Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

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The master of science degree program advances knowledge through post-baccalaureate coursework and state-of-the-art research in preparation for careers in industrial research and development. The M.S. degree is also generally acceptable as a prerequisite for study toward the doctorate. In line with the department’s approach to its graduate programs, a student has considerable flexibility, in consultation with his or her program adviser, in formulating an M.S. program.

The master of science degree requires completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours of approved work, which includes 6-8 credit hours of thesis research. Before completion of the first semester of graduate study, full-time students should select an area of specialization and a permanent adviser. Graduate students pursuing the M.S. degree on a part-time basis should select a permanent adviser before registering for their twelfth credit hour. The student, in consultation with the adviser, prepares a program of study that reflects individual needs and interests. The adviser must approve this program, as well as the department’s graduate studies committee, the department chair, and the Graduate College.

After completion of the thesis, the student is required to pass an oral comprehensive examination on his or her thesis and related topics. The examination committee consists of at least three appropriate faculty members who are nominated by the thesis adviser and appointed by the department’s graduate studies committee.


Required Courses (18)
Select a minimum of six courses from the following:18
Failure Analysis3
Introduction to Ceramic Materials3
Introduction to Polymer Science3
Advanced Aerospace Materials3
Engineering Analysis I3
Advanced Thermodynamics3
Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics3
Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties of Materials3
Solidification and Crystal Growth3
Design of Modern Alloys3
Advanced Mechanical Metallurgy3
Dislocations and Strengthening Mechanisms3
Materials Laboratory3
Problems in High-Temperature Materials3
Fracture Mechanisms3
Advanced Physical Metallurgy3
Computational Methods in Materials Science and Engineering3
Miscrostructural Characterization of Materials3
Transmission Electron Microscopy3
Ferrous Transformations3
Materials and Process Selection3
Fiber Composites3
Advanced Materials Processing3
Thermodynamics in Materials Science3
Elective Courses (6-8)
Select 6-8 credit hours of non-core courses6-8
Thesis Research (6-8)
MMAE 591Research and Thesis M.S.6-8

Minimum degree credits required: 32

Up to 12 credit hours of 400-level, non-core courses that were not required for the completion of an undergraduate degree and approved by the department's graduate studies committee may count toward satisfying this requirement. Up to 6 credit hours of accelerated (700-level) courses are allowed.