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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 a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering?

To excel in the field of materials science and engineering, a Ph.D. provides in-depth knowledge of materials and the opportunity to dedicate quality time to research. A Ph.D. in materials opens doors to faculty positions in academia, as well as advanced positions in industry. Our faculty are involved in a wide variety of research areas.

How do I apply?

Your application to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering begins right here. In addition, if you are eligible for one of these fellowships, please send a copy of your CV and some information about your research interests to Sarit Kunz.

What are the requirements of the program?

At least 90 quarter credits are required for the Ph.D. degree. An M.S. degree is not a prerequisite for the Ph.D. degree, but does count as 45 quarter credits toward the 90 quarter credit requirement. Additional courses are encouraged for students entering the department with an M.S. degree. Students entering the department at the B.S. level must satisfy the course requirements for the M.S. degree. Students choose a doctoral thesis topic after consultation with the faculty. Students are required to consider topics early in the program. An oral thesis presentation and defense are scheduled at the completion of the thesis work.

In addition to the graduate seminar, which is required of all graduate students, doctoral program students must pass an oral candidacy examination during their seminar and an original proposal defense.

Are there any fellowships available?

Applicants to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have the opportunity to apply for financial aid in the department, which can come in the form of a Research Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship. Additionally, qualified U.S. citizens or permanent residents can apply to several internal federally funded fellowship programs including the NSF-sponsored IGERT in nanotechnology and Department of Education GAANN fellowships.

What are the requirements to apply for the Ph.D. program in Materials?

While the general requirements are 700 (GRE, math), 500 (GRE, verbal) and 100 (TEOFL), special consideration will be given to applicants with exceptional records of academic excellence and research experiences. Please also look at the Application Checklist and the Program Information for MSE.

How can I learn more about getting a Ph.D. 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 read through some of the prospective graduate frequently asked questions or contact our graduate advisor, Dr. Christopher Li.

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Last updated Thursday, October 20, 2011