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Admissions Requirements

The MGEL program accepts applications year round and offers rolling admissions - meaning that students can start the program during any academic term (Spring, Summer, or Autumn).

Applicants must have an earned bachelor's degree and at least one year of professional work or internship experience. Applicants interested in the MGEL Automotive Systems track are expected to have a working knowledge of Matlab and Stimulink software.

​All MGEL applicants must submit and application packet made of the following items:

1. Application
Applicants for admission to the MGEL program must complete an Ohio State Graduate Admissions online application.  

2. Choice of technical track
After an application is received, the MGEL program will contact you regarding your choice of a technical track. The decision must be made when applying.

3. Resume
Include an updated copy of your resume listing work experience. Applicants should have at least one year of professional work experience. The resume can be uploaded in the online application system.

4. Academic credentials and transcripts
Copies of transcripts from all educational institutions you have attended must be submitted for degree verification and undergraduate GPA calculation. Unofficial copies can be uploaded in the online application system to form a complete application packet, but official copies of all transcripts (raised seal or notarized) must still be submitted to the Ohio State Graduate Admission's Office.

Note: You do not have to submit transcripts for course work or degrees received from The Ohio State University.  

5. Letters of recommendation
Arrange to have three recommendations prepared. One should be from your immediate supervisor, and the other two from previous employers or people in managerial positions who supervised your work. One may be from a person familiar with your qualifications and potential for graduate study. You will have the option of allowing your recommendations to be submitted electronically or in paper form. Instructions are provided for either method within the online application.

6. Statement of Intent
Include a short essay about why you wish to enroll in the MGEL degree 

7. Nonrefundable application processing fee
A non-refundable application fee of $60 is required. OSU alumni may be eligible for an admissions fee waiver.

8. Test Scores
A GRE score may be required for international applicants, for applicants with a degree from a non-ABET accredited college or university, and for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0. Contact the program admission's office for additional information and guidance.


MGEL Student Profile

Average age: 30

Average number of years of work experience: 8

Average undergraduate GPA: 3.22


Industries Represented:



Banking Energy
Engineering Consulting Environmental Engineering
Government Information Technology
Insurance Management Consulting
Manufacturing Military
Oil & Gas Research Technology
Transportation Engineering  

Undergraduate Fields of Study:

Mechanical Engineering Electrical Engineering
Civil Engineering Environmental Engineering
Computer Engineering Computer Science
Information Technology Electrical & Computer Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering Welding Engineering

MGEL Students typically have an undergraduate degree in the area of their desired technical track. Applicants with non-engineering degrees may apply. Depending on degree(s) earned and years of technical work experience, additional requirements, including GRE scores, may be specified.


Note for International Applicants:

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores more than two years old when we receive your application will not be accepted. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on paper based or 79 on internet based. 

Applicants who are citizens of, or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher in, one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement:

Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caicos Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Scotland, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks, United States, and Wales.

Once admitted, international students must complete Ohio State's ESL Composition Placement Test to demonstrate proficiency in academic English. Based on results of the ESL Composition Placement Test, students may have to take additional coursework in English as a Second Langauge. Students with a TOEFL (iBT) score of 114 or higher or 101 or higher and a 28 on the writing section will be exempt from the ESL Composition Placement Test. More information is available here: