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Administered By: Committee for the Interdisciplinary Program in Materials Science and Engineering
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Academic Director N M. Ravindra
 
Degrees Offered: Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering; Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering

This intercollegiate (CSLA and NCE), interdepartmental, and interdisciplinary degree program is intended for individuals with a strong background in science and/or engineering.

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Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering 7
 
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Admissions Requirement
Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent is normally required for admission. An undergraduate major in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related engineering discipline is preferred. GRE quantitative scores of 700 or higher are highly desirable. Students from countries where English is not the native language should demonstrate TOEFL scores higher than 550 (pencil and paper) and 213 (computer-based).

Bridge Program

Students who lack appropriate undergraduate preparation for the program may be admitted and required to make up deficiencies by taking a program of courses which is designed in consultation with the graduate advisor. These courses are taken in addition to the degree requirements and may include undergraduate courses.

Degree Requirements
Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 credits, including 18 credits of required materials science courses and 12 credits in an area of specialization, which are selected in consultation with the program director or graduate advisor.

Seminar
In addition to the minimum 30 degree credits required, all students who receive program or research-based awards must enroll each semester in MtSE 791 Graduate Seminar.

Required:

mtse601,mtse602,mtse719
  MtSE 601Fundamentals of Engineering Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 602Thermodynamics of Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids (3 credits)
9 credits from the following: mtse610,mtse648,mtse655,mtse681,mtse682,mtse688,bme672,{che681|chem681},{che682|chem682},che602,che664,ece657,phys682,phys687
  MtSE 610Mechanical Properties of Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 648NanoMaterials (3 credits)
  MtSE 655Diffusion and Solid State Kinetics (3 credits)
  MtSE 681Composite Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 682Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)
  MtSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science (3 credits)
  BME 672Biomaterials (3 credits)
 ChE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice (3 credits) or
 CHEM681 
 ChE 682Polymer Structures and Properties (3 credits) or
 CHEM682 
  ChE 602Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering I (3 credits)
  ChE 664Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
  ECE 657Semiconductor Devices (3 credits)
  PHYS682 
  Phys 687Physics of Materials (3 credits )
PROJECT OR THESIS:
Required of all students receiving program or research-based awards, optional for all others. mtse700,mtse701
  MtSE 700Master's Project (3 credits)
  MtSE 701Master's Thesis (6 credits)
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:

The range of possible specialization is broad. Students should consult the graduate advisor in designing the area of specialization and related degree requirements. Three areas and suggested courses are listed below.

