Coursework Master's

This degree emphasizes fundamental knowledge in a wide variety of modern, advanced materials development and applications.  

Students seeking a coursework M.S.E. degree must complete 30 credit hours of coursework including research credits. Of the 30 credit hours, at least 15 credit hours of MSE department courses (excluding MSE 690) must be taken.  

Graduate courses offered towards the 30 credit hours are divided into two modules/categories.

i)               Foundation courses (minimum of 12 credit hours) 

ii)             Elective courses (maximum of 18 credit hours)


MSE Coursework Course Plan of Study Form for Master


Foundation courses:

Students must select a minimum of four courses (12 credits) within this category/module.




Foundation courses(Credits: at least 12 credits)

MSE 532 (3): Advanced Thermodynamics of Materials 

MSE 535 (3): Kinetics, Phase Transformations and Transport 

(1) MSE 550 (3): Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering

MSE 465 (3): Structural and Chemical Characterization of Materials

MSE 560 (3): Structures of Materials

MSE 500 (3): Materials Physics and Chemistry and Chemistry

MSE 510 (3): Materials Chemistry

MSE 520 (3): Advanced Mechanical Behavior

(1) MSE 550 is mandatory for students without undergraduate degree in MSE.


Elective courses: 

Students can select a number of courses (up to 18 credits) within this category/module. 

Student may count up to 3 non-MSE courses (up to 9 credits) toward the 18 credits. One of the non-MSE course can be a non-engineering, professionally related course (e.g. Business, entrepreneurship, public policy, patent law, Techcom, Engineering education). The other 2 non-MSE courses must be graduate level Engineering or Science courses. These non-MSE courses MUST be approved by the Master’s committee.





Elective courses

(Max credits: 18)


MSE 890 (1): MSE Colloquium

MSE 890 (1): MSE Colloquium

MSE 454 (3): Computational Approaches in MSE

MSE 512 (3): Polymer Physics

MSE 517 (3): Advanced Functional Polymers: Molecular Design and Applications

MSE 514 (3): Composite Materials

MSE 554 (3): Computational Methods in MS&E and ChemE

MSE 556 (3): Molecular Simulation

MSE 470 (3): Physical Metallurgy

MSE 440 (3): Ceramics Materials

MSE 412 (3): Polymeric Materials

MSE 593 (3): Quantum Materials

MSE 410 (3): Design and Applications of Biomaterials

MSE 555 (3): Materials Energy Conversion

MSE 420 (3): Mechanical Behavior of Materials

MSE 577 (3): Failure Analysis of Materials 

MSE 562 (3): Electron Microscopy I

MSE 593 (3): Data-Driven Materials Design and Genomics

(2) MSE 690 (Max credits: 8): Research Problems in Materials Science and Engineering

MSE 593 (3): Surface and Interfacial Engineering

MSE 593 (3): Special Topics

(2) MSE 690 (Max credits: 8):Research Problems in Materials Science and Engineering

MSE 559 (3): Foundations Nano II

MSE 593 (3): Special Topics

(2) Of the 18 credit hours, up to 8 credit hours may be satisfied by MSE 690 (Research Problems in Materials Science and Engineering). Students taking MSE 690 must submit a research report commensurate with the number of MSE 690 credits taken. This report must be approved by the project supervisor.