Feb 06, 2023  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Science and Engineering, MS

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Program Requirements

Materials Science and Engineering is concerned with the production, properties and microstructure of the materials that are often the primary limitation to the advancement of modern technology. Emphasis is placed on applying the fundamental principles that govern the development of structural properties of materials to produce the desired mechanical, electrical, optical and other physico-chemical characteristics.

The Materials Science and Engineering program prepares graduate students to apply science and engineering principles to design new materials and solve problems related to the scientific understanding and characterization of materials behavior and the development of new technologies necessary for the processing and manufacturing of different materials and related products. The curriculum provides for specialization in metallurgy, glasses and ceramics, polymeric materials, and fiber-based materials, including electronic materials, biomaterials, textile and composite materials.

Students with a baccalaureate degree in any branch of engineering, as well as chemistry, physics and biology majors with strong mathematical backgrounds, may be admitted to the program. The program is designed to produce engineers and scientists whose degrees represent specialization coupled with a broad foundation in all materials.

Students in the MS degree program may choose the thesis or non-thesis option. Students in the thesis program must complete 24 credit hours of coursework, six credit hours of research and one credit hour of MSE 8010 . Of the 24 coursework credit hours, a maximum of 12 credits may be taken from 6000-level courses. Students in the non-thesis option must complete 30 credits, followed by the submission of a publishable report on an approved topic.

Students are required to take at least six MSE graduate courses selected by the student in consultation with their advisor and advisory committee members. Of these six courses at least four must be at the 8000 level. Students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA in order to graduate with a MS degree. All students must complete six hours of graduate-level independent research.

Students should consult their advisors for course requirements. All MS and PhD students must enroll in MSE 8000  every semester.

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