Department of Materials Science and Engineering

MS Curriculum

Guidelines are for students entering the graduate program in Fall 2004 or later.

Required for graduation:

  • 10 credits (minimum) of thesis research (MSE 5990, MSE 6990)
  • 20 credits (minimum) of coursework
  • At least 12 credits of coursework (included in the 20) must be at the 5000 level or above.

Credits can be in any department, subject to approval of your thesis advisor, with the exception of the following 3 “core” courses which are now required for the MS Degree in Materials Science and Engineering:

MSE 5110 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics I

Solution thermodynamics and application to phase equilibria. Driving force for phase transformations. Chemical thermodynamics applied to materials processing. Corrosion and oxidation of metals. Applications to engineering situations.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

MSE 5120 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics II

The kinetics of liquid-to-solid and solid-to-solid phase transformations. Diffusion-controlled phase transformations, including nucleation, growth, coarsening, spinodal decomposition, eutectic and eutectoid transformations, cellular transformations, and massive transformations. Martensitic transformations.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Pre-Requisite(s): MY 5100 or MSE 5100

MSE 5130 - Crystallography & Diffraction

Crystallographic concepts and diffraction analyses in materials science.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
Semesters Offered: On Demand
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

MSE 5900 - Graduate Professional Preparation

Graduate student presentations at departmental seminars.
Credits: 1.0; May be repeated
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

Non-thesis program also requires

MSE 5900 - Graduate Professional Preparation

Graduate student presentations at departmental seminars.
Credits: 1.0; May be repeated
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

MSE 5140 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Deformation-related physical behaviors of materials in the mathematical framework of tensor analysis. Material symmetry and tensor property. Stress, strain, and elastic constitutive relation. Non-elastic strain, thermomechanical, electromechanical, and magnetomechanical behaviors.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: On Demand
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

Students must earn a “B” or above in each course, in order to satisfy the course requirements.

Curriculum Advice for students entering the MS program with a BS degree outside the field of Materials Science and Engineering.