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Admission Criteria

What are the average GPA and GRE scores for students admitted within the last year?

  Undergraduate GPA Graduate GPA Verbal GRE Score Quantitative GRE Score Writing GRE Score TOEFL Score
AE 3.66 3.65 154 163 4.0 101
ME 3.63 3.73 153 165 3.5 104
NE 3.53 3.67 154 164 3.5 112

Note: All GPA averages are based on a 4.0 scale

What are the criteria for admission consideration?

The graduate programs base their admissions decisions on several factors:

  • A bachelor of science degree. Each program has specific degrees that are favored more than others and they are as follows:

    • Students interested in applying for the aerospace engineering graduate program should have a degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering physics, physics, or a related field.

    • Students interested in applying for the mechanical engineering graduate program should have a degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, material science engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, engineering physics, physics, chemistry, or a related field.

    • Students interested in applying for the nuclear engineering graduate program should have a degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, engineering physics, physics, or mathematics. Students interested in Nuclear Engineering should have background in the following areas:

      • Mathematics:  Course work up to and including differential equations and vector analysis  
      • Physics:  Course work up to and including modern physics (with introductory nuclear physics)
      • Engineering:  Course work to include thermodynamics, fluid flow and heat transfer
  • An Undergraduate GPA equivalent to at least a 'B' is required to be eligible for admission

    • For students on a 4.0 scale, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required
    • Chinese applicants on the 100 point scale should have a GPA of at least a 75/100.
    • Indian applicants should have a GPA of at least 5/10, 50/100, or have a degree classification of 2nd class or higher.
    • For all other applicants, you must have a GPA equivalent to a 'B' or higher at your undergraduate institution.

Note: Applicants whose GPA is less than a 'B' average will be automatically denied admission unless they have already received a Master's degree.

  • A graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required (if applicable).

What is your TOEFL/English Language test requirement?

A minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based (IBT) TOEFL is required in order to be considered for admission. An 82 is the minimum score allowed on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable.

At least one of the following scores is preferred if English is not your native language : 96 on the Internet-based (IBT) TOEFL, 7.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an 82 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).

If you do not meet the minimum TOEFL score you application will not be reviewed until one of the following is met:

  • You reach or surpass the minimum required score.
  • The deadline of the term for which you originally applied passes at which point your application would be canceled.

What do you look for when considering a potential applicant for admission?

  • The applicants record in technical (vs. non-technical) courses.

  • The quality of school(s) at which the student studied.

  • The desired area of study within the department and the availability of resources and faculty in that area.

  • Additional data, such as GRE scores, TOEFL scores, letters of recommendation, resume, and the student's statement of purpose

    • While there is no minimum requirement set for the GRE test, applicants who wish to have the best possible chance of admission should have above the 60th percentile on the Verbal GRE, above the 85th percentile on the Quantitative GRE, and at least a 3.5 on the Writing GRE.

    • Students need a 3.60 cumulative undergraduate GPA to be eligible for Fellowship consideration. That equates to an 88/100 for Chinese applicants using the 100 point system. For Indian applicants that equates to an 8.8/10, 88/100, or a degree classification of 1st Class or 1st Class with Distinction.

    • Those who wish to have the best chance at Fellowship consideration should also have a cumulative percentile of at least 150 between the Verbal and Quantitative GRE's (i.e. the Quantitative and Verbal GRE percentiles added together is greater than or equal to 150) and, and at least a 4.0 on the Writing GRE.

Students with degrees in non-engineering fields (such as physics or chemistry) are generally required to take two to five undergraduate courses in their respective program if they are admitted so they are adequately prepared for graduate level courses in their proposed graduate program. Students should contact a faculty advisor with whom they might work in order to find out which courses they should take to be prepared to start graduate study.


Note: Students whose backgrounds are not in engineering, physics, or chemistry should strongly look into taking courses equivalent to Ohio State's core Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering courses before applying for admission to the graduate programs. Core courses can be found via the appropriate programs Undergraduate curriculum sheets.