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The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department offers a Master of Science with a major in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and an undesignated Master of Science with a major in Engineering.

Requirements for Admission

Students should consult the Introduction to the College of Engineering section for information on general admission requirements.

Applicants whose undergraduate degrees are not in Metallurgical or Materials Engineering (i.e., a related engineering or physical sciences field) might need to successfully complete specific undergraduate deficiency work as recommended by the department’s Academic Advisory Committee.

Additionally, applicants must submit evidence of successful completion (or equivalent) of coursework that includes:

MME 3306Rate Processes3
MME 3308Appl Chemical Thermodynamics3
MME 3309Electronic Mat Sci & Tech3
MME 3406Nanofuctnl Physical Metallurgy4

Requirements for the Degree

Students can select one of the following programs:

Thesis Program24 semester hours of coursework plus
6 semester hours of thesis (MME 5398 and MME 5399)
30 total semester hours minimum
Project Program30 semester hours of coursework plus
6 semester hours of project (MME 5396 and MME 5397)
36 total semester hours minimum

Students can apply a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of approved undergraduate courses toward the MS degree with the approval of the Graduate Advisor and the Graduate School.

Thesis work should clearly demonstrate the student’s ability to execute independent, innovative research. The research should be original and make a contribution to the state of the art. Thesis work is the substance of the MS degree. It must be written, in whole or in part, as a technical paper and submitted for publication prior to the awarding of the degree. The student should be the senior (first) author. The required sequence of courses below is designed to apply the principles of thermodynamics, transport, reaction kinetics, crystal defects, and other materials fundamentals in contemporary materials-engineering areas involving and reinforcing issues of structure, properties, processing, and performance.

All students must successfully complete these courses with a 3.0 GPA:

MME 5302Matls Extraction & Synthesis3
MME 5401Microstruc & Microchem Charac4
MME 5403Adv Concepts in Matls Sci Engr4
MME 5304Phase Transformations & Micros3

 Advisory Committees

The Academic Advisory Committee, as well as the Graduate School, will normally approve all academic program proposals and monitor academic progress of all graduate students until a thesis or research program advisor is chosen and a Research Advisory Committee developed. This can be done at any time after the student matriculates into the MS program. The Research Advisory Committee normally consists of the research advisor (who serves as chair) and at least one additional member of the department faculty and one faculty member from another academic department. An additional member of the committee from another academic department is often desirable if a concentration is involved, bringing the committee size to four members. All members of the committee must be members of the Graduate Faculty. Students are required to meet with their Research Committee at least once per year, usually in the spring semester.

Undesignated Degrees

A student holding a Bachelor of Science with a major in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering or a related materials area can work toward a 33-semester-hour undesignated MS in Engineering degree without a thesis, leading to a concentration in an area outside of the major. The coursework includes 18 hours in the major field and at least 12 hours in the particular area of concentration. The work in the major field includes credit for MME 5396 Graduate Projects. Possible areas of concentration are indicated below.

Concentrations

Possible concentrations for an undesignated degree or to complement a research area or to achieve a broader materials background can involve Business Management, Operations Research, Structural Mechanics, Electronic Device Design and Development, Experimental Design, Manufacturing Engineering emphasizing advanced manufacturing and Materials Processes, Waste Materials Management, and the like. Some examples of other engineering courses which might contribute to developing these areas include the following:

Civil Engineering

CE 5305Advanced Structural Analysis3
CE 5312Environmental Processes3
CE 5317Stats Methods for Civil Eng3

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EE 5311Semiconductor Device Physics3
EE 5312Advanced Optoelectronic Device3
 

Mechanical/Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering

IE 5351Linear and Combin Optimiz Meth3
or MECH 5351 Intro to 3D Eng & Additive Mfg
IE 5352Design/Analysis Indust Exprmnt3
IE 5390Special Topics Industrial Engr3
or MECH 5390 Special Topics Mechanical Engr

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering or Materials Engineering Concentration

Students from other Science or Engineering disciplines might wish to develop a concentration in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering or Materials Engineering. In general, a concentration could be developed by considering the core program:

MME 5302Matls Extraction & Synthesis3
MME 5304Phase Transformations & Micros3
MME 5401Microstruc & Microchem Charac4
MME 5403Adv Concepts in Matls Sci Engr4

Other Concentrations

Other concentrations could be developed by other groupings of courses or areas represented by course groupings. The first three core courses shown above from the MS program are also articulated with the PhD program core in materials science and engineering. Students completing the MS degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and pursuing the PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering can waive MASE 5302, MASE 6400, and MASE 6402 , substituting work as recommended by the Graduate Advisor.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30

MS in Metal & Material Basics (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
MME 3306Rate Processes3
MME 3308Appl Chemical Thermodynamics3
MME 3309Electronic Mat Sci & Tech3
MME 3406Nanofuctnl Physical Metallurgy4
MS in Metal & Material Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
MME 5302Matls Extraction & Synthesis3
MME 5304Phase Transformations & Micros3
MME 5401Microstruc & Microchem Charac4
MME 5403Adv Concepts in Matls Sci Engr4
MS in Metal & Material Engineering (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option:
Select one of the options6-12
Other Electives:
Select ten additional hours of Graduate MME courses10
Total Hours43-49

Thesis Option

MME 5398
MME 5399
Thesis
and Thesis
6
Total Hours6

Non-Thesis Option

MME 5396
MME 5397
Graduate Projects
and Graduate Projects
6
Select six hours of Graduate MME courses6
Total Hours12

Graduate MME Courses

MME 5191Individual Studies1
MME 5192Clinical Rotations-Engineers1
MME 5193Graduate Clinical Research1
MME 5194Graduate Research1
MME 5195Graduate Seminar1
MME 5197Medical Device Practicum1
MME 5294Graduate Research2
MME 5302Matls Extraction & Synthesis3
MME 5304Phase Transformations & Micros3
MME 5308Mechanical Behavior of Matrls3
MME 5312BME for Global Health3
MME 5313Advanced Matrls & Composites3
MME 5325Telemedicine & Imaging Informa3
MME 5326BME Dev Design & Regulation3
MME 5331Biomaterials3
MME 5333Biofabrication3
MME 5390Special Topics3
MME 5391Individual Studies3
MME 5394Graduate Research3
MME 5396Graduate Projects3
MME 5397Graduate Projects3
MME 5401Microstruc & Microchem Charac4
MME 5403Adv Concepts in Matls Sci Engr4
MME 5494Graduate Research4
MME 5594Graduate Research5
MME 5694Graduate Research6
MME 6192Clinical Rotations-Engineers1