Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Material Science and Engineering

The Ph.D. program in Material Science and Engineering is designed to give students a broad and deep understanding of materials science and engineering so that they will have long and fruitful careers as researchers. The interdisciplinary nature of the program is ideally suited to address this requirement. The graduate students in the Materials Science and Engineering Program benefit from the unique and broad combination of faculty members and research facilities. The program focuses on all materials: metals, polymers, ceramics, electronic materials, nanomaterials, biomaterials and their composites. The investments made in this graduate program will produce well-educated professionals who will contribute to society and the economy. The award of the Ph.D. degree in Material Science and Engineering requires successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework and 36 credit hours in research in addition to passing comprehensive and prospectus exams.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 55 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (Group 1: Both of the following two courses:) (10.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MECH710Research Methodologies3.000
CHME755Graduate PhD Seminar1.000

(Group 2: Any 6 credits of the following courses:) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ELEC620Analytical Techniques in Engineering3.000
ELEC600Numerical Methods in Engineering3.000
STAT615Design/Analysis of Experiments3.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MTSE625Independent Studies in Materials Science and Eng.3.000
MTSE735Advanced Topics in Material Science and Engineering I3.000
MTSE736Advanced Topics in Material Science and Engineering II3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any two elective courses from Material Sci. and Eng. or other programs) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MTSE800Comprehensive Exam0.000
MTSE810Prospectus Exam0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MTSE900Dissertation Doctoral Research0.000 - 30.000
MTSE910Dissertation Defense0.000