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The graduate program in materials science and engineering provides a thorough grounding in the fundamental behavior of ceramics, composites, electronic materials, metals, and polymers. Emphasis is also given to the application of concepts and basic principles in the selection, design, processing, and use of engineering materials. Special topics courses are offered to complement the programs of graduate research. Research is primarily in the areas of nanostructured materials, biomaterials, composite materials, functional materials, materials processing, materials synthesis, electronic materials, and structural materials.

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Why should I consider an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering?

A materials science and engineering master's degree is a postgraduate degree that enables you to enhance your academic qualifications and skills to advance your career in an in-demand engineering specialization.

How do I apply?

Your application to the M.S. program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering begins right here. If you're not sure what kind of research interests you, take a moment to peruse the wide variety of faculty research areas.

What are the requirements of the program?

A total of 45 quarter credits is required for the M.S. degree. These include two required core courses on Materials at Equilibrium and Solid Sate Materials. Additionally, students choose four courses from a list of nine additional core courses. All full-time students are required to undertake a 9-credit thesis on a topic of materials research supervised by a faculty member. M.S. and B.S./M.S. students can select the Non-thesis Option if carrying out research work is not possible, in which case, the thesis may be replaced by either (a) a 6-credit Thesis Proposal and 3-credit course work, or (b) 9-credit course work. All students are required, during their first year, to propose an advisor supported research thesis topic or literature survey for approval by the department. Students are urged to make a choice of topic as early as possible and to choose appropriate graduate courses in consultation with their advisor. The program is organized so that part-time students may complete the degree requirements in two to four years. Full-time students may complete the program in two years.

How can I learn more about getting an M.S. in materials science and engineering?

Please explore our Web site for more information about our department and our program. If you are interested in visiting the department to meet one-on-one with faculty, students, and staff and to take a tour of our labs, please contact Sarit Kunz. For questions about the graduate program, please please read through some of the prospective graduate frequently asked questions orcontact our graduate advisor, Dr. Christopher Li.

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Last updated Thursday, October 20, 2011