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Materials Science and Engineering, M.S.

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.

Materials Science and Engineering

Candidates for a master's degree in materials science and engineering 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.

Requirements and Courses

The Master of Science degree has a thesis option and thesis substitute option.

The thesis option 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).

The thesis-substitute option must take a minimum of 30 credit hours as specified below:

  • 27 credit hours of coursework (a minimum of 24 credit hours in MSE courses);
  • 3 credit hour Master’s Research Project in Materials Science and Engineering I (MSE 5394);

The Master of Science degree program requires successful completion of the following four core courses:

  • MSE 5304. Analysis of Materials
  • MSE 5305. Solid State Physics and Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MSE 5312. Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • MSE 5321. Phase Transformations of Materials