Materials Science and Engineering

 

Graduate Certificate | Materials Science and Engineering

Program Format:   
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 MSE, but wish to acquire a basic understanding of materials science. 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.

Eligibility

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.

Cost

This 12-credit graduate program includes four 3-credit MSE graduate courses. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $504 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,312 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $6,048 for North Carolina residents and $15,744 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Core Course

MSE 500 - Modern Concepts in Materials Science

Units: 3

Fundamentals of structure, structure modification and properties of materials with emphasis on structure-property relationships and modern theory of solids.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MSE 500 is a fast-paced overview of the field of materials science and engineering and is designed for students who do not have a formal background in MSE, such as those with BS degrees in chemistry, physics and other fields of engineering. MSE 500 also provides the foundation for more specialized MSE graduate courses.

Elective Courses

The MSE courses listed below are available online as electives. By judicious selection of elective courses, students can customize their certificate program to focus on areas of interest to them.

MSE 509 - Nuclear Materials

Units: 3

Introduces students to properties and selection of materials for nuclear steam supply systems and to radiation effects on materials. Implications of radiation damage to reactor materials and materials problems in nuclear engineering are discussed. Topics include an overview of nuclear steam supply systems, crystal structure and defects, dislocation theory, mechanical properties, radiation damage, hardening and embrittlement due to radiation exposure and problems concerned with fission and fusion materials. Students cannot receive credit for both 409 and 509.

Offered in Fall Only

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MSE 540 - Processing of Metallic Materials

Units: 3

Fundamental concepts of solidification and their application to foundry and welding practices; metal forming concepts applied to forging, rolling, extrusion, drawing, and sheet forming operations; machining mechanisms and methods; powder metallurgy;advanced processing methods including rapid solidification and mechanical alloying. Credit for both MSE 440 and MSE 540 is not allowed

Offered in Fall Only

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MSE 545 - Ceramic Processing

Units: 3

Ceramic processing of powders includes powder synthesis, characterization, mixing, and size reduction. Theoretical aspects include particle packing, particles in suspension, and some aspects of surface chemistry. Forming methods include compaction, casting, and extrusion. Firing and sintering are examined. Credit for both MSE 445 and MSE 545 is not allowed

Offered in Fall Only

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MSE 555 - Polymer Technology and Engineering

Units: 3

Classes of commercially important polymers, advanced topics in phase behavior, viscoelasticity, fracture and ultimate properties of polymers; polymer rheology, and processing; design of polymeric materials. Credit for both MSE 455 and MSE 555 is not allowed.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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MSE 556 - Composite Materials

Units: 3

The course covers the basic principles underlying properties of composite materials as related to the properties of individual constituents and their interactions. Polymer, metal and ceramic matrix composites are included. Property averaging and micromechanics of composites are covered at an introductory level. Emphasis is placed on design and processing of composite systems to yield desired combinations of properties. Credit for both MSE 456 and MSE 556 is not allowed.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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MSE 565 - Introduction to Nanomaterials

Units: 3

Introduction to nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires, and nanostructured films, emphasizing their synthesis, structural and property characterization, novel physical and chemical properties, applications and contemporary literature.

Offered in Spring Only

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MSE 580 - Materials Forensics and Degradation

Units: 3

Covers principles and prevention of the degradation of materials. The topics will include dissolution of polymer and ceramic materials, electrochemical corrosion, oxidation of metals and polymers, degradation of polymers, friction and wear, degradation of electrical device components, bio-deterioration of materials, and failure analysis. The general practice in failure analysis will be applied to a variety of case studies to illustrate important failure mechanisms. Credit will not be given for both MSE 480 and MSE 580.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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MSE 702 - Defects In Solids

Units: 3

Offered in Spring Only

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MSE 705 - Mechanical Behavior Of Engineering Materials

Units: 3

Coverage of both fundamental and engineering aspects of mechanical behavior of materials. Elasticity, plasticity and dislocation theory concepts used to describe phenomenological behavior and micro-mechanical mechanisms. Strengthening mechanisms in crystals, high-temperature deformation, fracture mechanics, fracture toughening mechanisms and cyclic deformation.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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MSE 706 - Phase Transformations and Kinetics

Units: 3

Homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation, spinodal decomposition, interface and diffusion-controlled growth, formal theory of transformation kinetics, precipitation, coarsening, order-disorder, and martensitic transformations.

Offered in Spring Only

MSE 708 - Thermodynamics Of Materials

Units: 3

Review of first and second laws of thermodynamics, equilibrium and irreversible processes, open and closed systems, partition functions and particle distribution functions. Applications include extension of thermodynamic potentials to situations where electrical, magnetic and stress fields present, heat capacity of crystals, electron gas in metals, solution models, binary phase diagrams and rubber elasticity in polymers.

Offered in Fall Only

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MSE 757 - Radiation Effects on Materials

Units: 3

Interaction of radiation with matter with emphasis on microstructural modification, physical and mechanical effects. Defects generation and annealing, void swelling, irradiation growth and creep, and irradiation induced effects in reactor materialsare discussed. Current theories and experimental techniques are discussed.

Offered in Spring Only

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MSE 760 - Materials Science in Processing of Semiconductor Devices

Units: 3

Ion implantation and doping for advanced semiconductor devices, thin films and epitaxy, silicides, ohmic contacts and interconnection metallurgy, oxidation and nitridation, gettering of impurities and dopant segregation phenomena, electromigration, electronic packaging materials science and advanced device concepts.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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MSE 771 - Materials Science of Nanoelectronics

Units: 3

Effects of scale less than 100 nm on the electrical properties & processing of all materials [metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers and biomaterials]. Current status and future prospects for the semiconductor industry summarized by invited scientists and by review and discussion of selected current literature. Student presentations and research proposals are required.

Offered in Fall Only

MSE 791 - Advanced Topics in Materials Science and Engineering

Units: 1 - 3

Special studies of advanced topics in materials science and engineering.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallMarch 1
SpringOctober 1
Summer 1March 1

Dr. C. Maurice Balik

Distance Education Coordinator

College of Engineering

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

919.515.2126
balik@ncsu.edu

Contact me for: Program details

Dr. Linda Krute

Director of Distance Education Programs, College of Engineering

College of Engineering

919.515.5440
linda_krute@ncsu.edu