Electronic and Photonic Materials

mtse681,mtse682,mtse687,mtse688,mtse719,mtse722,mtse723,mtse724,mtse725,phys661,phys682,phys687,phys762,phys763,phys771,phys781,phys789,che664,che702,chem611,chem626,ece623,ece625,ece626,ece657,ece658,ece659,ece739,ece760
  MtSE 681Composite Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 682Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)
  MtSE 687Glass Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  MtSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science (3 credits)
  MtSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films (3 credits)
  MtSE 723Defects in Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 724Transport of Electrons and Phonons in Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 725Crystallography and Diffraction (3 credits)
  PHYS661 
  PHYS682 
  Phys 687Physics of Materials (3 credits )
  PHYS762 
  PHYS763 
  PHYS771 
  PHYS781 
  Phys 789Physics of Advanced Semiconductor Device Processing (3 credits)
  ChE 664Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
  ChE 702Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II (3 credits)
  Chem 611Solid-State Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
  Chem 626Chemistry of Contemporary Materials (3 credits)
  ECE 623Fourier Optics (3 credits)
  ECE 625Fiber and Integrated Optics (3 credits)
  ECE 626Optoelectronics (3 credits)
  ECE 657Semiconductor Devices (3 credits)
  ECE 658VLSI Design I (3 credits)
  ECE 659Fabrication Principles of Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices (3 credits)
  ECE 739Laser Systems (3 credits)
  ECE 760Solid-State Image Sensors (3 credits)
Polymer and Biomaterials mtse681,mtse682,mtse687,mtse688,mtse719,mtse722,mtse655,bme669,bme672,bme667,bme698,{che681|chem681},{che682|chem682},che627,che664,che702,chem640,chem643,chem645,chem661,chem673,math661,me670,me671,me675,me676,me678,me679,me680
  MtSE 681Composite Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 682Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)
  MtSE 687Glass Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  MtSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science (3 credits)
  MtSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films (3 credits)
  MtSE 655Diffusion and Solid State Kinetics (3 credits)
  BME 669Engineering Physiology (3 credits)
  BME 672Biomaterials (3 credits)
  BME 667Bio-Control Systems (3 credits)
  BME 698Selected Topics (3 credits)
 ChE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice (3 credits) or
 CHEM681 
 ChE 682Polymer Structures and Properties (3 credits) or
 CHEM682 
  ChE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
  ChE 664Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
  ChE 702Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II (3 credits)
  Chem 640Polymer Chemistry (3 credits)
  Chem 643Polymer Laboratory I (3 credits)
  Chem 645Polymer Laboratory II (3 credits)
  Chem 661 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (3 credits)
  Chem 673Biochemistry (3 credits)
  Math 661Applied Statistics (3 credits)
  ME 670Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering (3 credits)
  ME 671Biomechanics of Human Structure and Motion (3 credits)
  ME 675Mechanics of Fiber Composites (3 credits)
  ME 676Applied Plasticity (3 credits)
  ME 678Engineering Design of Plastic Products (3 credits)
  ME 679Polymer Processing Techniques (3 credits)
  ME 680Polymer Processing Equipment (3 credits)

Courses in metallic biomaaterials and polymeric biomaterials offered at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey may be taken as electives. See the program director/graduate advisor for information on how to register for them.

Particulate and Nano Materials

mtse681,mtse682,mtse687,mtse688,mtse719,mtse722,mtse655,bme669,bme672,{che681|chem681},{che682|chem682},che627,phys661,phys682,phys687,me675,me676,me678
  MtSE 681Composite Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 682Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)
  MtSE 687Glass Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  MtSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science (3 credits)
  MtSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films (3 credits)
  MtSE 655Diffusion and Solid State Kinetics (3 credits)
  BME 669Engineering Physiology (3 credits)
  BME 672Biomaterials (3 credits)
 ChE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice (3 credits) or
 CHEM681 
 ChE 682Polymer Structures and Properties (3 credits) or
 CHEM682 
  ChE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
  PHYS661 
  PHYS682 
  Phys 687Physics of Materials (3 credits )
  ME 675Mechanics of Fiber Composites (3 credits)
  ME 676Applied Plasticity (3 credits)
  ME 678Engineering Design of Plastic Products (3 credits)
Other Fields of Materials Science and Engineering mtse655,mtse681,mtse682,mtse687,mtse688,mtse719,mtse722,mtse723,mtse724,mtse725,phys661,{che681|chem681},{che682|chem682},bme672,bme667,bme698,che627,che664,che702,chem640,chem643,chem645,chem661,chem673,math661,me670,me671,me675,me676,me678,me679,me680,phys682,phys687
  MtSE 655Diffusion and Solid State Kinetics (3 credits)
  MtSE 681Composite Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 682Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)
  MtSE 687Glass Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  MtSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science (3 credits)
  MtSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films (3 credits)
  MtSE 723Defects in Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 724Transport of Electrons and Phonons in Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 725Crystallography and Diffraction (3 credits)
  PHYS661 
 ChE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice (3 credits) or
 CHEM681 
 ChE 682Polymer Structures and Properties (3 credits) or
 CHEM682 
  BME 672Biomaterials (3 credits)
  BME 667Bio-Control Systems (3 credits)
  BME 698Selected Topics (3 credits)
  ChE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
  ChE 664Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
  ChE 702Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II (3 credits)
  Chem 640Polymer Chemistry (3 credits)
  Chem 643Polymer Laboratory I (3 credits)
  Chem 645Polymer Laboratory II (3 credits)
  Chem 661 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (3 credits)
  Chem 673Biochemistry (3 credits)
  Math 661Applied Statistics (3 credits)
  ME 670Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering (3 credits)
  ME 671Biomechanics of Human Structure and Motion (3 credits)
  ME 675Mechanics of Fiber Composites (3 credits)
  ME 676Applied Plasticity (3 credits)
  ME 678Engineering Design of Plastic Products (3 credits)
  ME 679Polymer Processing Techniques (3 credits)
  ME 680Polymer Processing Equipment (3 credits)
  PHYS682 
  Phys 687Physics of Materials (3 credits )
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering 8
 
