Mechanical Engineering

Master's Degree 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. It is suggested that courses taken for this degree path should be from within the College of Engineering, Biological, Math and Physical Sciences, or the College of Medicine.

Master's - 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

    • [Primary requirement] At least 9 hours must be ME courses 5000-level and above

    • [Primary requirement] At least 9 hours must be courses 6000-level and above

  • At least 9 hours of ME 8998 or a combination of level approved coursework and ME 8998 (at least 6 hours of ME 8998 is required).

  • ME seminar every semester until graduation

Master's - Non-Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Non-Thesis option must meet the following credit 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

    • [Primary requirement] At least 12 hours of ME courses 5000-level and above

    • [Primary requirement] At least 12 hours of courses 6000-level and above

  • 3 hours of ME 8998

  • ME seminar every semester until graduation

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

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

Doctoral Degree Course Requirements

The Graduate School at The Ohio State University specifies that at least 80 graduate credit hours are required after a BS degree for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree. All courses taken for this degree path should be from within the College of Engineering, Biological, Math and Physical Sciences, or the College of Medicine.

For students who did not get a Master's degree but are pursuing a PhD directly, a Master's degree can be acquired with your faculty advisor's approval after the Candidacy Examination has been passed.

BS-PhD

Students who have earned a BS degree and wish to pursue a PhD directly must meet the following credit requirements in order to graduate with a PhD degree: 

  • At least 3 hours of letter graded Mathematics or Statistics courses 5000-level and above or program approved Math Equivalency courses

  • At least 30 hours of graduate level letter graded coursework1

    • At least 21 hours must be courses 6000-level and above

    • At least 12 hours need to be ME courses 6000-level and above

  • At least 47 hours of ME 8999 or a combination of level approved coursework and ME 8999 (at least 30 hours of ME 8999 is required)

  • Seminar every semester until Candidacy

1: As long as the primary requirements are met, any remaining hours needed to meet the coursework requirements above may be 5000-level courses or 4000-level non-departmental courses.

MS-PhD

If a master’s degree has been earned by the student, then a minimum of 50 graduate credit hours beyond the master’s degree is required. Students who have already acquired a MS degree must meet the following credit requirements in order to graduate with a PhD degree:

  • At least 3 hours of letter graded Mathematics or Statistics courses 5000-level and above or program approved Math Equivalency courses

  • At least 15 hours of graduate level letter graded coursework1

    • At least 9 hours must be ME courses 6000-level and above

  • At least 32 hours of ME 8999 or a combination of level approved coursework and ME 8999 (at least 21 hours of ME 8999 is required)

  • Seminar every semester until Candidacy

1: As long as the primary requirements are met, any remaining hours needed to meet the coursework requirements above may be 5000-level courses.