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Materials Science and Engineering advanced certificate

Michael Pierce, Program Director

Program overview

The advanced certificate in materials science and engineering is 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. The program provides a new intellectual identity to those interested in the study of advanced materials and 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.


Materials science and engineering, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MTSE-601 Materials Science 3
MTSE-617 Material Degradation 3
MTSE-704 Theoretical Methods 3
MTSE-703 Solid State Science 3
MTSE-702 Polymer Science 3
  Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 18


Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in materials science, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

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 advanced certificate.

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.

Additional information

Part-time study

Students employed full time are normally limited to a maximum of two courses, or 6 credit hours, each semester.