MEng in Materials Science & Engineering

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) is a professional master’s program aimed at:

  • Graduating senior students who want a one-year master’s in engineering before they look for industrial jobs.
  • Mid-career professionals who want to switch careers and would like to complete a one-year master’s degree between jobs.
  • Industry professionals who want exposure to engineering and management to further their careers.

An MEng:

  • Can be completed in one year
  • Does not require a thesis, unlike an MS
  • Prepares students for a career in industry rather than research


Students are required to complete a minimum of 32 credit hours applicable to the degree according to the program planning sheet. No master’s thesis is required. A minimum of 28 credits must be applied toward graduate courses (500 level or above). A maximum of 4 credits can be applied toward a junior/senior-level undergraduate course, if it serves as a prerequisite for a graduate course taken by the student as part of the program.

Master of Engineering students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing and to graduate. All graduate courses are counted in the GPA. Only grades of C or better fulfill MEng curricular requirements.


The 32 credits must be selected as follows:

  • Two core MSE courses (8 credits), MS 505 Thermodynamics and Statistical Materials AND MS 577 Electronic Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials OR CAS PY 543 Introduction to Solid-State Physics. Students who demonstrate competence in a first-year 500-level thermodynamics and solid-state physics course through prior coursework may substitute the core requirements by taking other MS-designated courses.
  • Two other structured MSE courses (8 credits). A structured MSE course is any course with an MS designation, as listed below.
  • One structured engineering management course (4 credits).
  • Two to three other courses (8–12 credits) can be engineering, science, or engineering management courses.
  • A maximum of three engineering management courses (12 credits) can count toward the degree.
  • MEng students are required to fulfill a practicum requirement through either (a) internship or employment in industry, government, or non-profit organization or (b) satisfactory completion of MS 539, MS 782*, or MS 951.
    * in process of approval

MSE Courses

  • ENG MS 503 Kinetic Processes in Materials
  • ENG MS 504 Polymers and Soft Materials
  • ENG MS 505 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics*
  • ENG MS 508 Computational Methods in Materials Science
  • CAS PY 543 Introduction to Solid-State Physics**
  • ENG MS 574 Physics of Semiconductor Materials
  • ENG MS 577 Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials**
  • ENG ME 582 Mechanical Behavior of Materials

*Satisfies core requirement in thermodynamics.

**Both CAS PY 543 and ENG MS 577 satisfy the core requirement in solid-state physics. Only one of these two courses may be taken for credit.

Other Structured MSE Courses

  • ENG BE 506 Physical Chemistry of Cell Structure and Machinery
  • ENG BE 521 Continuum Mechanics for Biomedical Engineers
  • ENG MS 523 Mechanics of Biomaterials
  • ENG MS/ME/BE 524 Skeletal Tissue Mechanics
  • ENG BE 533 Biorheology
  • ENG MS/ME/BE 726 Fundamentals of Biomaterials
  • ENG MS/ME/BE 727 Principles and Applications of Tissue Engineering
  • ENG MS/BE 736 Biomedical Transport Phenomena
  • ENG MS 742 Bio-fluids and Structural Mechanics
  • GRS PY 744 Polymer Physics
  • GRS PY 771 Systems Biology for Physical Scientists and Engineers
Materials for Energy & Environment
  • ENG MS/ME 527 Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing
  • ENG MS/ME 532 Atomic Structure and Dislocations in Materials
  • ENG MS/ME 535 Green Manufacturing
  • ENG MS/ME 545 Electrochemistry of Fuel Cells and Batteries
  • ENG MS/EC 573 Solar Energy Systems
  • ENG ME 779 Solid-State Ionics and Electrochemistry
  • ENG MS/ME 781 Electroceramics
Electronic/Photonic Materials
  • ENG EC 560 Introduction to Photonics
  • ENG EC 575 Physics of Semiconductor Devices
  • ENG EC 578 Fabrication Technology for Integrated Circuits
  • ENG EC 770 Guided-Wave Optoelectronics
  • ENG MS/EC 764 Optical Measurement
  • ENG MS/EC 774 Semiconductor Quantum Structures and Photonics Devices
  • ENG EC 776 Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics
  • ENG EC 777 Nanostructure Optics
  • ENG MS/ME 530 Introduction to Micro- and Nanomechanics of Solids
  • ENG MS/ME 555 MEMS Fabrication and Materials
  • ENG MS/ME 718 Advanced Topics in Nanotechnology
  • ENG MS/ME 735 Computational Nanomechanics
  • ENG EC 777 Nanostructure Optics
  • ENG MS/ME 778 Micromachined Transducers
MSE Elective Courses
  • ENG MS/ME 507 Process Modeling and Control
  • ENG MS/ME 526 Simulation of Physical Processes
  • ENG MS/ME 534 Materials Technology for Microelectronics
  • ENG MS 539 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
  • ENG ME/EC 579 Microelectronic Device Manufacturing
  • ENG MS/ME 580 Theory of Elasticity
  • ENG MS 784 Topics in Materials Science
  • GRS PY 745 Experimental Physics and Chemistry
Engineering Management Courses
  • ENG ME 502 Intellectual Assets: Creation, Protection, and Commercialization
  • ENG ME 517 Product Development
  • ENG ME 525 Technology Ventures
  • ENG ME 550 Product Supply Chain Design
  • ENG ME 583 Product Management
  • ENG ME 584 Manufacturing Strategy
  • ENG ME 703 Managerial Cost Accounting
  • ENG EC 518 Software Project Management
  • ENG EK 731 Bench to Bedside—Translating Biomedical Innovation from the Laboratory to the Marketplace

For more information, please contact the College of Engineering Graduate Programs Office at 617-353-9760, or apply now.