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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.

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.

Note: This program is only open to Ohio State undergraduates that meet the requirements above.

When is the Deadline to Apply?

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

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

U.S. citizens need to complete their application by the end of the semester before they wish to enter the combined degree program.

Non-U.S. citizens applying for the combined degree program need to have their applications completed by the deadlines posted above to allow for ample processing time for an updated I-20.

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.

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.