Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) research is aimed at educating and training the next generation of thinkers to solve the biggest global challenges.

By fostering a multidisciplinary approach, MSE degree programs strive to endow students with the tools to strategically question current design paradigms and drive innovative materials and manufacturing solutions across a diverse range of sectors. Motivated by modern materials challenges in energy, computing, transportation, impact protection, robotics, and global health care, MSE programs’ comprehensive, experiential training is designed to equip graduates with a modernized skill set tailored to confront those challenges head-on.

The MSE Ph.D. degree program is designed to engage students with:

  • Active hands-on training in the latest materials characterization and computational methods, materials-focused intellectual property protection and technology transfer, and professional soft skill development.
  • Enhanced educational opportunities promoted through industry partnerships, facilitating internships and class time spent in active commercial manufacturing labs.
  • A diverse core of faculty mentors driving advances in controlling structure at the nanoscale, predictive property modeling, high performance metal, polymer and ceramic composites, photovoltaics, and additive manufacturing.

The overall objective of the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering is developing science and engineering professionals with multidisciplinary problem solving skills to address global challenges in the field of materials science and engineering.

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 Behavior 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 Condensed Matter Physics
Specialty Courses6
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
Modern Topics in Condensed Matter 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 Credits72

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.