Department of Materials Science and Engineering

PhD Curriculum

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

Required for graduation:

  • 30 credits total (entering the program with an MS Degree).
  • 60 credits total (entering the program without an MS Degree). Students entering without the MS must also complete our MS Degree curriculum.
  • No specific courses are required in addition to the MS, though your thesis advisor may require you to take courses. Research credits (MSE 5990 and MSE 6990) count towards the required course credit requirements.
  • Students who obtain an MS degree from somewhere other than Michigan Tech, or who are admitted directly to the PhD program, must take the core courses that are required for the MS degree. These courses may be waived if similar courses have been taken elsewhere, subject to approval of your thesis advisor and the Department Chair.

Core Courses

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

Students must successfully complete the PhD Qualifying Examination.

The "research credit only" mode can be achieved by the student after they have successfully completed:

  1. the oral qualifier exam,
  2. the written comprehensive exam, and
  3. the course of study plan approved by their PhD committee.