Section 7: Non-Thesis MS Committees and Culminating Experience
7.1 MS Examination Committee Formation and Approval
The MS examination committee will consist of the research advisor and one other faculty member. For non-thesis MS students, the main advisor often is the Graduate Studies Chair, and the second committee member may be someone whose lab the student is observing. Of these 2 faculty members, both of whom must have M or P graduate faculty status, at least one must be a BME departmental faculty member. The composition of the MS Examination Committee must be approved by the BMEGSC when the completed MS program of study template is submitted. Faculty signatures imply both approval of the program and membership on the student’s advisory/examination committee. The approved program and committee must be on file with the Graduate Studies Office before the end of the second Autumn semester (or the student’s third term of enrollment).
Approval of the MS committee must be requested in the cover letter attached to the proposed program of study. Students should be sure to work closely with their MS committee to ensure satisfactory and efficient progress on research toward the thesis.
7.2 Non-thesis MS Culminating Experience
In addition to completion of all courses on the approved program of study, a non-thesis Master’s student will be required to arrange and complete a 12-hour culminating experience involving the application of biomedical engineering. This could involve an internship or practicum in an industrial setting; a mentored patient-contact experience; a community service experience; research rotations, or some similar experience. The objective of this experience should be to experience BME “in situ”.
Following the completion of this culminating experience, a written Master’s Exam consisting of a 1000-1500 word written document explaining the experience and its relevance to the field must be submitted to the MS committee members. An oral presentation or meeting discussing the experience may also be included at the discretion of the advisor, but it is not required.
This experience and written project/Master’s Exam must be coordinated and completed by the student in accordance with published Graduate School Master’s Exam deadlines. This means the written project will be submitted by the student and reviewed by the MS committee with enough time for the committee members to submit their approval of it (via the MS Examination link emailed to them by the Graduate School) by the published MS Exam deadline. The written project will not be submitted to the Graduate School.
Students may reach out to their lab mates, peers from BMEGSA and/or student mentors for advice on completing the culminating experience, but requirements and timing to meet the Graduate School deadline will be determined by the MS advisor and committee member.
7.3 Graduation for Non-Thesis MS Students
In order to graduate with a Master of Science (MS) degree, students must meet all requirements established by the BME department and the Graduate School.
An Application to Graduate must be filed no later than the first day of the term in which a student intends to graduate to allow time for a BME graduation audit and approval by the Advisor and Graduate Studies Committee Chair. Graduating students must be enrolled for at least 3 credit hours in the term of graduation. The Graduate School’s graduation checklist for MS students in their final term of enrollment can be found here.
If requirements go unmet or the MS exam deadline is missed, students may be able to meet the Graduate School’s end-of- semester deadlines without having to register the following term. If the E-O-S deadlines are missed, it will be necessary to resubmit a new Application to Graduate the following term.
DEGREE COMPLETION REMINDERS FOR NON-THESIS MS
- Students & advisors may jointly petition the BMEGSC for waivers of program or committee requirements. These should be accompanied by a proposed or approved program of study whenever possible.
- Petitions should be submitted in the form of a brief letter addressed to the BMEGSC and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be considered at convened monthly BMEGSC meetings. Last-minute petitions may not be reviewed.
- Changes to an approved Program or Committee must be reviewed by the BMEGSC at least one full semester
- before an Application to Graduate is filed.
- Applications to Graduate will not be approved unless the student’s final BMEGSC-approved Program and Committees are on file in the Graduate Office and most other graduation requirements, as stated in the GSH and BMEH, are met.
- Applications to Graduate should be submitted via gradforms.osu.edu at least one full week in advance of the Graduate School deadline. No forms will be signed by the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee until a graduation audit has been completed by the BME graduate studies office.
- Remember that all degree requirements must be met and completed by the graduation deadlines posted by the Graduate School.
- Review your advising report each semester and contact your faculty about missing/outstanding grades.