Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Overview

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) research is aimed at educating and training the next generation of out-of-the box thinkers to solve the biggest global challenges.

By fostering a multidisciplinary approach, MSE degree programs strive to endow students with the tools to strategically question current design paradigms and drive innovative materials and manufacturing solutions across a diverse range of technological sectors. Motivated by modern materials challenges in energy, computing, transportation, impact protection, robotics, and global health care, MSE programs’ comprehensive, experiential training is designed to arm graduates with a modernized skill set tailored to confront those challenges head-on.

MSE degree programs are designed to engage students with:

  • Active hands-on training in the latest materials characterization and computational methods, materials-focused intellectual property protection and technology transfer, and professional soft skill development.
  • Enhanced educational opportunities promoted through industry partnerships, facilitating internships and class time spent in active commercial manufacturing labs.
  • A diverse core of faculty mentors driving advances in controlling structure at the nanoscale, predictive property modeling, high performance metal, polymer and ceramic composites, photovoltaics, and additive manufacturing.

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

The overall objective of the MSE-MS is to develop students to be science and engineering professionals who use their multidisciplinary problem solving skills to address global challenges in the field of materials science and engineering.

REQUIREMENTS

Plan A, Thesis Option — A student must complete a minimum of 30 semester credits. These must include 16 credits of approved classroom-based courses with 13 credits of Core courses:  MSE 501 (1 unit), 3 out of a possible 6 units of MSE 502, where MSE 502A and MSE 502B are required, MSE 503, MSE 504, and a course in optical/electrical properties of materials (select from the course offered by MSE, CHEM 511, CHEM 517, PH531, or ECE574). Additionally, 2 credits of MSE 793 (Professional Development Seminar) are required and 3 credits of approved Specialty courses at the 500 level or higher (e.g. MSE 505). MSE M.S. Plan A students will be required to meet a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training component (course-based, workshop, other pre-approved form). The student must also perform research and prepare a thesis. The final examination for the Plan A M.S. Degree is the thesis defense. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved for core credits.

Plan B, Coursework Option — A student must complete a minimum of 30 semester credits. These must include 16 credits of approved classroom-based courses with 13 credits of Core courses:  MSE 501 (1 unit), 3 out of a possible 6 units of MSE 502, where MSE 502A and MSE 502B are required, MSE 503, MSE 504, and a course in optical/electrical properties of materials (select from the course offered by MSE, CHEM 511, CHEM 517, PH531, or ECE574). Additionally, two credits of MSE 793 (Professional Development Seminar) are required and 3 credits of approved Specialty courses at the 500 level or higher (e.g. MSE 505). A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved for core credits.

Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please see the department’s website or contact your department representative with program-related questions.

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Requirements

Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

All applicants to the M.S. Plan A in Materials Science and Engineering are considered for available GRA, GTA and GSA appointments. Applicants should clearly indicate in their Statement of Purpose, their interest in active research areas and/or particular research labs in the department.

Financial Aid

Application Deadline Dates

Department Deadlines

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