The graduate program in materials science and engineering is designed to
provide students with a fundamental understanding of phenomena
occurring in materials and their associated chemical, electrical,
mechanical, and physical properties. The master's program prepares
students for professional careers in materials science and engineering
or for additional studies at the doctoral level.
Candidates for a master's or doctoral degree may elect programs
emphasizing metals, polymers, ceramics, composite materials, or
electronic materials, as well as a number of other areas. Although the
program is administered through the College of Engineering, it is
broadly interdisciplinary, actively involving faculty in both the
College of Science and the College of Engineering. In addition to
materials science and engineering courses, applicable courses are in the
disciplines of aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering,
chemistry, civil engineering, computer science engineering, electrical
engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics.
Minor in Materials Science and Engineering
To receive a minor in Materials Science and Engineering, a student must complete 18 hours of courses approved in advance by the MSE Undergraduate Program Advisor.
Master of Science and Master of Engineering
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering: The
Master of Science degree is a research-oriented degree in which
completion of a thesis is mandatory. The program consists of a minimum
of 24 credit hours of coursework (a minimum of 18 credit hours in MSE
courses) and an acceptable thesis (minimum of six credit hours).
Master of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering: The Master
of Engineering degree is an engineering practice-oriented program
requiring a minimum of 36 credit hours (A minimum of 24 credit hours of
coursework must be in MSE courses.). A maximum of six hours may be a
A final program examination is required of all master's
degree candidates. Non-thesis degree candidates will fulfill the program
examination requirement upon the successful completion of MSE 5192,
Master's Comprehensive Examination. Candidates must enroll in MSE 5192
in the semester they intend to graduate.
The M.S. and M. Engr. dgree programs require successful
completion of three courses out of the following four core courses:
- MSE 5304 Analysis of Materials
- MSE 5405 Solid State Physics and Thermodynamics of Materials
- MSE 5312 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
- MSE 5321 Phase Transformations of Materials
- Elective Courses:
- The remaining courses can be selected from a diverse variety of materials topics.
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering
The Ph.D. degree program involves an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach that requires students to complete a set of Materials Science and Engineering core courses augmented by elective offerings in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering and physics.
A Ph.D. candidate must successfully to carry out independent research in an area acceptable to the Committee on Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering. A student's research is directed by a faculty member from any of the departments or programs participating in the Materials Science and Engineering Program.
After completion of the first year's coursework (i.e., core
courses), students must satisfactorily complete diagnostic
examinations, which may be written or oral or written and oral with a
supplemental interview with faculty members.
A student must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination
upon completion of all or nearly all of the coursework requirements
and after having demonstrated research ability through partial
completion of dissertation research.
The dissertation research will be formulated in conjunction
with the student's faculty research advisor, who may be associated
with any of the academic disciplines participating in the Materials
Science and Engineering Program. The dissertation research represents
the culmination of the student's academic efforts and is expected to
demonstrate original and independent research activity and be a
significant contribution to knowledge in the field.