Master's Student Information
The mission of aviation and space program has three essential components:
- Cultivate exemplary graduate instruction through a professional atmosphere in which students learn, develop, promote integrity and contribute to the broader aviation community.
- Engage in applied aerospace research and scholarly initiatives that benefit industry, general aviation, government and the public.
- Provide leadership, expertise and professional development opportunities for aerospace professionals and the aerospace industry, and to promote a greater understanding of aerospace among the general public.
Student Learning Outcome
Master’s students will be able to analyze and evaluate scholarly information covering a broad spectrum of aerospace topics and present their findings and conclusions in well-ordered written and oral presentations that accurately assesses the meaningfulness of each topical area.
Time Limit to Earn Degree
Students are expected to complete the master’s degree requirements within seven years form first enrollment after admission to the graduate program. After that time, the student must submit a written petition to the OSU Graduate College requesting an extension of time-to-degree limits.
First semester master’s students must obtain their faculty chair/advisor's clearance prior to attempting to enroll. The student’s faculty chair/advisor is appointed at the time of admittance to the master’s program.
To be considered a “full-time” graduate student, students must be enrolled in at least nine hours in either fall or spring semester and at least three hours during the summer sessions. A student may not enroll in more than 12 credit hours in the fall or spring semester without approval of the OSU Graduate College. During the summer session, a student may not enroll in more than nine credit hours.
Responsible Conduct of Research Training
OSU policy requires degree-seeking graduate students to receive appropriate, institutionally-endorsed education and training in responsible conduct of research. Master’s students are required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training during their first semester at OSU.
All master’s students must complete RCR requirements, including plagiarism and the social and behavioral modules prior to the submission of a Plan of Study. A Plan of Study will not be approved by the OSU Graduate College until the student has completed the RCR training component.
Plan of Study
A Plan of Study (POS) serves as a contract between the student and OSU. Graduate education at OSU is highly personalized, and the POS is the blueprint for successful completion of all degree requirements. The original POS must be submitted to the OSU Graduate College prior to the end of the first semester of enrollment for the master’s degree.
Transfer of Graduate Credits
Transfer credit must be recommended by the student’s faculty chair/advisor through the submission of the Plan of Study. Up to nine credit hours of transfer credit may be used toward the MS in Aviation and Space degree.
Graduate Clearance Form and Graduate Application
At the time of enrollment for the last semester or summer session of work toward a degree, master’s students must complete and submit a Graduation Clearance form to the OSU Graduate College before they can submit a Graduate Application with the Office of the Registrar.
OSU holds one Graduate Commencement Ceremony at the close of the fall and spring semesters. Students who plan to meet graduation requirements at the close of the summer session are invited and encouraged to participate in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony at the close of the previous spring semester.