Master of Science in Material Science and Engineering

Since its inception in 1998, the Materials Science and Engineering (MTSE) program is recognized as a leader and innovator in materials research and education to provide the country with highly trained graduates in basic and applied fields of materials. The foundations of materials science are the basic sciences of physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering. 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 existing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, as well as the School of Medicine. The graduate program in Material Science and Engineering 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. (Total credit hours is 30 for theses and 33 for no-theses).

Program Objectives

  • To develop scientific research, enrich students’ knowledge and train the students in basic and applied fields of materials.
  • To provide students with expertise in the principles of synthesis, characterization and processing of materials and their interrelationships between structure, properties and processing.
  • To prepare graduates for positions of leadership in industry, government and academia.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply knowledge and skills including a mastery of the fundamental and complex technical requirements of the degree in the area of material science and engineering.
  • Conduct original research in the area of materials.
  • Utilize and evaluate existing literature.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to successfully solve technical design problems and/or ability to conduct independent research or analysis activities in the area of materials.
  • Use professional and ethical responsibility in the field of material Science and Engineering
  • Effectively present findings, problem solutions, and reports both orally and in writing.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 30 hours

Material Science and Engineering

Required Courses (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM607Fundamentals of Polymeric Materials3.000
MTSE601Fundamentals Of Materials3.000
MTSE604Thermodynamics Of Materials3.000
MTSE608Material For Electronic Development3.000
MTSE609Seminar in Material Science and Engineering0.000
MTSE611Materials Characterization3.000

Elective Courses - 9CH for Thesis and 18CH for Non-Thesis (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM610Polymer Synthesis3.000
CHEM620Corrosion and Wear of Materials3.000
CHEM630Polymerization Engineering3.000
MTSE612Modeling & Computational Methods3.000
MTSE614Failure Analysis & Prevention3.000
MTSE635Properties and Processes of Composites3.000
MTSE640Materials for Biomedical Application3.000
MTSE645Thin Film and Surface Analysis3.000
MTSE657Individual Research Project3.000



Required Course (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MTSE660Thesis0.000 - 6.000