Graduate

Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Materials Science and Engineering
  • SUGS (M.S.E.) in Materials Science and Engineering

Master of Science Programs

Two different types of M.S.E. degrees are offered: one with a primary focus on coursework (the Coursework M.S.E.) and one with an emphasis on research (the Research M.S.E.) Students supported with a GSRA or research fellowship, must pursue a Research M.S.E. rather than a Coursework M.S.E.

Coursework M.S.E. Degree

Students seeking a coursework M.S.E. degree must complete 30 credit hours of courses, which must be approved by the student’s advisor. Of the 30 credit hours, up to 8 credit hours may be satisfied by MATSCIE 690, and at least 15 credit hours of MATSCIE department courses (excluding MATSCIE 690) must be taken. At least 2 cognate courses (a minimum of 4 credit hours) must be taken. Students taking MATSCIE 690 must submit a research report commensurate with the number of MATSCIE 690 credits taken. This report must be approved by the project supervisor. It may also be used as a document for the Ph.D. oral candidacy exam.

Research M.S.E. Degree

Students seeking a Research M.S.E. degree must complete 30 credit hours of courses, which must be approved by the student’s advisor. Students must take at least 9 credits of MATSCIE 690. Students must take at least 12 credit hours of MATSCIE department courses. Students must take at least 2 cognate courses (a minimum of 4 credit hours).

Students must submit a master’s thesis to an examining committee of three faculty members, two of which must be from MATSCIE. This committee will include the research advisor and two other faculty selected by the advisor in consultation with the student and approved by the Graduate Committee Chair. The thesis may also be used as a document for the Ph.D. oral candidacy exam. The thesis must be defended orally before this committee and approved by a majority of the committee and the advisor. The oral defense may also serve as the Ph.D. oral exam at the committee’s discretion. This thesis should contain a critical review of background information and relevant literature, a statement of objective, a results section and a thorough scientific analysis of these results. It should have a degree of originality suitable for publication. In the event that the student is not satisfied with the results of his/her examination(s), an appeal for arbitration can be made in sequence to the graduate committee chair, the Department chair, the Rackham Graduate School or the College of Engineering Ombudsman. Graduate students who pass the Ph.D. qualifying exam but still want a Master’s Degree must also satisfy the above requirements.

Ph.D. Programs

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering

Advancement to candidacy in the MATSCIE doctoral program is contingent on passing qualification courses and the oral preliminary exam. A master’s degree is not a prerequisite. Students must complete an additional 9 hours of formal coursework, above that required for the M.S.E. degree. Incoming students holding an M.S.E. degree (or equivalent) from another institution must complete an additional 18 hours of formal coursework to fulfill the residency and cognate requirements set forth by the Rackham Graduate School. In general, M.S. degrees from institutions outside the U.S. or Canada will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine if they meet the criteria for equivalency as set forth by the Graduate Committee of the MATSCIE department. The criteria for such a decision will be based on the academic standards of the foreign institution, the academic performance of the student at the institution and the fulfillment of course and research requirements similar to those required in the MATSCIE department. Reports, a thesis and publications may be submitted to the Graduate Committee for consideration in reaching decisions in such cases.

The Department will furnish details of requirements upon request. Also, a pamphlet that describes the general procedure leading to the doctorate is available in the Graduate School Office, 1004 Rackham Building, upon request.