The program leading to the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering is a dissertation-based program designed to prepare students for research and development at the doctoral level. The program requires a minimum of
68 course credits representing advanced courses, independent research a comprehensive exam (which serves as a qualifying exam for admission to candidacy), and a dissertation constituting an original and significant contribution to the discipline.
Education through research is a hallmark of our graduate programs and there are substantive research opportunities. As a graduate student, your education encompasses the guiding principles of materials science (structure, processing, properties and performance); teaching, mentorship and leadership; and novel research leading to the advancement of scientific knowledge.
The MSE graduate program offers research initiatives in the areas listed below:
- Materials for Energy Applications
- Materials for Extreme Environments
- Electronic Memory Materials
- Semiconductor Processes and Materials
- Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys
- Nanomaterials Synthesis and Development
- Advanced Function Nanomaterials
- Computational Materials
New research opportunities are on the horizon as we welcome several new faculty members to the Materials Science and Engineering Department.