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Mechanical Engineering M.S. 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. 


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

    • At least 9 hours must be ME courses 5000-level and above

    • 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

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

    • At least 12 hours of ME courses 5000-level and above

    • At least 12 hours of courses 6000-level and above

  • 3 hours of ME 8998

  • ME seminar every semester until graduation


*Note: It is suggested that these courses be CoE, Bio-MAPS, or College of Medicine courses

1 Unless used for mathematics credit, ME courses 6000-level and above or other program approved 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.