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
This is an intercollegiate (CSLA and NCE), interdepartmental, and interdisciplinary degree program for superior students who wish to do advanced research in an area of materials science and engineering. Current areas of research include electronic and photonic materials, nano and particulate materials, polymer and biomaterials, and other areas of materials science and engineering.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants are expected to have an appropriate master's degree in materials science or related field, physics, chemistry, or engineering from an accredited institution. Students entering with a master's degree must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in previous graduate study. Highly qualified students with bachelor's degrees may be accepted directly into the doctoral program. These students must have at least a 3.5 GPA in undergraduate work.

Degree Requirements:
Students with an appropriate master's degree in materials science or related field, physics, chemistry or engineering, are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits beyond the master's degree: 24 credits of course work, 12 of which must be at the 700 level and none at the 500 level, and no less than 9 are materials science and engineering (MTSE) courses. A minimum of 36 credits of doctoral dissertation research is required. Specific course selection, the area of specialization and dissertation topics are approved by the program advisor on an individual basis.

Students entering with bachelor's degrees are required to complete a minimum of 78 credits: 42 credits of course work and 36 credits of doctoral dissertation research. For the course work, the required courses for the M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering are mandatory; no less than 24 credits must be materials science and engineering courses, and no less than 12 credits must be at the 700 level and none at the 500 level. Specific course selection, the area of specialization, and dissertation topics are approved by the program advisor on an individual basis.

Required:

For those entering with a master's degree:

24 credits of course work beyond the master's degree and 36 credits of MtSE 790 Doctoral Dissertation and every semester of MtSE 791 Graduate Seminar.

For those entering with a bachelor's degree:

42 credits of course work and 36 credits of MtSE 790 Doctoral Dissertation and every semester of MtSE 791 Graduate Seminar. Among the course work, the following 18 credits are mandatory.

mtse 601,mtse 602,mtse619
  MTSE 601 
  MTSE 602 
  MtSE 619Nano-scale Characterization of Materials (3 credits )
9 credits from the following: mtse610,mtse648,mtse681,mtse682,mtse688,bme672,bme667,bme698,{che681|chem681},{che682|chem682},chem640,che602,che664,ece657,phys682,phys687
  MtSE 610Mechanical Properties of Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 648NanoMaterials (3 credits)
  MtSE 681Composite Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 682Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)
  MtSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science (3 credits)
  BME 672Biomaterials (3 credits)
  BME 667Bio-Control Systems (3 credits)
  BME 698Selected Topics (3 credits)
 ChE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice (3 credits) or
 CHEM681 
 ChE 682Polymer Structures and Properties (3 credits) or
 CHEM682 
  Chem 640Polymer Chemistry (3 credits)
  ChE 602Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering I (3 credits)
  ChE 664Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
  ECE 657Semiconductor Devices (3 credits)
  PHYS682 
  Phys 687Physics of Materials (3 credits )
Qualifying Examination

The student must pass a written and an oral qualifying examination. The written qualifying exam given every summer is administered to test general academic preparation and competence in the research of materials science and engineering. Within one year after passing the written qualifying exam, the student is required to pass the oral qualifying exam to achieve Ph.D. candidacy, in which the potential Ph.D. candidate presents a preliminary research proposal for approval by the dissertation committee. The student will be allowed two attempts to pass the written or oral qualifying exam.

