MSE 8803D (Fall)



MSE 8803E (Fall)


Crystallography, Structure and Defects

MSE 8803G (Spring)


Kinetics of Diffusional and Non-Diffusional Phase Transformations

*Course of Choice



**Course of Choice




*Courses in Characterization (could include not limited to):

  1. MSE 6105 Diffraction Studies
  2. MSE 6110 Transmission Electron Microscopy
  3. MSE 6120 Quantitative Characterization of Microstructures
  4. MSE 6130 Surface Characterization
  5. MSE 8803 Scattering Theory
  6. CHEM 6172 Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry
  7. CHEM 6181 Chemical Crystallography
  8. CHEM 6283 Electroanalytical Chemistry
  9. CHEM 6572 Macromolecular Structure
  10. CHEM 6752 Polymer Characterization

**Courses in Computations (could include not limited to):

  1. MSE 6795 Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Techniques in Materials Science
  2. CHEM 6382  Computational Methods in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
  3. ISyE 6739  Basic Statistical Methods
  4. ME 6104  Computer-aided Design
  5. ME 6124  Finite-Element Method: Theory & Practice
  6. MATH 4255  Monte Carlo Methods
  7. MATH 4247  Partial Differential Equations I
  8. MATH 4348 Partial Differential Equations II
M.S. with thesis
  • 12 course hours in major
  • 12 course hours at 6000 or higher
  • 18 total course hours required and
  • A thesis approved by a committee of the graduate faculty
M.S. without thesis
  • 18 course hours in the major
  • 21 course hours at 6000 or higher and
  • 30 course hours required
Additional M.S. requirements include
  • 3.0 GPA at completion
  • At least three of the five core courses must be taken
  • MSE 8001, Seminar (1-0-1), is required for all graduate students
    For the thesis option: the seminar is in addition to the eighteen hours of courses listed above
    For the non-thesis option: it can be included in the thirty required hours
Ph.D. Requirements
  • Students must complete all core courses with a grade of ”B” in each course.  A maximum of one course can be repeated.  Withdrawal will be considered an attempt. (15 hours)
  • Six hours from general MSE curriculum (6 hours)
  • Nine hours in an approved minor (9 hours)
  • Prepare and submit a research proposal for the qualifying exam to the Graduate Committee within 30 days of completing Thermodynamics, Crystallography & Kinetics. Proposals must be submitted by Summer of 2nd year or 4 semesters (not including Summer). Courses in Computations and Characterization may be completed after qualifying exam.
  • Pass the oral qualifying exam
  • Complete all course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0  
  • Write, present and defend a Ph.D. dissertation
  • MSE 8001, Seminar (1-0-1), is required for all graduate students (1 hour)
Additional Ph.D. Requirements for students entering directly from B.S. program
  • Six additional hours of course work in the major (6 hours)
  • Note:  A total of 37 credit hours are required for Ph.D. direct from B.S.

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Professor & Associate Chair Graduate Studies
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