Jul 14, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Science and Engineering, M.S.

Location(s): Main Campus

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Admission to the Program

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering or natural sciences with a minimum 2.75 GPA is required. 
  • A promising applicant with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.74 may be admitted as a special action student. Special action students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 for three qualifying courses (9 units) as approved in advance by the program director.
  • Students with other BS degrees or from non-ABET accredited programs may be admitted with conditions. Prerequisite courses will be required only for conditionally admitted students.

Program Overview

The Master of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering emphasizes on fundamentals of materials science and engineering to enable students to build a better tomorrow through materials innovations. The program prepares graduate students for industrial positions in related fields as well as for further study at the doctoral level.

Learning Outcomes Roadmap (2021)   

Requirements for the Degree (30 units)

A total of 30 semester units is required, of which, at least 15 units must be 5000-level courses. The advice and approval of the program director must be obtained before enrolling in any course.

Elective Requirements (9-12 units)

Select from the following list with program director approval. Students completing the MSE 5960 (Comprehensive Examination) must complete 12 units to meet the degree requirement. Students completing MSE 5990 (Thesis) take 9 units, including MSE 5970.

Culminating Experience (0-3 units)

Select one.

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