Masters Degree Programs

The Division of Materials Science and Engineering offers a full range of master’s programs aimed at preparing students for careers in industry or further graduate study. Whether it’s a technically-focused Master of Science program, or the flexible Master of Engineering degree that combines advanced technical work with leadership and management skills, all programs emphasize advanced technical coursework and include a practicum design project or thesis. Students also have a range of opportunities to gain practical experience, including company or research internships.

Master of Science

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Materials Science and Engineering is a master’s program aimed at graduating senior students who want to engage in materials research.  All MS students must satisfy a practicum requirement by completing one of two courses or an approved project.  Alternatively, students may satisfy the practicum requirement by developing a research focus and carrying out original research that culminates in a written thesis.

The MS program is designed to be completed by full-time students in one calendar year; part-time study is also permitted.  Students choosing to complete a thesis should expect to complete the program in two years.  Students who excel in the MSE MS program are encouraged to continue in the MSE post-MS PhD program.

MS Program Planning Sheets

The Program Planning Sheet provides a “snapshot” view of the curriculum.  You will submit a final program planning sheet, with advisor signature, when you apply to graduate.

Why Get an MS?

  • Prepares you for a research-focused career
  • Applications for new materials, and modifications of existing ones, are expected to keep the global demand for trained materials scientists growing in the twenty-first century. Engineers trained in the discipline readily find work in a number of fields, including:
    • Energy
    • Health care
    • Information technologies
    • Homeland security
  • Allows you to earn an average of $400,000 more over your career path compared to a bachelor’s degree alone

Master of Engineering

The flexible Master of Engineering (MEng) program in Materials Science and Engineering is a professional master’s program that can be completed in one year of full-time study, or up to two years if an internship or project-based experience is desired. Part-time options are also available. This program is aimed at:

  • graduating senior students who want a quick one-year masters in materials before they look for industrial jobs
  • mid-career professionals who want to switch careers and would like to complete a one-year masters degree between jobs
  • industry professionals who want exposure to materials science and engineering and engineering management to further their careers, by complementing technical MSE courses with an engineering management focus that emphasizes elements of technology leadership and product development and management

MEng Program Planning Sheet

The Program Planning Sheet provides a “snapshot” view of the curriculum.  You will submit a final program planning sheet, with advisor signature, when you apply to graduate.

Why Get an MEng?

  • Unlike an MS, you have no thesis
  • Prepares you for a career in industry (MS degrees are more research-focused)
  • Gives you an advantage as the number of engineering manager jobs  is predicted to grow in the coming years
  • Can be completed in one year
  • According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, those with a master’s degree can earn an average of $400,000 more over their careers than those with just a bachelor’s degree.

Graduate Bulletin

  • The College of Engineering Graduate Bulletin is the official resource for current curriculum information, college policies, and procedures.