Graduate Degrees

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Graduate Degrees

Materials Science and Engineering (PhD)
Program Description
Degree Awarded: PHD Materials Science and Engineering

The PhD in materials science and engineering prepares students for professional careers in materials science and engineering and related fields in industry, government and educational institutions.

Degree Requirements

Credit Requirements

The doctoral program in materials science and engineering consists of 84 hours of graduate work. A total of 10 lecture courses (30 credit hours) plus three credit hours of seminar are required. Students entering the program with a master's degree in materials science may apply up to 30 hours toward the plan of study, but must take four lecture courses at ASU. If the MS has not been completed, a maximum of 12 hours of graduate work may be applied with program approval.

Required Courses

The doctoral program in materials science and engineering program core requirements include 12 hours of graduate-level materials science and engineering courses. The following four courses (comprising these 12 hours) are required for all students:

Core Courses (12 hours)

MSE 523 Structure and Mechanical Properties (3)
MSE 524 Advanced Thermodynamics (3)
MSE 515 Introduction to Electronic, Magnetic and Optical Properties or MSE 526/MSE 527 Materials Physics I and II (3)
MSE 561 Kinetics and Phase Transformations in Solids (3)

Electives (3-18 credit hours)

Students entering with a bachelor's degree are required to complete a minimum of 18 hours of elective course work. Graduate elective courses may be selected from any of the graduate courses in the materials science and engineering curriculum as well as elective courses from related disciplines (e.g., chemistry, physics, electrical engineering), subject to approval by the faculty advisor. These courses should comprise a focused plan of study with emphasis in a particular area of materials science, organized in consultation with faculty supervisory committee.

Research (24-39 credit hours)

Students entering the doctoral program with a master's degree need to complete 24 hours of research (MSE 792). Students entering with a bachelor's degree are required to complete 39 hours of research (MSE 792).

Dissertation (12 credit hours)

All doctoral students are required to complete 12 hours of dissertation (MSE 799). Note that 12 hours (and only 12) of dissertation credit (MSE 799) are required on the plan of study.

Seminar (3 credit hours)

The MSE 591 seminar is a one credit hour course. Students must take three credit hours (across three semesters) of seminar. The seminar course consists of a series of seminars presented by invited speakers and graduate students. Doctoral students are required to give a seminar presentation once during the academic year after they have begun their research.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the doctoral program are required to submit the following:

  1. Graduate Education online admission application
  2. application fee
  3. GRE score
  4. official transcripts
  5. personal statement
  6. resume or curriculum vitae
  7. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score for international students
  8. three letters of recommendation

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Once the application file is complete, the file is forwarded to the faculty admissions committee for evaluation and recommendation. Financial aid is available to highly qualified students. The most common type of financial aid is teaching and research assistantships, which are accompanied by tuition waivers and major medical insurance benefits. Other types of financial aid include Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering fellowships and Science Foundation Arizona fellowships.

Applicants must fulfill both the requirements of Graduate Education and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Please see the program website for application deadlines.

Contact Information
Materials Science and Engineering Program | ECG 207 480/965-4979