MSE Graduate Program

Graduate Program

The School offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. These programs emphasize the application of the basic sciences to the understanding of the structure, properties, and processing of materials. Programs of study are designed to broaden and to deepen the student's knowledge of those parts of the field which are of most universal applicability. Graduate enrollment is approximately 50-55 students. Admission is open to students with undergraduate baccalaureate degrees in not only the field of Materials Science and Engineering but also in other engineering and science fields. Students are encouraged to apply early in the fall term. Admission is based upon prior performance and projected success as indicated by undergtaduate scholastic performance, industrial work experience, and recommendations from those most familiar with the student's record. Admission is to the master's programs and only those with exceptional backgrounds are considered for direct admission to the Ph.D. program.

Master of Science

The master's programs are designed to guide the student to expand his/her knowledge base in the field through course work and self study and to develop analytical and/or experimental skills through a research/design experience. Options of thesis or non-thesis are open, depending on the student's professional goals. The thesis option requires 18 semester credit hours (~ six courses) plus an acceptable thesis, and the non-thesis option requires 30 semester credits of course work, six of which must be earned through project-oriented study.

Doctor of Philosophy

There are no formal course requirements. A plan of study designed for the student's professional goals made in conjunction with an Advisory Committee will be submitted to the Graduate Committee for approval. Normally, this plan will include one or two related areas in engineering and/or the sciences to supplement the primary area of study. Admission to candidacy is based upon a preliminary examination which tests the student's understanding of basic concepts, ability to synthesize knowledge and ideas developed through course work and self study, and aptitude for independent research. A scholarly thesis must be written and defended publicly before a final examination committee.