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Materials Science and Engineering Adv. Cert.

Casey Miller, Program Director
(585) 475-4148,

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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field from an accredited college or university,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, and
  • Complete a graduate application.

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE). A minimum TOEFL score of 575 (paper-based) or 88 (internet-based) is required. A 4.0 is required on the TWE. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score required for unconditional acceptance is 6.5. For additional information about the IELTS, please visit

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.