The 4 topics of written qualifying exam are:

mtse601,mtse602,mtse619
  MtSE 601Fundamentals of Engineering Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 602Thermodynamics of Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 619Nano-scale Characterization of Materials (3 credits )
One of the following: mtse722,mtse648,che664,{che681|chem681},bme672
  MtSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films (3 credits)
  MtSE 648NanoMaterials (3 credits)
  ChE 664Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
 ChE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice (3 credits) or
 CHEM681 
  BME 672Biomaterials (3 credits)

Formation of Dissertation Committee:

Within one year of passing the written qualifying examination, doctoral students must form a five-member dissertation committee that meets the approval of the graduate program director for materials science and engineering. The committee must include the dissertation advisor, three additional faculty members from the program, and at least one member from outside the program or NJIT.

Dissertation and Defense:

An oral presentation and public defense of the doctoral dissertation is required.

Areas of Specializations

The range of possible specializations is broad. Students should consult the graduate advisor in designing the area of specializations and related degree requirements. Three focused areas and suggested courses are listed below.

Electronic and Photonic Materials

mtse681,mtse682,mtse687,mtse688,mtse719,mtse722,mtse723,mtse724,mtse725,phys661,phys682,phys687,phys762,phys763,phys771,phys781,phys789,phys661,che627,che664,che702,chem611,chem626,ece623,ece625,ece626,ece657,ece658,ece659,ece739,ece760
  MtSE 681Composite Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 682Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)
  MtSE 687Glass Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  MtSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science (3 credits)
  MtSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films (3 credits)
  MtSE 723Defects in Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 724Transport of Electrons and Phonons in Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 725Crystallography and Diffraction (3 credits)
  PHYS661 
  PHYS682 
  Phys 687Physics of Materials (3 credits )
  PHYS762 
  PHYS763 
  PHYS771 
  PHYS781 
  Phys 789Physics of Advanced Semiconductor Device Processing (3 credits)
  PHYS661 
  ChE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
  ChE 664Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
  ChE 702Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II (3 credits)
  Chem 611Solid-State Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
  Chem 626Chemistry of Contemporary Materials (3 credits)
  ECE 623Fourier Optics (3 credits)
  ECE 625Fiber and Integrated Optics (3 credits)
  ECE 626Optoelectronics (3 credits)
  ECE 657Semiconductor Devices (3 credits)
  ECE 658VLSI Design I (3 credits)
  ECE 659Fabrication Principles of Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices (3 credits)
  ECE 739Laser Systems (3 credits)
  ECE 760Solid-State Image Sensors (3 credits)
Particulate and Nano Materials

Select 12 credits if completing a master's thesis; 15 credits if completing a master's project; 18 credits if not completing either a master's project or thesis from:

mtse681,mtse682,mtse687,mtse688,mtse719,mtse722,mtse725,mtse648,che664,chem640,bme672,{che681|chem681},{che682|chem682},bme669,bme672,che627,phys661,phys682,phys687,me675,me676,me678
  MtSE 681Composite Materials (3 credits)
  MtSE 682Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)
  MtSE 687Glass Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  MtSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science (3 credits)
  MtSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films (3 credits)
  MtSE 725Crystallography and Diffraction (3 credits)
  MtSE 648NanoMaterials (3 credits)
  ChE 664Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
  Chem 640Polymer Chemistry (3 credits)
  BME 672Biomaterials (3 credits)
 ChE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice (3 credits) or
 CHEM681 
 ChE 682Polymer Structures and Properties (3 credits) or
 CHEM682 
  BME 669Engineering Physiology (3 credits)
  BME 672Biomaterials (3 credits)
  ChE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
  PHYS661 
  PHYS682 
  Phys 687Physics of Materials (3 credits )
  ME 675Mechanics of Fiber Composites (3 credits)
  ME 676Applied Plasticity (3 credits)
  ME 678Engineering Design of Plastic Products (3 credits)
Polymers and Biomaterials

