Materials Engineering

Program Overview 

The 100% online, materials engineering (MSE) concentration offers an area of specialization for students in the Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) / Master of Science (MS) degree. This program is for professionals who want to enhance their careers by developing cutting-edge knowledge in materials science and engineering as well as leading innovations in the five main classes of materials - metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and biomaterials. As a student in this program, you will focus on materials topics and technical knowledge, learning from the same renowned faculty who teach on campus.

Purdue University's online graduate engineering program is consistently ranked among the top three online programs by U.S. News and World Report, 2024. 

Students interested in the materials engineering concentration may also be interested in the online Additive Manufacturing (AM) certificate. This is a non-credit certificate offered in collaboration with The Barnes Global Advisors. The certificate offers professionals the opportunity to analyze industry case studies and stay current with the rapidly industrializing area of AM technologies and 3D printing.  

Course Topical Areas: 

Materials Fatigue Composites
Materials Engineering Fundamentals Machine Learning
Biomaterials Lean Manufacturing

Degree Requirements with the Materials Engineering Concentration

The Interdisciplinary Engineering (MSE or MS) degree requires a total of 30 credit hours with at least 18 credits of Purdue, graduate level, engineering courses. The materials engineering (MSE) concentration requirements must be completed within these degree requirements. 


Select two additional courses with MSE prefixes to fulfill this requirement. To see which what are available, please visit our courses page.  

Courses with engineering prefixes (AAE, BME, CE, ECE, IE, ME, MSE, SYS, etc.) will fulfill this requirement. To see what courses are available, please visit our courses page. 

Any courses listed on our courses page will fulfill this requirement, including available non-engineering courses.

All questions regarding courses and transfer credits should be directed to a student’s academic advisor. 

Creating Your Plan of Study 

The MSE/MS master's program offers a wide range of flexibility in course options. After you begin your studies at Purdue, an academic advisor will help you create an Electronic Plan of Study (EPOS) to best fit your educational needs and career goals.   

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements. This website is a knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.