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Materials Science and Engineering

Master's and Doctoral Programs

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 exiting 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.