Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 years
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Get the training you need to make advancements in our materials world.
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 Materials Science and Engineering?

The 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.

As part of your graduate studies, you will learn all aspects of modern materials and their characterization, including metals, ceramics, polymers, and electronic and optical materials.

Marketable Skills
  • Identify materials and research problems
  • Materials research data collection
  • Material property data analysis/interpretation
  • Material design and processing
  • Technical report writing and communication

Materials Science and Engineering Master's Highlights

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 has 21 faculty members and 85 graduate students, plus well-equipped laboratories with outstanding technical support.
Our research efforts span size scales from the microscopic to aircraft wings and from atomically precise manufacturing to assembly of hip implants.
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.

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

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

Materials Science and Engineering Master's Courses You Could Take

Bonding, Structure and Crystallography (3 hrs)
Interatomic bonding; amorphous and crystalline structures in metals, ceramics and polymers; point and line defects in crystals; structure determination by X-ray diffraction; basic symmetry operations, point and space groups in crystal systems.
Mechanical Properties of Materials (3 hrs)
Stress, strain and the basics of concepts in deformation and fracture for metals, polymers and ceramics. Analysis of important mechanical properties such as plastic flow, creep, fatigue, fracture toughness, and rupture. Application of these principles to the design of improved materials and engineering structures.
Transport Phenomena and Materials Processing (3 hrs)
Principles of transport phenomena (momentum, heat, and mass transport) in materials processes. Emphasis on applications of appropriate differential equations and boundary conditions to solve materials processing problems.
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.
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.

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