Dec 04, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Science and Engineering, MSMSCE


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The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering, with research specialization in the following areas:  

  • Ceramics  

  • Electronic Materials  

  • Metals and Alloys  

  • Micro-Materials  

  • Nanomaterials  

  • Polymers and Composites  

  • Surfaces and Interfaces  

  • Thin Film 

 

Admission Requirements 

Admission to the M.S. degree program is on a competitive basis, and financial assistance is available through teaching and research assistantships, as well as a limited number of fellowships. Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 on all undergraduate work. Persons with backgrounds in any physical science or engineering discipline are encouraged to apply, as each applicant’s qualifications are reviewed individually. Minimum requirements for admission include a bachelor’s degree and four semesters of university-level calculus, calculus-based physics, and chemistry. Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission, as acceptance is on a competitive and space-available basis. 

 

Degree Requirements  

The master’s degree is offered under Plan A (thesis option) and Plan B (non-thesis option). Candidates for the degree under Plan A must complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate courses to include, if desired, no more than 6 credit hours of MSE 768  and submit and defend a thesis that demonstrates research ability. The required course work includes the materials science core (MSE 632  MSE 635  MSE 650  MSE 781  ) as well as appropriate electives selected in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. In certain exceptional cases (as determined by the faculty), a non-thesis M.S. may be undertaken (Plan B). The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of course work that includes the materials science core, and is only available to those students with prior research or industrial experience. For both Plan A and Plan B, at least half of all graduate course work must be at the 600 level or above. 

  

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