The overall objective of the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering is to develop students to be science and engineering professionals who use their multidisciplinary problem solving skills to address global challenges in the field of materials science and engineering.  

The development of advanced materials, including their synthesis, characterization and application in novel devices, occupies a central role in 21st century science, technology and business. Materials research is by its very nature an extraordinarily inter- and multi-disciplinary endeavor, involving expertise in chemistry, physics, and engineering at the core, but also utilizing concepts from various other disciplines as well as business and sociology as materials research is often very focused on creating a product for the marketplace more efficiently and effectively. Indeed, work in this area is concerned with the structure, property and function of materials. Thus, a materials scientist must understand how different combinations of molecules can result in different thermal, mechanical, electrical, optical, and magnetic properties; be able to measure those properties at the atomic, electronic, surface and bulk level; and manufacture usable devices from the resulting materials. It is imperative that the next generation of materials scientists and engineers be explicitly educated in an interdisciplinary manner. The Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering contains elements that address materials technology transfer, materials manufacturing, and other professional development skills necessary for success in the materials community.

Effective Fall 2017 

Core Courses
MSE 501Materials Technology Transfer1
MSE 502AMaterials Science & Engineering Methods: Materials Structure and Scattering1
MSE 502BMaterials Science & Engineering Methods: Computational Materials Methods1
MSE 503Mechanical Behaviors of Materials3
MSE 504Thermodynamics of Materials3
MSE 793Professional Development Seminar 14
MSE 799Dissertation 26
Select at least one course from the following: 1
Materials Science & Engineering Methods: Materials Microscopy
Materials Science & Engineering Methods: Materials Spectroscopy
Materials Science & Engineering Methods: Bulk Properties and Performance
Materials Science & Engineering Methods: Experimental Methods for Materials Research
Select one course from the following: 3
Solid State Chemistry
Chemistry of Electronic Materials
Optical Properties in Solids (Select 1)
Introductory Solid State Physics
Specialty Courses 6
Select at least 6 credits: 3
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Polymer Science and Engineering
Polymer Chemistry
Materials Chemistry: Hard Materials
Materials Chemistry: Soft Materials
Materials Chemistry: Nanomaterials
Crystallographic Computation
Chemical Crystallography
Surface Chemistry
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Finite Element Method
Foundations of Solid Mechanics
Mechanics of Fatigue and Fracture
Nanostructures: Fundamentals and Applications
Micro-Electro-Mechanical Devices
Thin Film Growth
Ethical Conduct of Research
Foundations of Applied Mathematics
Numerical Methods in Science and Engineering
Linear Algebra
Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Methods and Models I
Cell and Tissue Engineering
Advanced Composite Materials
Materials Engineering
Materials Issues in Mechanical Design
Structure and Function of Biomaterials
Applied Fracture Mechanics
Kinetics of Materials
Solid State Physics
Condensed Matter Theory
Research and Teaching
The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 72 credit hours, some of which may be fulfilled with the following:
Special Topics in Materials Science
Independent Study
Supervised College Teaching
Independent Study
Program Total Credits 72

A minimum of 72 credits are required to complete this program. 


Students must register for 1 credit of MSE 793 each of their first 4 semesters in the program.


Complete a minimum of 6 credits of MSE 799


CHEM 511, CHEM 517, ECE 574, and PH 531 can be used as specialty courses, if not used to fulfill core requirements.