Ohio State University Review

The online engineering program at Ohio State University offers one degree option in welding engineering. While the degree choices are limited, the expert faculty and career services help you make the most of this specialized field.

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The Good

Online master's in welding engineering available

Ohio State University offers a two-year online master’s of science in welding engineering designed for individuals who are working in a welding engineering or welding-related job. The degree program offers a total of six areas of specialization including welding processes, metallurgy, design, micro and nano materials processing, joining of plastics and composites, and non-destructive evaluation. In order to be considered a strong applicant, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical sciences, or a related field. Ohio State is one of the few schools to offer this specialized degree and possibly the only school to make it available to you online.

Affordable tuition rates

The cost of an online master’s degree in engineering at Ohio State is fairly affordable, especially when compared to other online engineering degree programs. There are different tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students in the online graduate engineering program at Ohio State, but the cost per credit hour for both types of students are very similar. Most other state universities will charge out-of-state students several times the rate of in-state students, but Ohio State keeps the pricing fairly level for all online students.

Small, niche program

While the online engineering program at Ohio State only offers one degree choice in welding engineering, it is a degree that is in high demand and can lead you to many different industries after graduation. As an online student you have access to a small, nurturing environment with all the benefits of a major academic research institution. Ohio State’s online engineering program has a very small graduate student-to-faculty ratio which provides you with direct access to some of the leading authorities in welding engineering. Currently the program has seven full-time faculty, most of which are tenured track faculty, so you will have dedicated instructors that are experts in a very specialized area of engineering.

Dedicated career services

Ohio State has an engineering career services office that is dedicated to assisting engineering students with career opportunities before and after graduation. The office can help you secure a cooperative education or internship opportunity while you are still a current student, or help you find a full-time position up to one year after your graduation. Many universities offer career services of some kind to students, both online and residential, but Ohio State’s engineering program has its own office to help you find the right specialized engineering position for you. Outside of internship and job openings, you will have access to resume consultation, on-campus interview events, and recruiting events.

The Bad

Lacks degree choices

While Ohio State offers a very niche and specialized online engineering degree, the school currently only offers this one degree in an online format. The school has a number of graduate engineering degrees available on campus, but has yet to make them available online. There are several other top rated schools, like the University of Southern California, Columbia University, and others, that offer an array of engineering degrees for both online and on-campus students, and it is odd to see a school as large and notable as Ohio State with such a small online offering. As the school builds out its online engineering program in the future, you can expect to find more degree choices, but for now if your area of interest in engineering falls outside of welding you will want to look at other schools.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 2003-2004
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: Domestic: $40, International: $50
  • Location: OH
  • Number of Graduate Engineering Programs: 1
  • Region: Midwest
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (Per Credit)

  • In-State: $723
  • Out-of-State: $728


  • Master of Science in Welding Engineering


  • N/A

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average Student Age: N/A
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.14
  • Avg. GRE Analytical Writing: 4.5
  • Avg. GRE Quantitative: 152
  • Avg. GRE Verbal: 152
  • Gender Ratio: 13% female, 87% male
  • Maximum Class Size: N/A
  • Total Enrollment: 23


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: N/A
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 7
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 1

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009): 90%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 90%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 100%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 100%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2011-2012): 0%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): 25%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 15
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 62/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 34
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 72/100
  • Peer Reputation Mean Score (1-5): 3.3
  • Student Engagement Rank: 33
  • Student Engagement Score: 55/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 61
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 23/100

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