Materials Science and Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field that rests between basic science and engineering. Because of this overlap, graduates develop collaborative skills that transcend disciplinary boundaries. They also develop technical skills and fundamental knowledge that make them highly attractive to the regional, national, and international workforce.
A minimum of 66 credits are required for the PhD program. MSE 601 will be taken during the first year a student is admitted to the MSE graduate program. All electives must be graduate courses in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) or approved graduate or upper level undergraduate courses in other disciplines. All core coursework should be completed within the first 18-24 months of study. Once all Required Core courses are successfully completed (i.e., each course with a B or better, and a combined GPA of 3.40), the comprehensive exam, MSE 691, can be taken. The comprehensive exam represents a significant milestone and assessment tool for monitoring how well information from various sources has been assimilated and integrated into a comprehensive knowledge of materials science and engineering. Students are expected to attend the MSE Seminar every semester, which provides an opportunity to enhance their knowledge in materials science and engineering and related fields.
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