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  Jul 23, 2017
 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Science and Engineering Major, MS


Thesis Option
A total of 30 hours is required for the MS with a major in materials science and engineering. Additional requirements include the following.

  • A major consisting of 12 hours of graduate courses in materials science and engineering or polymer engineering. The materials science and engineering major must include MSE 511 , MSE 512 , MSE 515 , and MSE 516  for the metallurgy concentration; MSE 511 , MSE 512 , MSE 539  and MSE 540 , for the polymers concentration; MSE 511 , MSE 512 , and two graduate specialization courses approved by the student’s faculty committee for the materials concentration; and MSE 511 , MSE 512  and two courses from the approved nanomaterials specialization list for the nanomaterials concentration.
  • Additional courses up to 15 hours total in related areas. 
  • Master’s thesis MSE 500 , totaling 6 to 12 hours. 
  • Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive oral examination administered by the faculty committee.

All resident students are required to participate in the graduate seminar in materials science and engineering, as appropriate, during each semester in which it is offered. Three hours of MSE 503  or MSE 504  may be counted toward degree requirements.

Non-Thesis Option
Any candidate may apply for a non-thesis option. Upon acceptance, a supervisory committee of three will be appointed. At least two members of the committee will be from the faculty in the major area. The requirements for completion of the non-thesis option are as follows.

  • Completion of a total of 30 hours of graduate course work. At least 18 of those hours must be in the department and up to 12 hours may be in related areas. Three hours of MSE 503  may be counted toward degree requirements. The materials science and engineering major must include the same courses required for the thesis option. The faculty committee must approve the candidate’s degree program. 
  • Satisfactory completion of MSE 580  (Critical Review) as a culminating experience. This course shall include a comprehensive examination administered by the faculty committee.


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