Master of Science in Materials Science – Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Materials Science – Degree Requirements

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.

  1. Required Core Courses (9 credits) must take the following three courses:
    • MSEG608 – Structure and Properties of Materials I (3 credits)
    • MSEG803 – Equilibria in Materials Systems (3 credits)
    • MSEG804 – Kinetics in Materials Systems (3 credits)
  2. Required Non-Core Courses (6-15 credits) must be chosen from the approved list of five (5) non-core courses: 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. Technical Elective Courses (9 credits) must be chosen from the list of five (5) non-core courses above or other courses approved by the student’s advisor:
    • Elective courses will be chosen after discussion with student’s research advisor and will usually be related to the student’s area of research. Students can choose 600-800 level technical courses from any of the departments within the College of Engineering, Physics or Chemistry.
    • Additional courses from the list above can be used to fulfill this requirement.
  4. Masters Thesis Requirements (6 credits) must be obtained by completing your Masters Thesis:
    • 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:
    • Must take four 800 level courses to earn degree.
    • 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. Required Core Courses (9 credits) must take the following three courses:
    • MSEG608 – Structure and Properties of Materials I (3 credits)
    • MSEG803 – Equilibria in Materials Systems (3 credits)
    • MSEG804 – Kinetics in Materials Systems (3 credits)
  2. Required Non-Core Courses (6-15 credits) must be chosen from the approved list of five (5) non-core courses:
    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. Check with your academic advisor if you have questions.

    • 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. Technical Elective Courses (15 credits) must be chosen from the list of five (5) non-core courses above or other courses approved by the student’s academic advisor:
    • Elective courses must be 600-800 level technical courses from any of the departments within the College of Engineering, Physics or Chemistry. Check with your academic advisor if you have questions.
    • Additional courses from the list above can be used to fulfill this requirement.
  4. All graduate students are expected to do the following:
    • Must take four 800 level courses to earn degree.
    • Complete the required credits of course work with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Attend departmental seminars.