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Graduate Certificates | Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Entrance Exam: Not Required
College of Engineering

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.


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

Engineers with deep knowledge of materials science are especially valued for positions involving innovation, research and development, and safety testing. Engineers with a materials science background often are part of the behind-the-scenes processes involving new products, gadgets and technologies. Some specialize in innovation; others are more involved with testing and quality assurance; still others contribute to safety education whether that be in product descriptions and labeling or in guidance regarding how and when a product should be used and in what environment to ensure the efficacy and safety of the product.

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, delivering the knowledge required for career advancement in engineering careers. 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.