Program type:

Grad Track

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

5-6 years
Credit Hours:

Explore the technological challenges of creating, applying and characterizing new materials for the 21st century so you can make advancements in our materials world.
Our program helps students understand both the science and engineering aspects of materials – how the nano and microscopic structures in materials relate to the macroscopic properties and how to use these relationships to process materials and to determine the properties of a finished product. Biomedical materials, metals, polymers, glasses, electronics: all are being tested and improved every day by materials engineers and scientists solving vital problems and advancing technology. Where will you make your contribution?

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Why Earn a degree in Combined Materials Science and Engineering?

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is committed to training students at the undergraduate and graduate levels in all aspects of modern materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic and optical materials and materials characterization. Our high-tech facility allows student to train on cutting-edge equipment.

As a student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas, your top-notch education will enable you to develop specialized skills through classroom instruction from accomplished faculty, research with modern equipment and facilities, and connections with industry leaders.

The graduate program provides strong collaborative links with other universities and industries in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and research organizations throughout the country and the world. The department addresses the educational and technological challenges of creating, applying and characterizing new materials for manufacturing products in the 21st century.

Marketable Skills
  • Identify materials engineering problems
  • Produce solutions for materials selection/applications
  • Material data collection and interpretation
  • Conduct material conceptual design/development
  • Teamwork
  • Materials research data collection
  • Material property data analysis/interpretation
  • Material design and processing
  • Technical report writing and communication

Combined Materials Science and Engineering Degrees (Master's) Highlights

Having one of the most advanced analytical characterization facilities in the country allows students to receive training on state-of-the-art equipment.
Our professors and researchers have expertise in metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials and computational materials science, and many are internationally and nationally known for their work.
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.
The high quality of our state-of-the-art lab and research facilities are recognized nationwide.
You also can take advantage of the invaluable contacts we have with leading companies and corporate partners.
The department occupies approximately 25,000 square feet in UNT’s Discovery Park, with about 40,000 square feet of unfinished space in which to expand.

What Can You Do With A Degree in Combined Materials Science and Engineering?

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in materials science and engineering can expect a very healthy job market and relatively high starting salaries in a variety of industries. Materials science and engineering graduates are heavily sought after by industries of all types, including automotive, chemical, aerospace, microelectronics, magnetic storage, transportation, sports, defense, forensics, and manufacturing.

A B.S. degree with a major in materials science and engineering also prepares students for continuing their educations with a master’s or a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering or in a related field.

The M.S. program will give you many opportunities to develop highly marketable skills in areas such as:

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

Combined Materials Science and Engineering Degrees (Master's) Courses You Could Take

Bonding and Structure (3 hrs)
Amorphous and crystalline structures in metals, ceramics and polymers, point defects in crystals, structure determination by X-ray diffraction.
Transport Phenomena in Materials (3 hrs)
Principles of transport phenomena (momentum, heat and mass transport) in materials processes including heat, mass and momentum transport. Emphasis on applications of appropriate differential equations and boundary conditions to solve real materials processing problems.
Thermodynamics of Materials (3 hrs)
The zeroth law of thermodynamics, work, energy and the first law of thermodynamics; the second law of thermodynamics, thermodynamic potentials, the third law of thermodynamics, thermodynamic identities and their uses, phase equilibria in one-component systems, behavior and reactions of gases. Solutions, binary and multicomponent systems: phase equilibria, materials separation and purification. Electrochemistry. Thermodynamics of modern materials including liquid crystals.
Tribology of Materials (3 hrs)
Contact mechanisms of surfaces. Friction, wear and lubrication of solids and liquids. Laboratory equipment used in tribological investigations. Theoretical and empirical models of tribology.
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials (3 hrs)
Intensive study of the properties of electronic, optical and magnetic materials. Electrical and thermal conduction, elementary quantum physics, bonding, band theory, semi-conductors, dielectrics, magnetic properties, superconductivity, optical properties.
Discover How and Why Materials “Matter” (3 hrs)
Course serves as the heart of the MSE first year experience. Topics include rationale for materials choices, composition and design of everyday items and how materials science and engineering drives innovation. Basic analysis and experimental design. A team-based hands-on project teaches the student to think critically and creatively by applying a range of analysis techniques borrowed from many engineering and science disciplines.

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