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Admissions Requirements

Candidates for the MGEL program must have earned a bachelors degree and have at least one year of professional work experience. An application packet is required when completing the online application, and items included are listed below.    

Specific requirements for each technical track include:

Automotive Systems Engineering 
A Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering and a working knowledge of Matlab and Simulink software.

Civil and Environmental Engineering 
A Bachelor of Science degree in Civil or Environmental Engieering.

Enterprise Services and Architectures
A Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, or Information Technology. 

Radar Systems
A Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Welding Engineering / Materials Joining
A Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Welding Engineering.


Applicants with non-engineering undergraduate degrees may apply. Although depending upon the degree and years of technical work experience, additional requirements may be specified including a GRE test score regardless of grade point average. Please contact Emery Dravec with questions at or 614-292-7153 before applying.


Application Packet for MGEL

The following items make up the application packet. After an application is received, the MGEL program will contact you regarding your choice of a technical track. This must be decided at the time of application. The program has rolling admissions, so under typical circumstances, once a complete application is received, you should receive a decision within 5-7 business days or earlier. 

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.

Transcripts not received in their original sealed enveloped will not be accepted. Transfer credits appearing on another school’s transcript does not constitute an official record and will not be accepted. A transcript must be forwarded from the original institution.

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. 

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

Minimal scores required:
Verbal 450/150
Quantitative 600/150
Analytical 3.5

If this is required, please have the test scores sent directly to Ohio State, School Code 1592. 

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