The MS 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. With the advent of new classes of materials and instruments, the traditional practice of empiricism in the search for and selection of materials is rapidly becoming obsolete. Therefore, the program offers a serious interdisciplinary learning experience in materials studies, crossing over the traditional boundaries of such classical disciplines as chemistry; physics; and electrical, mechanical, and microelectronic engineering.
Students with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, computer science, and nearly all engineering disciplines are welcome. RIT's MSE faculty focus on a variety of materials (polymers, semiconductors, metals, thin films, composites, nanomaterials) for a variety of applications (solar energy, batteries, sensors, advanced electronics).