Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

The master of science degree program advances knowledge through post-baccalaureate coursework. The program requires 32 credit hours. Students have the option of completing a thesis based on up to eight credit hours of research (MMAE 591) with the approval of a thesis adviser, or completing the program with courses, which may include up to six credit hours of projects (MMAE 594). In line with the department's approach to its graduate programs, a student has considerable flexibility, in consultation with his/her adviser, in formulating an M.S. program.

Before completion of the first semester of graduate study, full-time students should select 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 as well as the department's graduate studies committee and the department chair must approve this program. Students with the thesis option are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination on his/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.

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (Coursework Only Option)

Minimum Credits Required 32
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Maximum 700-Level Credit 6
Required Courses (18)
Select a minimum of 18 credit hours from the Materials Science Courses below18
Elective Courses (14)
Select a minimum of 14 credit hours of 400-level and above MMAE courses 114

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (Thesis Option) 

Minimum Credits Required 32
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Maximum 700-Level Credit 6
Required Courses (18)
Select a minimum of 18 credit hours from the Materials Science Courses below18
Elective Courses (6-8)
Select six to eight credit hours of 400-level and above MMAE courses 16-8
Thesis Research (6-8)
MMAE 591Research and Thesis M.S.6-8

Materials Science Courses

MMAE 461Failure Analysis3
MMAE 470Introduction to Polymer Science3
MMAE 472Advanced Aerospace Materials3
MMAE 501Engineering Analysis I3
MMAE 520Advanced Thermodynamics3
MMAE 533Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics3
MMAE 554Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties of Materials3
MMAE 561Solidification and Crystal Growth3
MMAE 562Design of Modern Alloys3
MMAE 563Advanced Mechanical Metallurgy3
MMAE 564Dislocations and Strengthening Mechanisms3
MMAE 565Materials Laboratory3
MMAE 566Problems in High-Temperature Materials3
MMAE 567Fracture Mechanisms3
MMAE 568Diffusion2
MMAE 569Advanced Physical Metallurgy3
MMAE 570Computational Methods in Materials Science and Engineering3
MMAE 576Materials and Process Selection3
MMAE 578Fiber Composites3
MMAE 579Advanced Materials Processing3