Graduate Degree Programs in MSE

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The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers advanced degree options for a broad range of career goals. These include thesis-based Ph.D. and Master of Science programs, as well as a non-thesis Master of Engineering option. The academic requirements and student learning goals for the different degree programs are summarized below.

    Academic Requirements – by degree option

    Student Learning Goals – by degree option

  • Students successfully completing the Ph.D. program in MSE will develop and demonstrate:

    • a sound understanding of fundamental concepts in Materials Science and Engineering and their broad application in science and technology;
    • comprehensive knowledge and deep understanding of scholarly literature relevant to the specific area(s) of study, including both contemporary and foundational work; and
    • an ability to contribute substantially to their field of study through original research and sound application of fundamental concepts, scientific methods, and engineering practices.
  • Students successfully completing the M.S. program in MSE will develop and demonstrate:

    • a sound understanding of fundamental concepts in Materials Science and Engineering and their broad application in science and technology;
    • a functional awareness and understanding of scholarly literature relevant to the specific area(s) of study, including both contemporary and foundational work; and
    • an ability to work effectively in their field of interest through sound application of fundamental concepts, scientific methods, and engineering practices.
  • Students successfully completing the M.Eng. program in MSE will develop and demonstrate:

    • a sound understanding of fundamental concepts in Materials Science and Engineering and their broad application in science and technology;
    • an awareness of contemporary critical issues in Materials Science and Engineering; and
    • an ability to work effectively in their field of interest through sound application of fundamental concepts, scientific methods, and engineering practices.

Additional information about MSE Graduate Programs

Concurrent Degree Programs

Qualified juniors and seniors in Materials Engineering can apply for concurrent enrollment in the Graduate College to simultaneously pursue a M.S. or M.Eng. degree while completing their B.S. program. BS/MS students are eligible for Graduate assistantships, contingent upon major professor sponsorship.Learn more about concurrent enrollment.

Minor Programs in MSE

Graduate students in other departments who wish to declare a formal minor in materials science and engineering will have at least one MSE faculty member serving on their advisory committee.Learn more about minor programs in MSE.

Assistantships (Get Paid to Learn)

Research assistantships and teaching assistantships are available to qualified students to help offset the cost of graduate education. In addition, there are graduate scholarships and fellowships available to highly qualified students.