The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering, with research specialization in the following areas:
The master’s degree is offered under Plan A (thesis option) and Plan B (non-thesis option). Candidates for the degree under Plan A must complete 24 credit hours of course work and submit and defend a thesis that demonstrates research ability. The required course work includes the materials science core (MSE 632, 635, 650, 781) as well as appropriate electives selected in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. In certain exceptional cases (as determined by the faculty), a non-thesis M.S. may be undertaken (Plan B). The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of course work that includes the materials science core, and is only available to those students with prior research or industrial experience. For both Plan A and Plan B, at least half of all graduate course work must be at the 600 level or above.
The Ph.D. program offers broad training in materials science and engineering while providing options to suit the student’s particular interests and designated area of specialization. The student must conduct original and significant research and must submit and defend a dissertation based on that research. Doctoral students complete the materials science core, and work with their doctoral advisory committee to develop a program of elective courses designed to address deficiencies and to enhance the specialization area of interest. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in a minor area selected from the fields of mathematics, physical sciences, or engineering. In order to advance to candidacy, doctoral students must pass an oral qualifying examination that tests the candidate’s knowledge in three fundamental areas of Materials Science and Engineering: Structure of Materials, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, and Thermodynamics of Materials. There is no language requirement for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering.
Admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs is on a competitive basis, and financial assistance is available through teaching and research assistantships, as well as a limited number of fellowships. Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 on all undergraduate work. Persons with backgrounds in any physical science or engineering discipline are encouraged to apply, as each applicant’s qualifications are reviewed individually. Minimum requirements for admission include a bachelor’s degree and four semesters of university-level calculus, calculus-based physics, and chemistry. Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission, as acceptance is on a competitive and space-available basis.
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Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials used to create a wide range of products, from computer chips and aircraft wings to golf clubs and biomedical devices. They study the properties and structures of metals, ceramics, plastics, composites, nanomaterials (extremely small substances), and other substances to create new materials that meet certain mechanical, electrical, and chemical requirements.
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Materials engineers generally work in offices where they have access to computers and design equipment. Others work in factories or research and development laboratories. Materials engineers typically work full time and may work overtime hours when necessary.
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Dr. Matthew Beck
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Chemical & Materials Engineeringmjbe223@uky.edu
College of Engineering
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