Graduate Degree Requirements

For complete details on the academic requirements in the MatSE Department and concentration areas for the master's of science and doctoral programs, please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook.

Below is the summary of requirements for graduate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering.

M.S. Degree

Requirements Thesis Option Non-Thesis Option
Credit Hours Hours Hours
Total Credit for the Degree 32 36
Thesis Research - MSE 599 8 n/a
Course Work 24 36
MSE 492 (1 hour); credit does not apply toward the degree 0 0
MSE 595 0-2 0-2
Advisor group meetings (MSE 590) and area seminars (MSE 529, MSE 559) (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below) 0-4 0-4
Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap):
A minimum of 10 hours of MSE course work.
A minimum of 14 500-level credit hours overall applied toward the degree (excluding 599).
MSE 595 (0 or 1 hour) must be taken every semester in the first two years of residence. A maximum of 2 hours may be applied toward the degree.
MSE 529 or MSE 559 (0 or 1 hour) must be taken every semester. A maximum of 4 hours may be applied toward the degree.
The minimum program GPA is 3.0.
The completed master's thesis must be approved by the advisor and the department head.
Thesis Deposit Guidelines
Generally, students on a research assistantship will not be allowed in the non-thesis option.


The MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering typically requires 1.5-2 years to complete.

Ph.D. Degree

Requirements Entering with approved M.S. degree Entering with approved B.S. degree*
Credit Hours Hours Hours
Total Credit for the Degree 64 96
Thesis Research - MSE 599 44 52
Course Work 20 44
One of CHEM 544, MSE 500, PHS 504 with a grade of B or higher 4 4
MSE 492 (credit does not apply toward the degree) 0 0
MSE 595 0-2 0-4
Advisor group meetings (MSE 590) and area seminars (MSE 529, MSE 559) (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below) 0-4 0-8
Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap):
MSE course work hours 10 20
500-level credit hours applied toward the degree (excluding 599) 10 24
MSE 595 (0 or 1 hour) must be taken every semester in the first two years of residence. A maximum of 2 hours (if entering with an M. S. degree) or 4 hours (if entering with a B. S. degree) may be applied toward the degree.
MSE 529 or MSE 559 (0 or 1 hour) must be taken every semester. A maximum of 4 hours (if entering with an M. S. degree) or 8 hours (if entering with a B. S. degree) may be applied toward the degree.
The minimum program GPA is 3.0.
Ph.D. exam and dissertation requirements:
Qualifying exam
Preliminary exam
Final exam or dissertation defense
Dissertation deposit

*These students may earn a Master of Science degree during the Ph.D. program.