MEng in Materials Science & Engineering

The flexible Master of Engineering (MEng) in Materials Science & Engineering program 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 one-year master’s in materials 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 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

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the MEng in Materials Science & Engineering program will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve materials science and engineering problems.
  2. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  3. Use modern engineering tools and techniques to successfully practice the engineering profession in a variety of settings.
  4. Use oral and written communication to convey technical concepts to engineers and non-engineers.
  5. Collaborate as member or leader of a technical project team.


Students are required to complete a minimum of 32 unit hours applicable to the degree. No master’s thesis is required. A minimum of 28 units must be applied toward graduate courses (500 level or above). A maximum of 4 units 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 units must be selected as follows:

  • Two core MSE courses (see below) (8 units)
  • Two other structured MSE courses (courses listed below other than engineering management courses and courses with a 900 designation) (8 units)
  • One structured engineering management course (see below) (4 units)
  • Three other courses (12 units)
    • Practicum (4 units) ENG MS 539, ENG MS 782, ENG MS 951, or ENG MS 952 and two (8 units) engineering, science, or engineering management courses not used to satisfy core, structured, or engineering management requirements

MSE Courses

  • ENG MS 505 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics and
  • ENG MS 577 Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials OR CAS PY 543 Introduction to Solid-State Physics (by instructor approval only)

**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 units.


Students who demonstrate competence in a first-year 500-level thermodynamics and solid-state physics course through prior coursework may petition to substitute the core requirements by taking other MS-designated core courses listed below.

  • ENG ME 582 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • ENG MS 503 Kinetic Processes in Materials
  • ENG MS 504 Polymers and Soft Materials
  • ENG MS 508 Computational Methods in Materials Science
  • ENG MS 574 Physics of Semiconductor Materials

Structured MSE Related Courses

Any two courses, 8 units. Students are not limited to one area.

  • CAS CH 550 Materials Chemistry
  • CAS CH 621 Biochemistry
  • CAS CH 629 DNA Nanotechnology
  • CAS PY 744 Polymer Physics
  • CAS PY 771 Systems Biology for Physical Scientists and Engineers
  • ENG BE 506 Physical Chemistry of Cell Structure and Machinery
  • ENG BE 521 Continuum Mechanics
  • ENG BE 526 Fundamentals of Biomaterials
  • ENG BE 533 Biorheology
  • ENG MS 523 Mechanics of Biomaterials
  • ENG MS/ME/BE 524 Skeletal Tissue Mechanics
  • ENG MS/ME/BE 527 Principles and Applications of Tissue Engineering
  • ENG MS/ME/BE 549 Structure and Function of the Extracellular Matrix
  • ENG MS/BE 736 Biomedical Transport Phenomena
  • CAS CH 550 Materials Chemistry
  • CAS CH 631 Structure and Bonding
  • CAS PY 741 Solid State Physics I
  • CAS PY 742 Solid State Physics II
  • CAS PY 745 Experimental Surface Physics and Chemistry
  • ENG EK 546 Assessment of Sustainable Energy Technologies
  • 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 MS/ME 781 Electroceramics
  • CAS CH 752 Advanced Topics in Chemical Physics
  • CAS PY 741 Solid State Physics I
  • CAS PY 742 Solid State Physics II
  • CAS PY 745 Experimental Surface Physics and Chemistry
  • ENG EC 560 Introduction to Photonics
  • ENG EC 575 Physics of Semiconductor Devices
  • ENG EC 578 Fabrication Tech for Integrated Circuits
  • ENG EC 770 Guided-Wave Optoelectronics
  • ENG EC 777 Nano-Optics
  • ENG MS/EC 764 Optical Measurement
  • ENG MS/EC 774 Semiconductor Quantum Structures & Photonic Devices
  • CAS CH 550 Materials Chemistry
  • CAS CH 631 Structure and Bonding
  • CAS PY 745 Experimental Surface Physics and Chemistry
  • ENG EC 777 Nanostructure Optics
  • ENG MS/ME 555 MEMS Fabrication and Materials
  • ENG MS/ME 735 Computational Nanomechanics
  • ENG MS/ME 778 Micromachined Transducers
  • CAS PY 745 Experimental Surface Physics and Chemistry
  • ENG ME 516 Statistical Mechanical Concepts in Engineering
  • ENG ME/EC 579 Nano/Microelectronic Device Technology
  • ENG MS 500 Special Topics
  • 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 MS/ME 580 Theory of Elasticity
  • ENG MS 782 Advanced Materials Characterization
  • ENG MS 784 Topics in Materials Science
  • ENG MS 951 Independent Study
  • ENG MS 952 Mentored Project
  • ENG EC 518 Software Project Management
  • ENG EK 731 Biomedical Innovation
  • ENG ME 502 Intellectual Assets: Creation, Protection & Commercialization
  • ENG ME 517 Product Development
  • ENG ME 518 Product Quality
  • ENG ME 525 Technology Ventures
  • ENG ME 550 Product Supply Chain Design
  • ENG ME 583 Product Management
  • QST OB 848 E1 The Leadership Challenge
  • QST PL 870 Government, Society & the New Entrepreneur
  • QST SI 839 Design and Innovation Strategy
  • QST SI 852 Starting New Ventures
  • QST SI 855 Entrepreneurship
  • QST SI 871 Strategies for Bringing Technology to Market

Practicum Requirement

MEng students are required to fulfill a practicum requirement through satisfactory completion of ENG MS 539 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering, MS 782 Advanced Materials Characterization, MS 951 Independent Study, or MS 952 Mentored Project.

For students who wish to satisfy the practicum requirement with ENG MS 951 Independent Study or MS 952 Mentored Project, a suitable plan must be identified and approved by the MSE Graduate Committee. These courses must be supervised by an MSE-approved faculty member.