MEng in Materials Science & Engineering

The flexible Master of Engineering (MEng) program in Materials Science & 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 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


Students are required to complete a minimum of 32 credit hours applicable to the degree. 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 (see below) (8 credits)
  • Two other structured MSE courses (courses listed below other than Engineering Management courses and courses with a 900 designation) (8 credits)
  • One structured Engineering Management course (see below) (4 credits)
  • Three Other Courses (12 credits)
    • Practicum (4 credits) ENG MS 539, ENG MS 782, ENG MS 900, ENG MS 925, or ENG MS 951 and two (8 credits) 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

**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.


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 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
  • ENG ME 582 Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Structured MSE Related Courses

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

  • ENG BE 506 Physical Chemistry of Cell Structure and Machinery
  • ENG BE 521 Continuum Mechanics
  • ENG MS 523 Mechanics of Biomaterials
  • ENG MS/ME/BE 524 Skeletal Tissue Mechanics
  • ENG BE 533 Biorheology
  • ENG MS/BE/ME 549 Structure and Function of the Extracellular Matrix
  • 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
  • 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
  • ENG EC 560 Introduction to Photonics
  • ENG EC 575 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 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 Introduction to Nanotechnology
  • ENG MS/ME 735 Computational Nanomechanics
  • ENG EC 777 Nanostructure Optics
  • ENG MS/ME 778 Micromachined Transducers
  • ENG MS 500 Special Topics
  • ENG MS/ME 507 Process Modeling and Control
  • ENG ME 516 Statistical Mechanical Concepts in Engineering
  • 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 Nano/microelectronic Device Technology
  • ENG MS/ME 580 Theory of Elasticity
  • GRS PY 745 Experimental Surface Physics and Chemistry
  • ENG MS 782 Advanced Materials Characterization
  • ENG MS 784 Topics in Materials Science
  • ENG MS 925 Graduate Project
  • ENG MS 951 Independent Study
  • ENG ME 502 Intellectual Assets: Creation, Protection, and Commercialization
  • ENG ME 517 Product Development
  • ENG EC 518 Software Project Management
  • 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 EK 731 Bench to Bedside—Translating Biomedical Innovation from the Laboratory to the Marketplace
  • GSM SI 839 Design and Innovation Strategy
  • GSM SI 852 Starting New Ventures
  • GSM SI 855 Entrepreneurship
  • GSM SI 871 Strategies for Bringing Technology to Market