Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering

72 credit hours beyond the B.S.

This program provides advanced, research-based education and knowledge through advanced coursework, state-of-the-art and original research, and publication of novel results in preparation for careers in academia and industrial research and development.

The department offers programs leading to the Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. The doctoral degree is awarded in recognition of a high level of mastery in one of the several fields of the department including a significant original research contribution. A student working toward the Ph.D. degree has great flexibility in formulating an overall program to meet individual needs under the guidance of an adviser and the department.

Further, the student must be accepted by a thesis adviser and pass a qualifying examination given by the department in order to be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The examination evaluates the student’s background in order to determine the student’s potential for achieving a doctorate.

The student, in consultation with the adviser, prepares a plan of study to meet individual needs and interests, which must then be approved by the adviser, the department’s graduate studies committee, the department chair, and the Graduate College. The plan of study usually consists of at least one full year of advanced coursework beyond the master’s degree, or equivalent, and a minimum of one full year of thesis research.

After the student essentially completes all coursework, he or she must pass the Ph.D. comprehensive examination. Conducted by the student’s thesis advisory committee, this examination must be completed at least one year prior to graduation. Concentrated research to satisfy the requirements of a doctoral dissertation is ordinarily conducted after the comprehensive examination has been passed. The dissertation must be approved by the student’s thesis advisory committee. Thesis research should be equivalent to at least one full year's work, corresponding to up to 36 thesis credit hours. This work is performed on campus; the department’s graduate studies committee and the Dean of the Graduate College must approve off-campus research. The doctoral dissertation is expected to contain a distinct and substantial original contribution to the student’s field of study. After the research has been completed and a preliminary draft of the dissertation is approved, the candidate defends his or her thesis at a final oral examination, which is open to the public.


Required Courses (17-18)
Select a minimum of six courses from the following:17-18
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
Ph.D. Research (24-36)
MMAE 691Research and Thesis Ph.D.24-36

Minimum degree credits required: 72