In their final term at OSU, all grad students must schedule a final oral examination (a.k.a. "defense") through the Graduate School using the Exam Scheduling Form. Exam Scheduling Form. Students must be formally enrolled (for a minimum of 3 graduate credits) during the term in which the exam takes place. Before submitting the exam scheduling form students will need to determine the date, time and location of their exam by contacting all of their committee members (including a GCR for PhD and MS-thesis students) and coordinating the event to work with everyone’s schedules. After determining a date and time for the exam, students should work with Stephanie Grigar in 114 Dearborn Hall to reserve the MIME Seminar room or other appropriate venue for their exam.
Exams should be scheduled to minimize conflict with MIME graduate courses. Graduating MS and PhD students must announce their research presentations at least two weeks in advance. A standard form for thesis defense announcements can be obtained from Stephanie Grigar in 114 Dearborn Hall. All currently enrolled MIME graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend the presentation phase of their colleagues' final oral examinations.
- PhD and MS–thesis option students must submit the pretext pages of their thesis to the Graduate School before scheduling the final oral examination. The PhD and MS-thesis option final oral examination has two components: a public presentation of your research, and an oral examination conducted by their committee. The exam lasts two hours. More information of exam requirements can be found on the Graduate School website.
- For the MS–project option, the final oral examination is conducted by the student’s graduate committee for the purpose of ensuring a solid understanding of engineering concepts and practice within the student’s discipline. The project must be completed prior to the examination, and copies of the project report must be distributed to all committee member at least one week prior to the examination. Although there is no required public presentation component, up to one-half of the two hour exam may be devoted to presentation of and questions about the project. The exam lasts one to two hours.
- For the Master of Engineering (MEng) degree, the final oral exam focuses entirely on the coursework listed on a student’s program of study. The MEng final oral exam format differs between the industrial engineering (IE) and the mechanical engineering (ME) majors.
The MEng exam for an IE student will consist of a series of questions designed by their committee to ensure that they have an excellent understanding of the industrial engineering concepts and practices addressed in this coursework. The exam lasts one hour. The questions will cover subject matter from three predetermined courses from the student's program of study. The student's major professor will inform the student which courses will be addressed.
The MEng in ME final oral exam is a brief exit interview-type exam that lasts 15 to 20 mins. MEng in ME students will be asked to come to their exam with a brief (5-7 minutes) PowerPoint presentation highlighting the following:
- An introduction of who they are;
- Why they chose OSU for your Master of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering;
- The courses they included in their program of study;
- A high level overview of any one in-class project on which their committee may assess whether they were able to produce a form of creative work;
- Their future plans.