M.S.E. Requirements

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers two options for students pursuing a Master of Science in Engineering: an M.S.E. degree with essay and an M.S.E. degree. Below, the requirements for each degree are detailed. Students interested in applying must adhere to the standard graduate admissions process.

  • The degree of Master of Science in Engineering with Essay is awarded subject to the recommendation of the student’s adviser and departmental approval, based on the satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

    1. Three core courses in materials science and engineering

    • 510.601: Structure of Materials
    • 510.602: Thermodynamics of Materials
    • 510.603: Phase Transformations in Materials

    2. Any one of the following:

    • 510.604: Mechanical Properties of Materials
    • 510.605: Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials
    • 510.606: Chemical and Biological Properties of Materials

    3. Four advanced (400-level or higher) electives in materials science and engineering or related fields subject to the following rules:

    • Up to two of the elective courses may be taken from the Engineering Programs for Professionals (EPP) part-time program.
    • Up to two of the electives may be business courses.
    • Any elective taken outside of the department (including all EPP courses) requires prior approval of the Graduate Program Committee.
    • With the approval of the Graduate Program Committee, the student may transfer up to two graduate courses from another institution. Students desiring such credit must make the request in writing to the Graduate Program Committee by the end of the first semester after matriculation. This request must include a description of the course, a course syllabus, and documentation of the grade received. Please note that transfer coursework grades do not count towards calculation of the GPA.

    4. A grade of C or better must be achieved in each course to obtain credit.

    5. An overall grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained and a grade point average of 3.0 is required to earn the degree at the end of the program.

    6. Attendance is required at the weekly Department of Materials Science and Engineering seminar.

    7. A master’s essay or journal publication is required. A master’s essay must be approved by one faculty reader and conform to the requirements of the Graduate Board. For a journal publication, a student must submit to the Graduate Program Committee an article describing his or her original research that has been published (or accepted for publication) in an archival, peer-reviewed technical journal. The student must be the primary author of the article.

     

    Admission to the M.S.E. program is through the standard graduate admissions process. The typical duration of the program is 21 months. The student’s transcript will reflect a Master of Science in Engineering with Essay.

  • The degree of Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) is awarded subject to the recommendation of the student’s adviser and departmental approval, based on satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

    1. Three core courses in materials science and engineering

    • 510.601: Structure of Materials
    • 510.602: Thermodynamics of Materials
    • 510.603: Phase Transformations in Materials

    2. Any one of the following:

    • 510.604: Mechanical Properties of Materials
    • 510.605: Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials
    • 510.606: Chemical and Biological Properties of Materials

    3. Four advanced (400-level or higher) electives in materials science and engineering or related fields subject to the following rules:

    • Up to two of the elective courses may be taken from the Engineering Programs for Professionals (EPP) part-time program.
    • Up to two of the electives may be business courses.
    • Any elective taken outside of the department (including all EPP courses) requires prior approval of the Graduate Program Committee.
    • With the approval of the Graduate Program Committee, the student may transfer up to two graduate courses from another institution. Students desiring such credit must make the request in writing to the Graduate Program Committee by the end of the first semester after matriculation. This request must include a description of the course, a course syllabus, and documentation of the grade received. Please note that transfer coursework grades do not count towards calculation of the GPA.

    4. A grade of C or better must be achieved in each course to obtain credit.

    5. An overall grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained and a grade point average of 3.0 is required to earn the degree at the end of the program.

    6. Attendance is required at the weekly Department of Materials Science and Engineering seminar.

    7. Up to two of the elective courses may be Graduate Research in Materials Science (510.807 and 510.808), which may be taken in any session (Fall, January, Spring, or Summer). Note that 117 hours or research per course are required for credit.

     

    Admission to the M.S.E. program is through the standard graduate admissions process. The typical duration of the program is 12 months. The student’s transcript will reflect a Master of Science in Engineering.

 

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