MS in Materials Science & Engineering

Master of Science (MS) and post-bachelor PhD students must take 32 credits, all of which must be at the 500 level or higher. The coursework requirements for the MS are as follows:

  • Core (four courses)
  • Concentration (two courses from one of the concentration areas in materials science & engineering)
  • Thesis (4 to 8 credits) ENG MS 901 Thesis. Post-bachelor PhD students may use 4 to 8 credits of ENG MS 900 in place of thesis credits.
  • The remaining courses are not restricted, provided they have some engineering, science, or engineering management content.
  • Only one 400-level course may be taken, with advisor approval, if needed as a prerequisite for another course in the program.
  • MS 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

MS students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 to remain in good academic standing and to graduate. All graduate courses are counted in the GPA. Grades of C− or lower are not acceptable for the MS degree.

Master of Science Structured Course Requirements

Core (four courses)

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

*Only one of these courses can be used to satisfy credit requirements.

Concentration (two courses from any one concentration area)

  • 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 BE 726 Fundamentals of Biomaterials
  • ENG MS 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 MS/EC 764 Optical Measurement
  • ENG EC 770 Guided-Wave Optoelectronics
  • 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
  • GRS PY 745 Experimental Physics and Chemistry


The MS candidate must write a thesis. Thesis students enroll in ENG MS 901 for at least 4, but no more than 8, credits toward their MS. Thesis work is likely to entail several semesters of research; as a result, completion of the master’s degree usually requires more than one year. Students are therefore encouraged to discuss their research interests with faculty at the beginning of their master’s program.

Before a student enrolls in ENG MS 901, a Thesis Committee must be formed and the student should submit to the MSE Graduate Programs Manager a thesis plan signed by the members of the student’s committee. The Thesis Committee consists of a thesis advisor and at least one additional reader (at least one member of the MSE faculty). The student must submit a written thesis proposal (approved by the readers) at least one semester before the thesis presentation, and no later than the first semester of enrollment in ENG MS 901.

The thesis is publicly presented with the members of the student’s Thesis Committee present, and the final version must be approved by all readers. The deadline for submission of the thesis is one month prior to graduation.