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Graduate Programs

A Masters of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are offered at OSU. MAE professors are internationally renowned for their expertise in their fields. All of the faculty are active in research and sponsored research contracts are in progress.  MAE graduate scholars come from around the world with a wide variety of background, skills and ambitions.

Application Deadlines

The recommended application deadlines for Priority Consideration for admission, assistantships, and fellowships are March 1st for Fall admission and August 1st for Spring admission. A completed application includes completion of the online application and receipt of all required test scores, Letters of Recommendation, and other requested materials.

To apply, complete the online application which can be found on the Graduate College Web site. All correspondence regarding your application is done directly through the Graduate College.


International Students: In order to receive your I-20 in a timely manner, we suggest your online application, application fee and all materials be submitted by March 1st for Fall admission consideration and August 1st for Spring admission consideration.


Admissions Qualifications

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs)

A limited number of teaching assistantships are offered each semester. These assistantships are usually quarter-time or half-time. Quarter-time positions require approximately ten hours of work per week; half-time positions require approximately twenty hours of work per week.

Teaching Assistants can be assigned any of the following duties: lead discussion sections, assist in the laboratory, grade papers, hold office hours, and other miscellaneous activities.


Upon acceptance, applicants will automatically be considered for a teaching assistantship. Please do not correspond with MAE about possible financial aid. An official email from MAE will be sent out immediately to the applicant if an assistantship has been awarded.

Applicants that do not receive an upfront offer might receive a teaching assistantship assignment after demonstrating hard work and motivation for at least one semester in our program.


Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs)

Many graduate students are hired by professors to work on funded research projects. These students conduct research for faculty and are paid from the faculty’s research grants and contracts.

To receive a research assistantship the applicant must directly contact the MAE faculty in their area(s) of interest. Master's students are not generally offered a research assistantship until after demonstrating at least a semester of hard work, motivation, and research proficiency within coursework and the laboratory setting. Doctoral applicants are usually offered research assistantships at the same time the applicant is admitted to the Graduate Program.


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