Materials Science and Engineering Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Courses Units
Departmental courses (five must be 400-level, excluding 499) 8
Elective courses (courses from other departments are acceptable) 4
Total required units: (No financial aid available) 12

Other MS Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: None
  • Research/Projects: None
  • Master's Thesis: None
  • Other: None


Courses Units
MAT SCI 401 Analytical and Statistical Thermodynamics of Materials 1
MAT SCI 402 Structure of Crystalline and Noncrystalline Materials 1
MAT SCI 404 Imperfections in Materials 1
MAT SCI 405 Physics of Solids 1
MAT SCI 406 Symmetry and Mechanical Properties of Materials 1
MAT SCI 408 Phase Transformations in Materials 1
MAT SCI 519 Responsible Conduct of Research Training 0
Departmental Electives (400 level, excluding 499) 2
Electives (excluding Mat Sci 499) 4
Total required units: (Up to 6 units credit is given for the MS degree; see departmental guide.) 12

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: preliminary evaluation based on research progress and coursework; qualifying examination emphasizing proposed dissertation research
  • Research/Projects: see departmental guide
  • PhD Dissertation: materials and results from supported research programs may be used for dissertation
  • Final Evaluations: public oral defense of dissertation