Materials Science and Engineering


An interdisciplinary program on the physical and chemical fundamentals of material synthesis, characterization, structure-property behaviour, processing and computational modeling; with emphasis on practical laboratory experience.

Degree Requirements

Applicants can apply to our PhD programs with a BS or MS degree.  PhD students admitted with a BS degree must be completed at least 14 courses and 42 credits, as well as the seminar course, by the end of the sixth semester and take the qualifying exam no later than the seventh semester.  PhD students admitted with a MS degree must be completed at least 7 courses and 21 credits, as well as the seminar course, by the end of the fourth semester and take the qualifying exam no later than the fifth semester.  

In addition to the credit courses, students must complete the non-credit courses; MASE 695 – PhD Thesis, MASE 590 Seminar, ETHR 500 –  Scientific Research Methods and Research and Publication Ethics, ENGL 500 – Academic Writing, TEAC 500 – Teaching Experience, KOLT 500 -Teaching in Higher Education and LIBR 500 – Library Researcher Development.


MASE 515 Materials Science and Engineering I
MASE 516 Materials Science and Engineering II
MASE 517 Advanced Physical Chemistry
MASE 518 Physical Methods of Materials Characterization

MASE 510 Synthetic Polymer Chemistry
MASE 511 Introduction to Polymer Science
MASE 522 Vibrational Spectroscopy
MASE 530 Materials Behaviour
MASE 532 Statistical Mechanics of Polymers
MASE 534 Rubber Elasticity
MASE 536 Multicomponent Polymeric Systems
MASE 538 Intermolecular and Surface Forces
MASE 540 Surface & Interface Properties of Materials
MASE 542 Biomaterials
MASE 544 Nanoparticle Science and Technology
MASE 550 Optical Spectroscopy of Materials and Devices
MASE 570 Micro and Nanofabrication
MASE 571 Semiconductor Processing Methods

MATH 504 Numerical Methods
MATH 506 Numerical Methods II

MECH 541 Manufacturing of Advanced Engineering Materials
MECH 543 Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Automation
MECH 546 Machine Tools in Manufacturing
MECH 552 Introduction to Biomechanics
MECH 561 Mechanics of Condensed Matter

PHYS 509 Condensed Matter Physics I
PHYS 510 Condensed Matter Physics II

Courses are selected by the students from the above list and from other courses not listed here in accordance with their areas of specialization and subject to the approval of their advisors. In addition, each student has to take a seminar course, MASE 590 Seminar. Students also register for the thesis course.

MASE 590

MASE 596
PhD Thesis

TEAC 500
Teaching Experience

Students who have TA assignments must take TEAC 500: Teaching Experience during the semesters of their assignments. Students must also take ENGL 500: Graduate Writing course.