Department of Materials Science and Engineering College of Engineering The Ohio State University

Department of Materials Science and Engineering College of Engineering The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost Not Reported
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average amount to complete degree
December 13
fall application deadline
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acceptance rate
4 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Thesis and Non-Thesis Options Are Available for Master of Science Degree Students in Materials Science and Engineering

Ohio State University's master's program in materials science and engineering (MSE) is tailored to provide students with the chance to obtain additional necessary skills and knowledge in a particular field of materials science. Through the study of materials science and engineering, students strives to understand the composition of materials, and then comprehend how to tailor-make those materials' desirable properties.

Ohio State University offers with-thesis and non-thesis paths for students working toward an M. S. degree in materials science and engineering. Programs that include a thesis take about two years to complete, if a student attends classes full time, including summers. A student holding a graduate research associateship (GRA) assists his or her adviser with about 20 hours of research work each week throughout this period. During a student's final one or two quarters, they develop a thesis document that must be defended in the presence of a two-member council of the program's faculty.

The program's non-thesis option essentially requires academic course work and defense of a written document (for example, a critical literature review) that is due during the last quarter of enrollment. Within the M.S. non-thesis degree program, students put heavy emphasis on academic study in place of performing the structured research required in the with-thesis degree program. The typical timeframe of completion for a M.S. non-thesis degree is between five and eight quarters.

At Ohio State, MSE Research Focuses on the Link Between the Structure and Chemistry of Materials and Their Properties

The faculty in the materials science and engineering department at Ohio State University recognizes there is a link between the physical structure and chemistry between materials and their deteriorative, magnetic, optical, thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties. It strives to help students understand these links by focusing on the relationships between the performance, properties, structure, and processing of six different key classes of distinct materials: biomaterials, semiconductors, composites, polymers, ceramics, and metals. This grouping allows students to study materials that have comparable atomic structure, engineering properties, and chemical makeup. The study of materials science and engineering has led to the advancement of technology with applications such as transducers, fuel cell components, high-temperature sensors, ferroelectric materials, and low-temperature superconductors.

The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) at Ohio State University in Columbus is a National Science Foundation-supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). CEM research and activities are focused on an innovative, groundbreaking study of electron-spin injection and transport, as well as the unification and utilization of multifunctional characteristics of double perovskite heterostructures. While research is of great importance at this facility, education is of equal importance. Programs on OSU's Columbus campus are interactive and address the cognitive cause in nature of materials science and engineering concepts.

Students at Ohio State University Find Much to Do In and Around Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio, is a metropolis that still provides the friendliness and convenience of a small town. Great shopping, a vibrant cultural scene, and easy transit make the city a great place for students of Ohio State University to live and learn.

The art and cultural scene in Columbus is quite lively. The city's downtown area, known as the Short North, provides the university's students with numerous galleries and museums, including the Wexner Center for the Arts, which is actually located right on campus; the Columbus Museum of Art; the Columbus Contemporary Theatre Company; the Shadow Box Cabaret; Broadway America; Opera Columbus; and Ballet Met. Other interesting sights include the Thurber House, German Village, Kelton House, and the Brewery District and Heritage Museum, to name just a few. Columbus also serves as home port for the sole existing reproduction of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus' flagship.

Outdoor activities abound and students of Ohio State University are never at a loss for places to amuse themselves. World renowned amusement parks such as Cedar Point, King's Island, and Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom are just a gas tank away from the city. Animal lovers can spend the day in the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium or at Zoombezi Bay. Plant lovers take advantage of Franklin Park Conservatory. And music lovers have more than ample access to world-class performances at a myriad of venues, festivals, and events that take place all year.

Ohio State University is within minutes of Port Columbus International Airport and some of the best shopping and entertainment venues in the state of Ohio are about 30 minutes away.

Location & Contact

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

College of Engineering
The Ohio State University

281 W. Lane Ave. Student Academic Services Building
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Dr. Peter Anderson


Phone: 614-292-6255

Mark Cooper

Graduate Studies Coordinator

Phone: 614-292-7280
Fax: 614-292-1357

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Welding Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Metallurgical Engineering ]
      Master of Science (MS) [Metallurgical Engineering ]
    • Materials Science And Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 39
    • Doctoral Degrees 24
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 39
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $70
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 13th November 30th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 14th November 12th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE (for graduates of foreign universities and holders of non-engineering degrees)
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE (for graduates of foreign universities and holders of non-engineering degrees)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS recommended, IELTS paper based, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score 82)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students208
    • Female Percentage23%
    • Male Percentage77%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students208
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Full-time Percentage75%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian62%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown or International Student38%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty39
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage21%
    • Male Percentage79%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchComputational materials modeling, biomaterials, metallurgy, ceramics, advanced alloys/composites
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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