Select 12 credits if completing a master's thesis; 15 credits if completing a master's project; 18 credits if not completing either a master's project or thesis from:

mtse 681,mtse682,mtse687,mtse688,mtse719,mtse722,mtse725,bme672,bme667,bme698,{che681|chem681},{che682|chem682},bme669,che627,che664,che702,chem640,chem643,chem645,chem661,chem673,math661,me670,me671,me675,me676,me678,me679,me680
  MTSE 681 
  MtSE 682Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)
  MtSE 687Glass Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  MtSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science (3 credits)
  MtSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films (3 credits)
  MtSE 725Crystallography and Diffraction (3 credits)
  BME 672Biomaterials (3 credits)
  BME 667Bio-Control Systems (3 credits)
  BME 698Selected Topics (3 credits)
 ChE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice (3 credits) or
 CHEM681 
 ChE 682Polymer Structures and Properties (3 credits) or
 CHEM682 
  BME 669Engineering Physiology (3 credits)
  ChE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
  ChE 664Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
  ChE 702Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II (3 credits)
  Chem 640Polymer Chemistry (3 credits)
  Chem 643Polymer Laboratory I (3 credits)
  Chem 645Polymer Laboratory II (3 credits)
  Chem 661 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (3 credits)
  Chem 673Biochemistry (3 credits)
  Math 661Applied Statistics (3 credits)
  ME 670Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering (3 credits)
  ME 671Biomechanics of Human Structure and Motion (3 credits)
  ME 675Mechanics of Fiber Composites (3 credits)
  ME 676Applied Plasticity (3 credits)
  ME 678Engineering Design of Plastic Products (3 credits)
  ME 679Polymer Processing Techniques (3 credits)
  ME 680Polymer Processing Equipment (3 credits)
Courses in metallic biomaterials and polymeric biomaterials offered at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey may be taken as electives. See the graduate advisor for information on how to register for them.

Other Fields of Materials Science and Engineering

Select 12 credits if completing a master's thesis; 15 credits if completing a master's project; 18 credits if not completing either a master's project or thesis from:

mtse 681,mtse682,mtse687,mtse688,mtse719,mtse722,mtse723,mtse724,mtse725,phys661,bme672,bme667,bme698,{che681|chem681},{che682|chem682},che627,che664,che702,chem640,chem643,chem645,chem661,chem673,math661,me670,me671,me675,me676,me678,me679,me680,phys682,phys687
  MTSE 681 
  MtSE 682Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)
  MtSE 687Glass Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  MtSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science (3 credits)
  MtSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films (3 credits)
  MtSE 723Defects in Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 724Transport of Electrons and Phonons in Solids (3 credits)
  MtSE 725Crystallography and Diffraction (3 credits)
  PHYS661 
  BME 672Biomaterials (3 credits)
  BME 667Bio-Control Systems (3 credits)
  BME 698Selected Topics (3 credits)
 ChE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice (3 credits) or
 CHEM681 
 ChE 682Polymer Structures and Properties (3 credits) or
 CHEM682 
  ChE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
  ChE 664Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
  ChE 702Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II (3 credits)
  Chem 640Polymer Chemistry (3 credits)
  Chem 643Polymer Laboratory I (3 credits)
  Chem 645Polymer Laboratory II (3 credits)
  Chem 661 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (3 credits)
  Chem 673Biochemistry (3 credits)
  Math 661Applied Statistics (3 credits)
  ME 670Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering (3 credits)
  ME 671Biomechanics of Human Structure and Motion (3 credits)
  ME 675Mechanics of Fiber Composites (3 credits)
  ME 676Applied Plasticity (3 credits)
  ME 678Engineering Design of Plastic Products (3 credits)
  ME 679Polymer Processing Techniques (3 credits)
  ME 680Polymer Processing Equipment (3 credits)
  PHYS682 
  Phys 687Physics of Materials (3 credits )
 


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