Ranked 42nd nationally in materials engineering graduate programs, by US News & World Report
Advanced Degrees in Materials Science and Engineering
Materials science and engineering focuses on the synthesis, processing, properties, and applications of engineering materials—from the production of primary metals to the development of microelectronic nanomaterials with novel properties. Michigan Tech granted its first PhD in Metallurgy in 1934 and remains a leader in research and graduate education, now offering PhD and MS degrees in Materials Science and Engineering.
The graduate program offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering provides an outstanding foundation for careers in research, academia, materials production, and manufacturing. Current Michigan Tech undergraduate students can earn a MS degree with just a single year of study beyond the BS through the Accelerated Master's Program.
Graduate students have the opportunity to study composite materials, ceramics, metals and alloys, electronic and optical materials, and polymers. Research topics include synthesis and processing of primary materials, thermodynamics and kinetics of microstructural evolution, and material properties and performance, to name a few. Current research spans the entire spectrum of materials engineering and involves more than twenty-five government and industry partners. Students interact closely with automotive and primary metals industry.
- Ranked among the best in the nation by US News & World Report
- Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their teaching, research, and professional service. Many have received prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards and are recognized by professional societies.
- The ratio of graduate students to faculty is 2.5:1.
- Excellent research facilities
- Close interaction between faculty and graduate students
- Successful alumni in industry, academia, and entrepreneurship
- This program is available as an accelerated master's degree.
This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor. The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in 12 months or three semesters following the completion of coursework by regularly scheduling graduate research credits.
The minimum requirements are as follows:
|Coursework (minimum)||20 Credits|
|Thesis research||6-10 Credits|
|Total (minimum)||30 Credits|
|5000-6000 series (minimum)||12 Credits|
|3000-4000 (maximum)||12 Credits|
Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum number of credits listed here.
This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through coursework. A limited number of research credits may be used with the approval of the advisor, department, and Graduate School. See degree requirements for more information.
A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:
|5000-6000 series (minimum)||18 Credits|
|3000-4000 (maximum)||12 Credits|
To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:
- Complete all coursework and research credits (see credit requirements below)
- Pass Qualifying Examination
- Pass Research Proposal Examination
- Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
- Pass Final Oral Defense
The minimum credit requirements are as follows:
|MS-PhD (minimum)||30 Credits|
|BS-PhD (minimum)||60 Credits|
Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.
Online Degree Programs
MSE offers graduate online programs for non-thesis MS, thesis MS, and PhD degrees on a case-by-case basis. The online degree track is typically available to candidates who would receive tuition and research support from their employer. Online graduate degrees have the same credit requirements as the on-campus degree programs. The research component of an online MS or PhD degree is carried out at the place of the candidate's employment, involving co-advisors from the workplace and a Michigan Tech faculty member. There is no specified residency requirement for this program, although the candidate for a research degree is expected to travel to the campus of Michigan Tech for the thesis/dissertation defense and qualifying exams (PhD).