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

Graduate opportunities

You'll learn all aspects of modern materials and their characterization including metals, ceramics, polymers and electronic and optical materials

You'll have many opportunities to develop highly marketable skills in areas such as:

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

Impact the future

The College of Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering work on innovative, futuristic ideas from the development of stealth, unmanned vehicles to compostable plastic packaging and new energy-efficient lighting materials.

With small class sizes, you'll work closely with nationally recognized faculty members on research projects to solve complex problems, many of which lead to exciting internship opportunities.

Outstanding research opportunities

The department has several labs and groups including:

  • Advanced Metallic Materials Laboratory
  • Center for Friction Stir Welding
  • Computational Materials Modeling Group
  • Functional Glasses and Materials Modeling Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Laboratory for Moving Mechanical Assemblies
  • Laboratory of Advanced Polymers and Optimized Materials
  • Materials Synthesis and Processing Laboratory
  • Optoelectronics and Thin Film Materials Laboratory
  • Polymer Mechanical and Rheological Laboratory
  • UNT Materials Research Facility

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 Toulouse Graduate School® plus the following program requirements. Information about graduate school admission is available at the graduate school website.

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

Additional information is available from the departmental 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
  • 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, you're expected to publish at least two original research articles in a refereed journal before graduation.

Financial assistance

Graduate school fellowships and departmental teaching assistantships are available for selected applicants for the first year. Most graduate students are supported by research assistantships funded by individual faculty grants. Once you are admitted, please view the faculty research areas and contact a specific faculty member about research opportunities. More information about faculty and their research interests can be found on our website. Out-of-state and international students are eligible for in-state tuition rates if they are funded for at least 20 hours each week. Several departmental scholarships also are available for qualified students.

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


Samir Aouadi, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of British Columbia. Nanostructured thin film deposition and surface engineering using sputtering, e-beam evaporation, electrodeposition, reactive ion etching, vapor-liquid-solid and hydrothermal processes; advanced tribological, biomedical, photocatalytic and thermal management materials.

Rajarshi Banerjee, University Distinguished Research Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Nanostructured thin films and multilayers; metallic biomaterials; metal-matrix composites; phase transformations; structure-property relationships.

Diana Berman, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., North Carolina State University. Nanostructures, surfaces and interfaces; carbon-based materials, graphene and diamond films; friction, adhesion and wear of nanostructured materials; radio frequency microelectromechanical systems, nanodevices.

Witold Brostow, Regents Professor; D.Sc., Polish Academy of Sciences; D.Sc., University of Warsaw. Service performance and reliability of polymeric materials; materials and coatings with enhanced wear, scratch and mar resistance; advanced composites, including ceramics and polymer liquid crystals; dilute polymer solutions and drag reduction; computer simulations of materials and processes.

Nandika Anne D'Souza, Regents Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Mechanical and rheological studies of polymers and blends; hybrid fiber composites; failure analysis; nanocomposites; adhesives; coatings.

Narendra Dahotre, University Distinguished Research Professor; Ph.D., Michigan State University. Laser-based surface engineering for advanced materials; laser-based machining of ceramics; biomaterials and lightweight materials; laser-material interactions; structure-property relationship.

Jincheng Du, Professor; Ph.D., Alfred University. Glass and ceramic materials; atomistic computer simulations; computational materials science; materials for biomedicine and microelectronics; nuclear waste disposal; solid state electrolytes; defects, surface and interface phenomenon.

Mohamed El Bouanani, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Universite Claude Bernard Lyon I (France). Oxides for advanced electronic materials; metallization of semiconductors and diffusion barriers; interfacial stability and properties; intercorrelations in electronic nanostructures; advanced ion beam surface and ultra-thin film characterization; ion beam modification; irradiation effects.

Rajiv Mishra, Professor; Ph.D., University of Sheffield (UK). Friction stir welding and processing; processing and properties of ultrafine-grained materials (including nanocrystalline); high-temperature mechanical behavior of materials (particularly creep and superplasticity); materials selection for alternative energy systems; hydrokinetic energy.

Sundeep Mukherjee, Associate Professor; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology. Development and processing of multifunctional metallic alloys; multi-scale surface engineering of metallic glasses.

Richard F. Reidy, Professor; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Low-dielectric constant films; supercritical processing of semiconductors; nanoparticle delivery systems; sol-gel synthesis and characterization of novel ceramics; multilayer body armor systems.

Thomas Scharf, Professor; Ph.D., University of Alabama. Physical and chemical vapor deposition of ceramic and metallic thin films; micro- and nano-tribology of solid lubricants; microelectromechanical systems materials and tribology; atomic layer deposition of nanocomposites and nanolaminates.

Nigel Shepherd, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Florida. Physical electronics; electroluminescent materials and devices; photovoltaics; interface phenomena in multilayered heterostructures; carrier transport in electronic and optical materials; thin-film and nanoparticle processing by physical and chemical vapor deposition; infrared materials; UV-VIS and IR spectroscopy

Srinivasan G. Srivilliputhur, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington. Parallel computing and computational materials science; defect physics; irradiation effects in materials; modeling of phase transformations and structure property-relations in bulk and nanophase materials.

Andrey Voevodin, Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., Tula Technical University (Russia). Plasma assisted PVD processes, surface modification, functional materials for electronic and optoelectronic devices; laser assisted processing and additive manufacturing; wear, erosion and corrosion protective coatings; tribological, thermal and mechanical interfaces.

Jim Williams, University Distinguished Research Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington. Structure/property relations of non-ferrous metals, especially Ti and Ni alloys with focus on the role of processing on structure evolution and resulting properties including strength, fracture and fatigue resistance for high-performance applications; interest in 3-D printing of these alloys and the effects of this novel process on performance of components manufactured by this process.

Zhenhai Xia, Professor; Ph.D., Northwestern Polytechnic University. Ceramic, metal and polymer matrix micro-/nanocomposites, multifunctional materials; catalytic materials for clean energy (e.g. fuel cells); bio-inspired and bio-mimetic materials, characterization and biomechanics of biological materials; multiscale/multi-physics modeling and simulation.

Marcus Young, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Northwestern University. Structural alloys, porous metallic materials and metal composites; material processing and characterization, synchrotron X-ray diffraction and imaging; characterization of art materials.