Materials Science and Engineering Doctoral Degree Program

Material Science and Engineering Department

Objective and Description

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.

Degree Overview

The Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering is designed to provide the most advanced understanding of materials science and engineering and relevant skills. The interdisciplinary nature of the program enables students to pursue research opportunities in diverse areas, and to pursue a successful career in a broad range of advanced industries as well as in academia as a leader.

About the Program

Candidates for a Ph.D. degree will gain mastery of advanced knowledge on properties of metals, polymers, ceramics, composite materials, or electronic materials, as well as a number of other areas. As the program is broadly interdisciplinary, actively involving faculty in both the College of Science and the College of Engineering, students can pursue diverse areas of expertise and enjoy a broad spectrum of career paths with:

  • 4 core courses for fundamental knowledge on MSE principles
  • 4 electives for chosen area of expertise and career path
  • Extensive research in the chosen area

Degree options

Option 1: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Physical Science is required for admission
  • 24 credit hours course work (8 courses) and 9 credit hour dissertation.

Option 2: B.S. to Ph.D.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physical Science is required for admission
  • 30 credit hours regular courses (10 courses) and 9 credit hour dissertation

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Requirements for Licensure or Certification

All discipline specific programs in the College of Engineering meet educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia.


All applications for admission will also be considered for assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships. Some of the offers for financial aid are made well before the final deadline for application. Applicants are strongly urged to complete their applications early to take advantage of all the opportunities for financial aid available in the College of Engineering and the University.