Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E)

Students may enter the MS&E Graduate Program from undergraduate programs in materials science and engineering or other engineering or physical science disciplines. Entering students select a Thrust area and, if not in possession of equivalent undergraduate courses, receive instruction in classical thermodynamics and quantum mechanics in their first semester. Students then take core materials science courses and thrust courses that are determined by their Thrust area as well as elective courses that are specific to their research topic. Students supported by a Research or Teaching Assistantship are required to take 24 credit hours of instruction and write a master thesis to obtain an M.S.E. degree in Materials Science and Engineering.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Students may enter the Ph.D. program immediately after completing their undergraduate work or may obtain an MS degree first. Entering students select a Thrust area and, if not in possession of equivalent undergraduate courses, receive instruction in classical thermodynamics and quantum mechanics in their first semester. Students then take core materials science courses and thrust courses that are determined by their Thrust area as well as elective courses that are specific to their research topic. Students must maintain a 3.3 GPA in core courses  and show progress in their degree to qualify for admission to Ph.D. candidacy. The degree is awarded based on the candidate’s demonstrated mastery of a Thrust area, an oral preliminary exam that is usually taken after the second year in residence, completion of a written dissertation, and oral defense of original research before a dissertation committee.

 

Note: We do not allow two of the same degrees in similar (or the same) fields so applicants already holding degrees in Materials related subjects will not be considered for admission.  Examples: Materials, polymers, metallurgy, ceramics, etc.