Materials Science and Engineering Accelerated Master's

Materials Science and Engineering

Master of Science (non-thesis option)

This program is a non-thesis degree requiring 30 credits at the graduate and/or advanced undergraduate level.  The program specifies 12 credits of required graduate coursework in core MSE subjects and 2 credits of graduate seminar.  The remaining 18 credits in the curricular program may be tailored to suit your interests, with up to 12 elective credits available from advanced departmental or non-departmental undergraduate coursework (3000 and 4000 level courses).  It is possible that the course of study could be completed in two semesters.  Information regarding tuition, fees, and estimated expenses can be found at  For the 2014-15 academic year, he cost of tuition and mandatory fees for a semester of study at 15 credits was $12,432 ($820.50 per credit hour plus $124 required university fee), plus any applicable laboratory fees for courses that include a laboratory component. Although there are no scholarship or assistantship opportunities from the MSE department for the non-thesis MS program, students doing well in the program could be considered as possible candidates for department funded PhD research positions.

Students who have received GTA or GRA funding from the MSE department are specifically not eligible for the non-thesis MS program or degree.

Although you are admitted to a non-thesis program, Michigan Technological University manages an active internship/cooperative education program. Such programs can provide real world work experience, academic credit (co-op), and a stipend. The internship/cooperative education positions generally require an interview process. Laboratory experience and academic credit may also be gained by working with graduate faculty on a research project. Up to 6 credits of co-op or project research can be counted towards the non-thesis MS degree.

Course descriptions of regularly scheduled MSE graduate and advanced undergraduate offerings are included below.  Appropriate out-of-departmental courses at a numerical level of 3000 and above are eligible for elective credit, subject to availability and the approval of the graduate program coordinator.  Out-of-department courses may be subject to availability, pre-requisite constraints, in-major restrictions, and/or approval of instructor. 

The graduate and undergraduate course catalogues can be reviewed at

Undergraduate Course Descriptions and

Graduate Course Descriptions (PDF)

The required courses for the non-thesis Master of Science program in Materials Science and Engineering are described below.

MY 5100 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics I (required) 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


MY 5110 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics II (required) 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


MY 5260 - Crystallography & Diffraction (required) Crystallographic concepts and diffraction analyses in materials science. Credits: 3.0 Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3) Semesters Offered: Spring Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following level(s): graduate


MY 5400 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials  (required) Elasticity and plasticity in solids. Dislocation interactions and strengthening mechanisms. High temperature deformation. Low and high temperature material forming operations. Fracture processes in materials. Credits: 3.0 Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0) Semesters Offered: Fall Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following level(s): graduate


MY 5900 - Graduate Seminar (required both semesters) 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


Questions about the Master of Science (non-thesis option)  program should be directed to Dr. Stephen Hackney (Chair , MSE Graduate Program Committee), Dr. Stephen Kampe (Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering), or Ms. Margaret Rothenberger (Graduate Program Assistant).