Applicants to the MS program in Materials Science and Engineering should have a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or the physical sciences. Students accepted with degrees in disciplines other than Ceramics, Glass, or Materials Science and Engineering may be required to complete some undergraduate courses to ensure competency in the field.
The program requires 30 credit-hours beyond the bachelor's level, as follows:
- Thermodynamics of Materials or Solid State Physics (3 credits)
- Characterization of Materials (3 credits)
- Graduate-level technical electives (9 credits)
- Graduate Seminar (0 credit, mandatory every semester)
- Thesis research (14 credits)
- Research Seminar (1 credit)
Candidates for the degree must submit and successfully defend a Master's thesis based on work completed as part of the 14 credit-hours of thesis research. In collaboration with their thesis advisors, candidates must also write and submit a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Length of Study
The program is designed to be completed in 16 months (3 semesters plus summers) of full-time study. The program must be completed within six years of first admission. Continuous enrollment is required.
Funding and Assistantships
Accepted full-time students are eligible for financial support, ranging from partial support (work opportunities) to full support (an annual stipend plus a tuition waiver). Students will be notified of their award upon acceptance.
Applicants who do not receive full support are placed on a waiting list for additional funding. Because additional support is not guaranteed, students who receive partial support should make plans to support themselves throughout the duration of the degree program. More information about the tuition rates, projected living costs, and the availability of loans is available on the Office of Admissions web page.