Materials Science and Engineering - Online and Distance Education

Materials Science and Engineering

Graduate Certificates | Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Entrance Exam: Not Required

The Graduate Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is designed for working professionals who do not have formal training in materials science and engineering but wish to acquire a basic understanding of the discipline. From nuclear materials to metallic materials processing, and from polymer technology to composite materials, this program opens the door to the knowledge you need to develop and test materials, and solve engineering problems related to materials capabilities.

The program requires four courses (12 credit hours) and can be completed in two semesters. Most people enroll as distance education students. Required courses include the core course MSE 500 (3 credit hours) and three MSE elective courses (9 credit hours) selected by the student. Students may customize their particular program to focus on specific areas of materials science that interest them.

Non-Degree Studies (NDS) Students

NDS students seeking spring enrollment in an Engineering online program and/or course, please submit your NDS application no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2023 to ensure your application materials are received on time.  Submitting your application after January 4, may result in not being admitted or enrolled in classes for the Spring 2023 semester.


To be admitted to the MSE Graduate Certificate Program, a student must have a B.S. degree in the sciences or engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and have an overall (or major) GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale.

Career Prospects

Graduate-level education in materials science provides the knowledge required for career advancement in engineering careers. The Graduate Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering is a flexible program designed to provide a background in the structure and properties of specific materials, allowing professionals to make a difference in the workplace. Our graduates work in a wide variety of engineering disciplines, including nuclear, automotive, aeronautical, nanotechnical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.

Additional Resources

For detailed information regarding engineering online programs and how to apply and enroll, please visit the Engineering Online website.