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Materials Science and Engineering MS

Program overview

The master of science degree in materials science and engineering, offered jointly by the College of Science and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, is designed with a variety of options to satisfy individual and industry needs in the rapidly growing field of materials.

The objectives of the program are threefold:

Curriculum

A minimum of 30 semester credit hours is required for the completion of the program. This includes five required core courses, graduate electives, and either a thesis or project. The core courses are specially designed to establish a common base of materials-oriented knowledge for students with baccalaureate degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, and related disciplines, providing a new intellectual identity to those involved in the study of materials.

The program has an emphasis on experimental techniques, with one required experimental course as part of the core. Additional experimental courses are available for students who wish to pursue course work in this area. These courses are organized into appropriate units covering many aspects of the analysis of materials. This aspect of the program will enhance a studentís confidence when dealing with materials-related problems.

Elective courses may be selected from advanced courses offered by the School of Chemistry and Materials Science or, upon approval, from courses offered by other RIT graduate programs. Elective courses are scheduled on a periodic basis. Transfer credit may be awarded based on academic background beyond the bachelorís degree or by examination, based on experience.

Materials science and engineering (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MTSE-601 Materials Science 3
MTSE-617 Material Degradation 3
MTSE-703 Solid State Science 3
MTSE-702 Polymer Science 3
MTSE-790 Research and Thesis Guidance 6
  Graduate Elective 3
Second Year
MTSE- 704 Theoretical Methods 3
  Graduate Elective 3
MTSE-790 Research and Thesis Guidance 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Materials science and engineering (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MTSE-601   Materials Science 3
MTSE-617 Material Degradation 3
MTSE-703 Solid State Science 3
MTSE-702 Polymer Science 3
MTSE-777 Graduate Project 2
  Graduate Electives 6
Second Year
MTSE- 704 Theoretical Methods 3
  Graduate Electives 6
MTSE-777 Graduate Project 1
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in materials science and engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

Candidates not meeting the general requirements may petition for admission to the program. In such cases, it may be suggested that the necessary background courses be taken at the undergraduate level. However, undergraduate credits that make up deficiencies may not be counted toward the masterís degree.

Any student who wishes to study at the graduate level must first be admitted to the program. However, an applicant may be permitted to take graduate courses as a nonmatriculated student if they meet the general requirements mentioned above.

Thesis/Project

Students may choose to complete a thesis or a project as a conclusion to their program. Students who pursue a thesis will take two graduate electives and complete nine semester credit hours of research and produce a thesis paper. The project option includes completing four graduate electives and a 3 semester credit hour project.

Additional information

Part-time study

The program offers courses in the late afternoon and evenings to encourage practicing scientists and engineers to pursue the degree program without interrupting their employment. (This may not apply to courses offered off campus at selected industrial sites.) Students employed full time are normally limited to a maximum of two courses, or 6 semester credit hours, each semester. A student who wishes to register for more than 6 semester credit hours must obtain the permission of his or her adviser.

Maximum limit on time

University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program. Bridge courses are excluded.


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