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 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.

The PhD Materials Qualifying Examination is based on the MS Core requirements. We recommend that post-MS PhD students take the appropriate Core courses.

For current course scheduling, please visit the Student Link. For course descriptions, please visit the BU Search Course Descriptions page.

Courses Title Syllabus
CORE (4 courses)
MS/EC 577* Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials OR
CAS PY 543* Introduction to solid state physics
* Only one of these two courses may be taken for credit.
MS/ME 505 Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
MS/ME 503 Kinetic processes in materials
MS/EC 574 Physics of Semiconductor Materials OR
MS/ME 504 Polymers and soft materials OR
MS/ME 582 Mechanical behavior of materials OR
MS/ME 508 Computational methods in materials science
CONCENTRATION (2 courses from any one concentration area)
BE 506 Physical Chemistry of Cell Structure and Machinery
BE 521 Continuum Mechanics for Biomedical Engineers
MS/ME/BE 523 Mechanics of Biomaterials
MS/ME/BE 524 Skeletal Tissue Mechanics
BE 533 Biorheology
MS/ME/BE 726 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering I
MS/ME/BE 727 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering II
MS/BE 736 Biomedical Transport Phenomena
MS/ME 742 Bio-fluids and Structural Mechanics
GRS PY 744 Polymer Physics
GRS PY 771 Systems Biology for Physical Scientists and Engineers
Materials for Energy and Environment
MS/ME 527 Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing
MS/ME 532 Atomic Structure and Dislocations in Materials
MS/ME 535 Green Manufacturing
MS/ME 545 Electrochemistry of Fuel Cells and Batteries
MS/EC 573 Solar Energy Systems
ME 779 Solid State Ionics and Electrochemistry
MS/ME 781 Electroceramics
Electronic/Photonic Materials
EC 560 Introduction to Photonics
EC 575 Semiconductor Devices
MS/EC 578 Fabrication Technology for Integrated Circuits
MS/EC 764 Optical Measurement
EC 770 Guided-wave Optoelectronics
MS/EC 774 Semiconductor Quantum Structures and Photonic Devices
EC 776 Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics
EC 777 Nanostructure Optics
MS/ME 530 Introduction to Micro and Nanomechanics of solids
MS/ME 555 MEMS Fabrication and Materials
MS/ME 718 Advanced Topics in Nanotechnology
MS/ME 735 Computational Nanomechanics
EC 777 Nanostructure Optics
MS/ME 778 Micromachined Transducers
MS/ME 507 Process Modeling and Control
MS/ME 526 Simulation of Physical Processes
MS/ME 534 Materials Technology for Microelectronics
MS 539 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
MS/ME/EC 579 Microelectronic Device Manufacturing
MS/ME 580 Theory of Elasticity
MS 900 Research
MS 901 Thesis
MS 925 Graduate Project
MS 951 Independent Study
MS 991 Dissertation