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Students wishing to pursue a M.S. degree in materials science must complete at least 30 credits. Courses are categorized as Core Courses, Advanced Graduate Courses, and Seminar, and, depending on whether the student selects a thesis or non-thesis option, Thesis Research or Independent Study, respectively. The Core Courses are mandatory—all students must complete them. Advanced Graduate Courses are at the 600 level and above.


Minimum Credit Requirements
Thesis Option
Non-Thesis Option
Core Courses
Advanced Graduate Courses
Independent Study (ENMA 797)
not required
Thesis Research
not required



Course Requirements

All of the following core courses must be taken by all full and part time Masters students:

  • ENMA 650: Nanostructure of Materials
  • ENMA 660: Thermodynamics in Materials Science
  • ENMA 661: Kinetics of Reactions in Materials Science
  • ENMA 671: Defects in Materials * or
    ENMA 620: Polymer Physics *

    * Students wishing to study polymers or biomaterials are strongly urged to take ENMA 620. This choice must be approved by the student's research advisor.

In addition, all students must take:

  • ENMA 688: Materials Science and Engineering Seminar *

    * Attendance to the Department's Seminar course for three (3) semesters is required for all students except by special consent of the Department. Part time off-campus graduate students can petition the Department to substitute a 3 credit 600 level course for the 3 credit ENMA 688 Department Seminar requirement.

Additional Policies and Requirements

  • Each core course can only be repeated once, unless there is a special circumstance. In this rare instance the student is required to petition the Graduate Studies Committee to be allowed to take a core course a third time.
  • M.S students who are pursuing the thesis option can count up to 3 credits of ENMA 698 XXX (XXX is the individual advisor section) coursework toward the 9 credits of additional courses (beyond core courses) with the requirement that all 3 credits of ENMA 698 XXX are associated with the same advisor.

Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering Thesis Options


The Department offers two separate options for earning a M.S. in materials science, which must be selected by the student prior to their first semester:


The Thesis Option requires the completion of a Master's Thesis in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School.

The Non-Thesis Option requires the completion of a scholarly paper. Students wishing to pursue a Masters degree without a thesis must register for ENMA 797 and submit a scholarly paper in the area of research he or she has been conducting at the University or place of employment. The demonstration of publishable quality may be shown by submission of the paper to a journal approved by the student's advisor, or by submission of the paper to the faculty member in charge of ENMA 797 during the semester the student is enrolled, or to the Chair of the Department. Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program may use the Dissertation Proposal in lieu of the required scholarly paper.

Effective January 2001, a Master's Comprehensive examination is no longer required.