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M.S. Materials Science + Engineering

Paul CraigMaterials Science & Engineering is a fascinating area that contributes to the main questions facing society today - ranging from energy to medicine to clothing and sporting equipment. This field includes physicists, chemists, as well as mechanical, chemical and microelectronic engineers. The field includes metallurgy, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, composites and nanomaterials like buckyballs and carbon nanotubes. If you have gone golfing with so-called "metal woods", you have benefitted from the field of Materials Science. If you have solar panels on your roof, the energy you are conserving can be directly attributed to the work of materials scientists. The Materials Science & Engineering M.S. Degree is one of two M.S. Degrees available from the newly-formed School of Chemistry & Materials Science in the College of Science at RIT.

Paul A. Craig, Interim Director

Requirements & Expectations

Core Courses required for Materials Science & Engineering M.S. Students

1. MTSE 601. Introduction to Materials Science
2. MTSE 702. Polymer Science
3. MTSE 703. Solid State Science
4. MTSE 704. Theoretical Methods

Admissions expectations

1. GPA of 3.0/4.0 for undergraduate degrees and 3.5/4.0 for graduate degrees.
2. GRE Scores: 153/170 for verbal, 153/170 for quantitative, 3.5/6 for writing.
3. For international students: a TOEFL score of 79.

Program Highlights

The Masters of Science program in Materials Science & Engineering program at RIT has its academic home in the School of Chemistry & Materials Science, where they receive advising and administrative support. However, faculty and students in this program include physicists and chemists in the College of Science, as well as mechanical, chemical and microelectronic engineers in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. Students take courses and complete these research with faculty members from all of these programs. Faculty research interests include energy, renewable resources, soft materials and nanomaterials. Many of our students and faculty members travel regularly to the Materials Research Society meetings and we have an active MRS chapter at RIT

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Success Stories

Wyatt Strong (BS 2011, MS 2013) from Pompey, NY, was attracted to the Physics program at RIT. In the spring of 2009, he started working for the NanoPower Research Labs as an undergraduate researcher under the guidance of Dr. Seth Hubbard and continued to do so for the rest of his undergraduate career. Thereafter, he received his BS in Physics from RIT and from the lab experience he had already gained, he desired to further his understanding of semiconductor materials. Enjoying his time with NanoPower Research Labs, he applied to and was admitted into the RIT Materials Science and Engineering MS program. He worked on a material characterization project with Dr. Seth Hubbard and successfully defended his MS project "Investigation of Deep Level Defects in Electron Irradiated Indium Arsenide Quantum Dots Embedded in a Gallium Arsenide Matrix." As a direct result of the gallium arsenide wafer processing experience gained in the RIT Semiconductor & Microsystem Fabrication Laboratory as well as the electrical characterization of gallium arsenide materials, he was hired as a Development Engineer for HRL Laboratories in Malibu, California to fabricate and test infrared photodetector arrays. Some advice he has kept in mind is this, "You can achieve anything if you work hard enough."

Courses (fall)

  • MTSE( 601)-Materials Science
    Mon. Wed. 6:30PM - 7:45PM
    Thomas Gosnell Hall (GOS)-2300
  • MTSE( 617)-Material Degradation Mon. Wed. Fri. 2:00PM - 2:50PM
    James E Booth (BOO)-1560
  • MTSE( 704)-Theory Meth Mat Sci & Eng - Tues. Thur. 3:30PM - 4:45PM
    Thomas Gosnell Hall (GOS)-2355

Courses (spring)

  • MTSE( 702)-Polymer Science
    Mon. Wed. 5:00PM - 6:15PM
    Brown Hall (BRN)-1150
  • MTSE( 703)-Solid State Science
    Tues. Thur. 5:00PM - 6:15PM
    James E Gleason Hall(GLE)-1159
  • MTSE( 780)-Theory Microsensors Actuators
    Mon Wed Fri 2:00PM - 2:50PM
    James E Gleason Hall(GLE)-1159

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