Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering

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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 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. All full-time doctoral students are required to register for MMAE 593 MMAE Seminar in every semester and achieve an attendance of greater than 80%. 

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, and the department chair. 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. The plan should also include MMAE 593 MMAE Seminar in every semester.

After students essentially complete all coursework, they 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 their 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
Intro to Polymer Science3
Advanced Aerospace Materials3
Engineering Analysis I3
Advanced Thermodynamics3
Fatigue & Fracture Mechanisms3
Elec,Mag, Optical Prop of Mtrl3
Solidification & Crystal Grwth3
Design Modern Alloys3
Advanced Mechanical Metallurgy3
Dislocations/Strengthening Mec3
Materials Laboratory3
Prblms High Tempte Materials3
Fracture Mechanisms3
Advanced Physical Metallurgy3
Computational Methods in MSE3
Materials Process Selection3
Fiber Composites3
Advanced Materials Processing3
Ph.D. Research (24-36)
MMAE 691Research and Thesis Ph.D.24-36

Minimum degree credits required: 72