Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Regular admission requires a 3.5 grade point average in the Master of Science degree or in the Bachelor of Science degree, from an accredited U.S. institution, and the written approval of the student’s advisor (selected from the departmental faculty). Evaluation of admission credits is determined by the Department Graduate Officer.

A minimum of ninety credits beyond the Bachelor of Science degree is required in the Doctor of Philosophy program, including thirty credits in dissertation direction. The thirty credit dissertation registration requirement is fulfilled by registering for the courses MSE 9991, MSE 9992, MSE 9993, and MSE 9994 (Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction I, II, III, and IV, respectively), in consecutive academic year semesters. Credit distribution must also include at least thirty credits in graduate courses numbered 7000 and above, including the core courses:

MSE 5650Surface Science3
MSE 7300Advanced Thermodynamics3
MSE 7400Mechanical Behavior of Materials3
PHY 6450Introduction to Material and Device Characterizations4
CHM 7060Materials Chemistry and Engineering Students may choose either PHY 6450 or CHM 70603

Note: Students are required to take four core courses, including MSE 5650, MSE 7300, and MSE 7400, plus either PHY 6450 or CHE 7060.  

Also required are: a qualifying examination, taken after the equivalent of one academic year of course work; an approved dissertation outline and prospectus; and a final oral examination, taken after the completion of the Ph.D. dissertation. Students should consult the Graduate School's regulations governing doctoral study.