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Materials Science and Engineering

 

Master | Materials Science and Engineering

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE

The Master of Materials Science and Engineering (MMSE) degree is a non-thesis, course-only master's degree. The same degree requirements apply to on-campus and distance education students. For distance education students who are already employed, the MMSE program enables them to further their education with a master's degree that can be completed with the convenience and flexibility of online video lectures and exams administered by a local proctor.

The Materials Science and Engineering graduate program focuses on understanding the structure, modification and properties of materials and the development of new or improved processing methods. Consistent with the multi-disciplinary nature of the field, a substantial number of our graduate students majored in fields other than materials science, and the department has a significant number of associated graduate faculty from other departments supervising thesis and dissertation research.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Applicants to the MMSE program typically have a BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), another field of engineering or a related technical discipline such as chemistry or physics. If your undergraduate degree is not MSE, the MSE admissions committee may recommend that you begin your graduate work at NC State in the Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) program, as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student.

Starting your graduate studies as an NDS student has some advantages:

  • You won't lose any time. Up to 12 credit hours of coursework can be taken as a Non-degree Studies (NDS) student. If you are later admitted to the MMSE program, up to 12 credit hours can be transferred from NDS to the MMSE program. Only courses in which a grade of B or better is received can be transferred.
  • Should you receive a grade lower than B in a course as an NDS student, this course will not transfer to MMSE and it will not be included in the calculation of your graduate grade point average (GPA). Per NCSU policy, a GPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained to continue in any graduate program. So NDS is a low-risk way to "test the waters" in the MMSE program before committing to it.

Once enrolled in NDS, it is recommended that you register for MSE 500 as your first course. This is a fast-paced overview of the field, and will give you a good indication of how well prepared you are for additional graduate level coursework in materials science and engineering. You can be reconsidered for admission into the MMSE program after you have successfully completed at least two MSE courses as an NDS student.

To be admitted to the NC State Graduate School, you must:

  • have a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
  • have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work
  • take the TOEFL exam if you are a non-native English speaker and achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (PBT) or 80 (IBT).
 The institutional code for the Educational Testing Service to report TOEFL scores to North Carolina State University is 5496. International students who have successfully completed at least one year of full-time study in a degree program at a four-year US College or university are exempt from the TOEFL requirement. Detailed TOEFL score requirements and other general information about the Graduate School at NCSU can be found on our graduate admissions page.
  • In addition to meeting the university admission requirements, applicants to the MMSE Program must also:
    • provide three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your work
    • provide transcript(s) from your undergraduate institution(s)
    • submit a statement of purpose

PLAN OF STUDY

The program consists of 30 credit hours. A full-time graduate student may take 9 credit hours of course work per semester; part-time students typically take 3 or 6 credit hours of course work per semester. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course which appears on the NC State graduate transcript. All students must comply with Graduate School regulations for continuous registration or must request a leave of absence not to exceed one year.

Students who are employed full-time may enroll in only two courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in just one course during their first semester.

Students are assigned an academic advisor and work with this advisor to develop an individual Plan of Graduate Work. Some specialty areas have specific course requirements.

Materials Science and Engineering SCHEDULE OF COURSES

Courses listed are subject to change

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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

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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2016 Fall Term

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, drawing, and sheet forming operations; machining mechanisms and methods; powder metallurgy; advanced processing methods including rapid solidification and mechanical alloying. Credit for both MAT 440 and MSE 540 is not allowed

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

MSE 545 - Ceramic Processing

Units: 3

Powder synthesis, characterization, colloidal processing, forming method, theory of sintering, aspects of microstructural control. Credit for both MAT 445 and MSE 545 is not allowed

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

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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2016 Fall Term

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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2016 Fall Term

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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

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 Only

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1

MSE 556 - Composite Materials

Units: 3

Basic principles underlying properties of composite materials as related to properties of individual constituents and their interactions. Emphasis on design of composite systems to yield desired combinations of properties.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1

MSE 565 - Introduction to Nanomaterials

Units: 3

Introduction to nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires, and nanostructured thin 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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2016 Spring Term

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 Only

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1

MSE 702 - Defects In Solids

Units: 3

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1

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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

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 Fall Only

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2016 Spring Term

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

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

Find this course:

2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

Tuition Level: Graduate - Engineering

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $445.66
Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $13,369.80

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,041.66
Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $31,249.80

Approximate cost per semester: $4,010.94 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJan 6 (US & Int)
SpringAug 1 (US & Int)
Summer 1Mar 25 (MMSE only)
Summer 2May 1 (MMSE only)

Dr. Beth Dickey

Director of Graduate Programs

919-515-3920
secdickey@ncsu.edu