applicants should submit and complete their application by the appropriate deadline below:

  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • Autumn Semester: April 1