Requirements for MS and PhD

Masters of Science

The master's degree requires 30 credits.  We offer three approaches to obtaining an MS in Materials Science and Engineering:

  • An MS with a thesis requires 24 semester hours of academic courses and 6 hours of research credits.  This degree is usually completed in two to three years as a full time student.
  • Part-time students may take a non-thesis option. This requires 30 semester hours of academic credits and a final presentation of a paper in front of a faculty committee.
  • Enrolled MSE undergraduates with at least a 3.0 GPA may apply to thorugh the Graduate School and continue without interruption to complete the MS degree, comprised of 30 semester hours of academic credits and a final presentation of a paper in front of a faculty committee.  Read more about the requirements here.

Doctor of Philosophy [PhD]

The Ph.D. requires 36 semester hours of academic courses and 36 semester hours of research.  A thesis is required. The Ph.D. degree is usually done on a full time basis and requires four to five years.  Most students are supported with a GA, TA or Fellowship during this time.  The financial support package includes payment of full tuition, medical insurance, and a stipend ranging from $23,000 to $28,000/year.

In order to qualify for Ph.D. study, candidates must take the qualifying exam.  The exam, offered twice each year in January and May, is designed to determine that the candidate has demonstrated the intellectual ability of a Ph.D. and is capable of conceiving, organizing, proposing, and conducting high quality independent research.  All first-year students who wish to proceed to a Ph.D. should take this exam at the end of their first year.