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Materials Science and Engineering

Master’s and Doctoral Programs


Graduate opportunities

Biomedical materials, metals, polymers, glasses and electronic materials are being tested and improved every day by materials engineers and scientists who solve vital problems and advance technology. Where will you make your contribution?

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas offers course work leading to a Master of Science degree or a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Materials Science and Engineering.

In the doctoral program, a concentration in Mechanical and Energy Engineering is also available.

Our programs provide strong collaborative links with other universities and industries in the region and research organizations throughout the world.

Youíll have many opportunities to develop highly marketable skills in areas such as:

  • Academia
  • Biomedical
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Microelectronics
  • Power
  • Aerospace
  • Nanotechnology
  • Characterization
  • Environmental
  • Modeling and simulations

We address the educational and technological challenges of creating, applying and characterizing new materials for manufacturing products in the 21st century. Youíll learn all aspects of modern materials and their characterization including metals, ceramics, polymers and electronic and optical materials.

Impact the future

The College of Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are located at Discovery Park, our 300-acre research facility. There, innovative, futuristic ideas are investigated daily — from the development of unmanned stealth vehicles to compostable plastic packaging to new energy-efficient lighting materials.

With small class sizes, youíll work closely with nationally recognized faculty members to solve complex problems. Our faculty members partner with students on research projects and serve as mentors and advisors. Among them is Dr. Narendra Dahotre who has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow for his work with lasers.

Several post-doctoral researchers and co-investigators from other departments help you gain a wide variety of insights.

You can also take advantage of the invaluable contacts we have with leading companies and corporate partners.

Strong student support

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camps. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Outstanding research opportunities

The department has several labs and groups researching properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic and optical materials. Our labs are well equipped with outstanding technical support. The research labs and groups include the:

  • Advanced Metallic Materials Laboratory
  • Center for Advanced Research and Technology
  • Computational Materials Modeling Group
  • Laboratory of Advanced Polymers and Optimized Materials
  • Laboratory for Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Laboratory for Moving Mechanical Assemblies
  • Materials Synthesis and Processing Laboratory
  • Optoelectronics and Thin Film Materials Laboratory
  • Polymer Mechanical and Rheological Laboratory

More information about the centers, their equipment and focuses is available at our website.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must meet the requirements of the graduate school plus the following program requirements. Information about graduate school admission is available at the graduate school website. Program admission is based on a holistic review of:

  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • College transcripts
  • Personal statement describing your laboratory, field or applied interests; career plans and how the program can serve to further these interests and plans

Additional information is available from the graduate coordinator.

Degree requirements

Master of Science degree

Thesis option
  • 12 credit hours of core courses
  • 12 credit hours of electives
  • 2 credit hours of a seminar course in materials science and engineering
  • 6 credit hours of thesis
Non-thesis option
  • 12 credit hours of core courses
  • 15 credit hours of electives
  • 2 credit hours of a seminar course in materials science and engineering
  • 6 credit hours of research courses in lieu of thesis

Doctor of Philosophy degree

  • 12 credit hours of core courses
  • 9 to 24 credit hours of electives
  • 2 credit hours of a seminar course in materials science and engineering
  • 10 to 22 credit hours of individual research
  • 9 to 12 credit hours of dissertation

As a doctoral candidate, youíre expected to publish at least two original research articles in a refereed journal before graduation.

Financial assistance

Several teaching assistantships funded by the department are available. The majority of students are supported by research assistantships funded by individual faculty grants. Only doctoral students and masterís students who select the thesis option are eligible for teaching or research assistantships. Out-of-state and international students who are funded at least half time are eligible for in-state tuition rates.

Some in-state tuition scholarships are also available. Youíre encouraged to view the faculty research areas below and contact a specific faculty member about research assistantship opportunities after being admitted to the program.

Information about other financial assistance programs is at the financial aid website.