The Master of Science (MS) degree in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) is aimed at graduating senior students who want to engage in graduate studies in materials science and engineering.
Non-Thesis Program Option
All MSE MS students enter as non-thesis students. MS non-thesis students must satisfy a practicum requirement by completing an approved course or an approved project. The non-thesis MS program can be completed in two semesters, although most students take longer. Part-time enrollment in the program is also permitted. Students choose an area of concentration from i) biomaterials, ii) electronic/photonic materials, iii) materials for energy and environment, or iv) nanomaterials.
Thesis Program Option
Students wishing to pursue the thesis option must submit a thesis proposal by their second semester. MS with thesis students satisfy the practicum requirement by developing a research focus and carrying out original research that culminates in a written MS thesis. Students choosing to complete a thesis should expect to complete the program in two years. Students who excel in the MSE MS program may apply for the MSE post-MS PhD program. Students choose an area of concentration from i) biomaterials, ii) electronic/photonic materials, iii) materials for energy and environment, or iv) nanomaterials.
The MSE MS non-thesis Program Planning Sheet and the MS Thesis Program Planning Sheet is found in the MSE Master’s Handbook, under the Forms tab. The 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.
Learn more in the MSE Master’s Handbook.
- Fall: January 15 (for priority scholarship consideration) and March 15
- Spring: October 1
Internship Program Option: Engineering with Practice
Master’s students may add the optional “with Engineering Practice” designation to their degree by completing an approved internship in their field of study. The program option recognizes the power of combining rigorous academic coursework with supervised real-world research or industrial applications. Participating students add value to their academic experience with a related internship that enables them to both develop and apply their technical, project management, and leadership skills. Learn more.
“My internship allowed me to apply everything I learned in the classroom to the work environment. It added value to my resume/CV, and served as a platform to launch my career.”Master of Science Alum Anish Shah