Wayne State University's graduate program in materials science (M.S. and Ph.D.) offers an outstanding foundation for careers in research, academia and industrial manufacturing. We have a strong focus on the development of novel nanomaterials (polymers and metals) for industrial applications ranging from automotive, medical, electronic and materials for energy-related applications. Broad areas of interests include energy, nanotechnology, nanomedicine, polymer processing, simulations/modeling and biofuels. Students perform research and learn in a collaborative and challenging environment.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Materials Science Graduate Program
For questions about your application, please contact a Graduate Program Coordinator.
Admissions and degree requirements
Materials science and engineering (M.S. program)
The Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in engineering or the physical sciences. Admission requires a 3.0 grade point average, or the equivalent as determined by the department graduate officer. Applicants whose baccalaureate degrees are not in materials or metallurgical engineering, or whose undergraduate preparation is evaluated as insufficient, may be required to elect additional courses prior to admission.
The master's degree is offered by this department under the following options:
Plan A: 32 credits in course work, including an eight-credit thesis.
Plan C: 34 credits in course work.
Requirements for both options include at least 26 credits in materials science and engineering courses, including the core courses: MSE 7300, 7400, MSE 5650 and PHY 6450. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the college governing graduate scholarship and degrees; see sections beginning under Academic Regulations, Graduate and Academic Regulations for the College of Engineering, respectively.
Chemical engineering (Combined B.S./M.S. for students with a B.S. in chemistry)
This program is designed for individuals who have earned a baccalaureate in chemistry from an accredited U.S. institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students are first admitted into the undergraduate program and are then eligible to earn both the B.S. in chemical engineering and, once admitted to the Graduate School, the M.S. degree. Evaluation of prerequisite requirements and applicable transfer credit will be determined by the departmental advisor.
A combined total of 66 credits is required: a minimum of 34 credits for the second baccalaureate and 32 credits for the master's degree. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the college governing graduate scholarship and degrees; see sections beginning under Academic Regulations, Graduate and Academic Regulations for the College of Engineering, respectively.
For additional information regarding specific course requirements, contact the departmental advisor at 313-577-3716.
Plan of work