The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department consists of faculty members working in ceramic engineering, metallurgy, polymer engineering, and related areas of mechanics, chemistry, physics, and electrical engineering. The mix of available courses provide a balance between engineering and science, and research programs range from traditional to contemporary topics. Graduate degrees offered by the Department include the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.), Masters of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Professional Degrees Offered

Master of Engineering

The M.Eng. is a non-thesis degree obtained through course work and a project that focuses on an industrial problem or critical literature review. Students with a baccalaureate degree who desire a professional-oriented master’s degree and advanced undergraduate students who wish to supplement their background with additional course work are encouraged to consider the M.Eng. degree. A total of 30 credit hours are required for this degree; between 3 and 6 of these hours are project work (MSE 5904), the remainder are course credits. Students typically complete this degree in 12 to 18 months.

Master of Science

The M.S. degree requires a thesis. Students with an interest in applied research and development should consider this degree option. Like the M.Eng. degree, the M.S requires the completion of 30 credit hours of work. Between 6 and 10 of these credit hours are on thesis research (MSE 5994). Most students spend two academic years completing the M.S. program of study.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. degree is intended for exceptional students who have a strong interest in scholarship and a desire to do independent research. This degree program is designed to be flexible to meet the broad interests of students and faculty. General requirements for the degree are those of the College of Engineering. A master’s degree is neither a prerequisite nor a requirement. However, many Ph.D. students complete the requirements for a master’s degree while working toward the Ph.D. degree.

Materials Science & Engineering Department
Graduate Program (MC 0286)

  • 142 Randolph Hall
    460 Old Turner Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Phone: 540-231-3178
  • Fax: 540-231-3554