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Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Degree Overview

The M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a coursework-based degree that provides an advanced foundational education to professionals interested in careers in MSE. Materials Science and Engineering is an engineering discipline that applies the tools of basic and applied sciences and engineering to the manufacture and application of materials and devices. Graduates of the MSE department are pursuing careers in companies, national laboratories, and universities in an expanding spectrum of technical endeavors, ranging from health and biotechnology to energy production, transmission, and utilization to manufacturing and materials production to information technologies. Because MSE is an extremely interdisciplinary field, our M.S. degree provides the foundation of all MSE activities while allowing for flexibility in individual interests at the graduate level. The degree requirements are broken down into four categories, each requiring 24 units: MSE Core, MSE Electives, MSE-related Electives, and Free Electives. Students will normally complete the degree in two full (15 week) academic semesters.

Degree Requirements

The 96 satisfactorily completed units required to complete the degree shall be subject to the following distribution requirements.

  • Students are required to take 24 units of the departmental common MSE graduate core courses.
  • Students are required to take 24 additional units of MSE graduate elective courses (27-7**).
  • Students are required to take 24 additional units of approved MSE-related courses.
  • Students are required to take 24 additional units of approved graduate courses.
  • All full-time students must enroll, attend, and actively participate in the Graduate Seminar course (27-774) each semester in which they are registered. More information regarding the seminar attendance policy can be found on the Departmental Seminar Series website.

Miscellaneous Rules

I. Grades

  • All students must maintain a B (3.0) average to graduate.
  • Course units with a grade lower than C (2.0) are not acceptable toward the degree requirements.
  • Grades in approved projects may not be used in calculation of the B (3.0) average.
  • Grades in approved projects must be B (3.0) or above to count towards the unit calculation for graduation.

II. Completion Timelines

  • The average grade of the course work shall be at least a B (3.0), and the student may choose any 72 to 96 of the first 120 units attempted to compute the average course grade.

III. Units per semester

  • Only by permission of the department head may a student with 12 units or less of graduate research enroll in more than 51 units. Such students shall not be permitted to register for more than 60 units.
  • Only by permission of the department head may a student with more than 12 units of graduate research enroll in more than 48 units. Such students shall not be permitted to register for more than 51 units.

Graduate Program Guidelines

Application Information

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science in Materials Science

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Masters in Energy Science, Technology and Policy

Dual Masters of Science in Engineering & Technology Innovation Management and in MSE

Projected Departmental Course Offerings

CMU Schedule of Classes

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