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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.

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All applicants are required to send three letters of recommendation with the following guidelines:

  1. You must use the Recommendation Form.  
  2. Additional written letters of recommendation may be sent.
  3. The form and letters should be sent directly to the MSE Department by either method: 
    1. Mail to: 
      The University of Texas at Arlington
      Department of Materials Science and Engineering
      501 W. 1st Street, ELB 231
      Arlington, TX 76019, USA
      (Letters that are mailed should be in sealed envelopes with recommender's signature over the seal.)

    2. Email to: 
      (Emailed forms and letters must be received directly from the recommender.)

Degrees Offered

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.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Materials Science and Engineering

The Master of Science degree options available are: 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 (a minimum of 24 credit hours in MSE courses):

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

Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) in Materials Science and Engineering

The Master of Engineering degree is an engineering practice-oriented program requiring a minimum of 30 credit hours. A minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework must be in MSE courses.

MSE 5300 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering: This course must be taken by any students whose academic backgrounds are different from Materials Science and Engineering. An exemption may be granted by the Graduate Advisor if it is determined that the student has a solid foundation for Materials Science and Engineering. The credit for MSE 5300 will not be counted towards the total credits required for graduation. However, the grade of MSE 5300 will be counted in calculating the GPA.

The M.S. and M. Engr. degree programs require 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

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.

Certificate in Nanotechnology

The Certificate in Nanotechnology provides the fundamentals, principles and applications of the emerging and exciting field of nanotechnology in the areas of energy, environment, security and human health, with weighted emphasis on the development of new materials and their applications. This program aims at the dual goal of exploring the potential of nanotechnology in addressing current global technological needs while acting as a resource for developing and educating the future workforce. Course material can be available over the internet upon request to accommodate participants from industry who do not have regular access to campus. The certificate is open to all current science and engineering degree-seeking students and holders of a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering. For those who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, the Certificate in Nanotechnology will be awarded concurrently with an undergraduate degree. The completed certificate program of study will be forwarded to the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration for verification and notation on the student's transcript. A formal certificate will be prepared for the student by the university and recognition will be given at the graduation ceremonies. Students must complete 15 hours of coursework. Transferred course credit cannot be used for the certificate. Prerequisites must be met for all courses and all courses used to satisfy the certificate requirements must be passed with a minimum grade of C and their combined GPA must be at least 3.0. Consultation with the Materials Science and Engineering advisor is encouraged to check the course availability and any changes in the course requirements.