Jun 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Materials Science and Engineering, M.S.M.S.E.

College of Engineering  
Department of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering 

Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways  


The field of Materials Science and Engineering applies the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry to engineering materials, with a focus on the interrelationship between material structure, their properties, and the means by which they are processed. MSE impacts multiple facets of our economy, such as aerospace, electronics, transportation, communication, construction, recreation, entertainment, environment and energy. It is, by its very nature, an interdisciplinary field. The goal of the M.S.M.S.E. major in Materials Science and Engineering is to provide a route for well‐qualified undergraduate students who desire in‐depth graduate‐level work including structured courses and research experience, in preparation for work in industry or for entrance into a relevant science or engineering Ph.D. major.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, Civil, Materials Science, Ceramic, Metallurgy, Manufacturing, Polymer and other related engineering disciplines) or Natural Sciences (Physics, Chemistry or Biology) from an accredited institution.
  • GRE with preferred minimum scores of V 50%, Q 50% and AW 50%.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 Credit Hours

  • Core Requirements - 6 Credit Hours
  • Electives - 18 Credit Hours
  • Thesis/Non-Thesis - 6 Credit Hours

At least 18 credit hours must be at 6000 level with a maximum of three (3) credit hours of Independent Study.

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Electives (18 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students will select electives in consultation with the Graduate Director.

Comprehensive Exam

Students in the non‐thesis track will complete a comprehensive exam. For students in the thesis track, the thesis and oral defense serve as the comprehensive exam.

Thesis Option (6 Credit Hours)

Non-Thesis Option (6 Credit Hours)

For Non-Thesis Option, six (6) additional credit hours of elective coruses are required in lieu of thesis hours.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway

Also available as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway