Master of Science in materials science

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.


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: 30 credits in course work, including a six credit thesis
  • Plan C: 30 credits in course work

Degree requirements

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.

Plan of work

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