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How to Apply


Applications must be completed by the appropriate deadline below.

Spring Semester 2018
(General Admission)
Autumn Semester 2017
(For Fellowship Consideration)
Autumn Semester 2017
(General Admission, GTA,
and GRA consideration)

October 1, 2017

November 30, 2017

January 15, 2018

General 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:

Required Materials

The Ohio State University application for Graduate School is completely online. The following items are required of all applicants unless otherwise noted. All application materials must be submitted electronically unless otherwise noted. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering does not accept mailed documents anymore. In the event you need to send something via postal mail, please send it directly to the University Admissions Office for processing. Mailing information is available at

  1. Statement of Intent
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. One official scanned transcript (front and back) per institution attended
  4. 3 Letters of Reference
  5. Official GRE scores reported via ETS
  6. 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 as only those required are used in the review process.

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:

  • Why do you want to go to grad school?
  • Why are you qualified to go to grad school?
    • Include previous research experience, project teams you've been associated with, jobs you've held, year-long capstone work, other class work, etc.
  • What do you want to do in grad school?
  • Identify faculty members with whom you would possibly like to work with in your graduate studies.
  • What is the reason you want to pursue a graduate degree? What do you want to do after grad school?
  • Do not include "fluff" or filler. You should focus on why you are qualified and what you want to do in graduate school.
  • 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. 

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:

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


Official scanned copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions are required. We cannot review an application for admission without scans or physical copies of official transcripts on record. Anything other than official transcripts will result in a delay in processing your application.

To expedite the review process for your application you must upload scans of official transcripts with degree statements (proof of degree) in their original language, along with English language translations that follow the format of the original documents.

Transcripts or credentials are official when:

  • sent by the issuing institution directly to the appropriate Admissions Office;
  • sent by the applicant in the envelope sealed by the issuing institution;
  • sent through secured electronic means from the issuing institution or officially designated service.

When the policy of the institution prohibits issuing the transcripts directly to another institution, a photocopy of the original document certified by an official of that educational institution, an embassy office, the Ministry of Education, or
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be submitted for review. If you are in possession of the only original transcript your institution issues, you may submit a certified photocopy of that document for our initial application review. Please note you will be required to present the original official document for evaluation prior to enrollment.

Applicants from Pakistani or Indian universities must submit mark sheets from
your university certified as true copies of the originals. If exams are not  administered by the university until the final year of the degree program, please provide an official letter from the college to verify this fact.

Transcripts can be submitted electronically or as a hard copy. The can be submitted via the following means:

  • Uploaded via the prompt in the online application
  • Submitted electronically to
  • Submitted via postal mail. The mailing address is located at the bottom of this page.

Ohio State students: Ohio State students do not need to submit copies of their Ohio State transcripts when they apply as those will be obtained internally.

3 Letters of Reference

  • Recommendation letters need to be completed and sent directly from your references. They can either be completed via the online recommendation system or emailed/mailed to our office directly from your references.
  • Academic sources are highly preferred. These are people such as faculty advisors, professors you have had in class, lecturers, etc.
  • Letters from managers or supervisors is also acceptable but do not carry as much weight as academic sources.
  • 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.
  • Need to send a reminder or change information for a recommender, please visit for assistance.
  • Letters should be submitted via the online system whenever possible, however in the event you cannot submit a letter via that system, hard copies can be mailed to Ohio State. The mailing address is located at the bottom of this page.

GRE and/or TOEFL Scores

The institution code to report GRE and/or TOEFL scores for Ohio State is 1592. Selecting only institution code 1592 ensures that GRE and TOEFL scores will be received by OSU and are available to all OSU graduate programs.

All scores are reported to a central database when submitted to Ohio State. Test scores must be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office for processing by the testing service providing the test. Questions about test score submission can be sent to

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

Application Status

You can monitor your application status via Please note it can take as many as 5-7 business days for your materials to show up there if you uploaded them at the time of your application.

Updating Your Application Documents

In the event you need to submit updated documents or you need to submit one of the required documents and you did not do so at the time you applied, you can use the Document Uploader through the Graduate Admissions Office.

Add/Update Application Materials

Submitting Hard Copies of Documents

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering strongly encourages applicants to submit any application materials electronically whenever possible, however we do understand that may not always be possible. In the event you cannot submit something via the electronic submission processes available, hard copies can be mailed to the following addresses:

  • Regular postal mailing address:
    • Graduate and Professional Admissions
      P.O. Box 182004
      Columbus, OH 43218-2646
  • Express mail address for mailing from outside the U.S.:
    • Graduate and Professional Admissions
      Student Academic Services Building
      281 W. Lane Ave.
      Columbus, OH 43210-1132 USA