Academics - Graduate

Degree of Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MMSE)

Two options are available, thesis and non-thesis



Degree Requirements for a Master of Science Degree with a thesis (30 total credits) will include 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credits of thesis work on a research topic approved by your advisor
The requirements are outlined below
  1. Twelve (12) credits must be the four required core courses
    Required Core Courses (12 credits):
    • MSEG608 – Structure and Properties of Materials I (3 credits)
    • MSEG609 – Structure and Properties of Material II (3 credits)
    • MSEG803 – Equilibria in Materials Systems (3 credits)
    • MSEG804 – Kinetics in Materials Systems (3 credits)
  2. Six (6) credits must be chosen from the approved list of five (5) non-core courses:
    Required Non-Core Courses (6-15 credits):

    With your advisor, choose a minimum of two (2) from the following five (5) courses. If you chose to take more than two, they can count as electives.
    • MSEG640 – Applied Quantum Mechanics I (3 credits)
    • MSEG841 – Solid State Materials I (3 credits)
    • MSEG832 – Principles of Polymer Synthesis (3 credits)
    • MSEG835 – Polymer Physics (3 credits)
    • MSEG817 – Composite Materials (3 credits)
  3. Six (6) credits of technical electives must be chosen from the list of five (5) non-core courses above or other courses approved by the student’s advisor.
    Technical Elective Courses (6 credits):
    • Elective courses will be chosen after discussion with student’s advisor and will usually be related to the student’s area of research.
    • Additional courses from the list above can be used to fulfill this requirement.
    • At least one course must be an 800 level course.
  4. Six (6) credits must be obtained by completing your Masters Thesis.
    Masters Thesis Requirements:
    • MSEG869 – Masters Thesis (6 credits)
    • Masters Thesis: A thesis containing original results of the student’s research effort must be presented to and approved by the student’s research advisor and the Department Chairperson
  5. All graduate students are expected to do the following:
    • Complete the required credits of course work with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Attend departmental seminars.


Degree Requirements for a Master of Science Degree with a Non-Thesis (30 total credits) will consist of 30 credit hours of course work.
The requirements are outlined below
  1. Twelve (12) credits must be the four required core courses
    Required Core Courses (12 credits):
    • MSEG608 – Structure and Properties of Materials I (3 credits)
    • MSEG609 – Structure and Properties of Material II (3 credits)
    • MSEG803 – Equilibria in Materials Systems (3 credits)
    • MSEG804 – Kinetics in Materials Systems (3 credits)
  2. Six (6) credits must be chosen from the approved list of five (5) non-core courses:
    Required Non-Core Courses (6-15 credits):

    With your advisor, choose a minimum of two (2) from the following five (5) courses. If you chose to take more than two, they can count as electives.
    • MSEG640 – Applied Quantum Mechanics I (3 credits)
    • MSEG841 – Solid State Materials I (3 credits)
    • MSEG832 – Principles of Polymer Synthesis (3 credits)
    • MSEG835 – Polymer Physics (3 credits)
    • MSEG817 – Composite Materials (3 credits)
  3. Twelve (12) credits of technical electives must be chosen from the list of five (5) non-core courses above or other courses approved by the student’s advisor.
    Technical Elective Courses (12 credits):
    • Elective courses will be chosen after discussion with student’s advisor and will usually be related to the student’s area of research.
    • Additional courses from the list above can be used to fulfill this requirement.
    • At least one course must be an 800 level course.
  4. All graduate students are expected to do the following:
    • Complete the required credits of course work with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Attend departmental seminars.
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