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. 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.

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (entering with master's degree)

600- or 700-level course work 112
700-level courses 112
MTSE 790Doc Dissertation & Res36
MTSE 791Graduate Seminar (every semester)0
Total Credits60
1

Minimum of 9 credits must be in MTSE courses.

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (entering with bachelor's degree)

Required Courses
MTSE 601Fundamentals of Engineering Materials3
MTSE 602Thermodynamics of Materials3
MTSE 619Nano-scale Characterization of Materials3
Select three of the following:9
Mechanical Properties of Materials
Composite Materials
Introduction to Ceramics
Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science
Biomaterials
Bio-Control Systems
Selected Topics
Polymerization-Principles and Practice
Polymer Structures and Properties
Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering I
Semiconductor Devices
Introduction To Mems
Physics of Materials
Remaining Courses
600- or 700-level course work 112
700-level courses 112
MTSE 790Doc Dissertation & Res36
MTSE 791Graduate Seminar (every semester)0
Total Credits78
1

Minimum of 24 credits must be in MTSE courses.

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

MTSE 681Composite Materials3
MTSE 682Introduction to Ceramics3
MTSE 687Glass Science and Engineering3
MTSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science3
MTSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids3
MTSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films3
MTSE 723Defects in Solids3
MTSE 724Transport of Electrons and Phonons in Solids3
MTSE 725Crystallography and Diffraction3
PHYS 661Solid-State Physics3
PHYS 682Introduction To Mems3
PHYS 687Physics of Materials3
PHYS 789Physics of Advanced Semiconductor Device Processing3
PHYS 661Solid-State Physics3
CHE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering3
CHE 702Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II (Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II)3
ECE 623Fourier Optics3
ECE 625Fiber and Integrated Optics3
ECE 626Optoelectronics3
ECE 657Semiconductor Devices3
ECE 658VLSI Design I3
ECE 659Fabrication Principles of Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices3
ECE 739Laser Systems3
ECE 760Solid-State Image Sensors3

Particulate and Nano Materials

MTSE 681Composite Materials3
MTSE 682Introduction to Ceramics3
MTSE 687Glass Science and Engineering3
MTSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science3
MTSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids3
MTSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films3
MTSE 725Crystallography and Diffraction3
BME 672Biomaterials3
CHE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice3
CHE 682Polymer Structures and Properties3
BME 669Engineering Physiology3
BME 672Biomaterials3
CHE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering3
PHYS 661Solid-State Physics3
PHYS 682Introduction To Mems3
PHYS 687Physics of Materials3
ME 675Mechanics of Fiber Composites3
ME 676Applied Plasticity3
ME 678Engineering Design of Plastic Products3

Polymers and Biomaterials

MTSE 681Composite Materials3
MTSE 682Introduction to Ceramics3
MTSE 687Glass Science and Engineering3
MTSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science3
MTSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids3
MTSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films3
MTSE 725Crystallography and Diffraction3
BME 672Biomaterials3
BME 667Bio-Control Systems3
BME 698Selected Topics3
CHE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice3
CHE 682Polymer Structures and Properties3
BME 669Engineering Physiology3
CHE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering3
CHE 702Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II3
CHEM 661Instrumental Analysis Laboratory3
CHEM 673Biochemistry3
MATH 661Applied Statistics3
ME 670Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering3
ME 671Biomechanics of Human Structure and Motion3
ME 675Mechanics of Fiber Composites3
ME 676Applied Plasticity3
ME 678Engineering Design of Plastic Products3
ME 679Polymer Processing Techniques3
ME 680Polymer Processing Equipment3

Courses in metallic biomaterials and polymeric biomaterials offered at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences may be taken as electives. See the graduate advisor for information on how to register for them.

Other Fields of Materials Science and Engineering

MTSE 681Composite Materials3
MTSE 682Introduction to Ceramics3
MTSE 687Glass Science and Engineering3
MTSE 688Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Materials Science3
MTSE 719Physical Principles of Characterization of Solids3
MTSE 722Science and Technology of Thin Films3
MTSE 723Defects in Solids3
MTSE 724Transport of Electrons and Phonons in Solids3
MTSE 725Crystallography and Diffraction3
PHYS 661Solid-State Physics3
BME 672Biomaterials3
BME 667Bio-Control Systems3
BME 698Selected Topics3
CHE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice3
CHE 682Polymer Structures and Properties3
CHE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering3
CHE 702Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II (Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering II )3
CHEM 661Instrumental Analysis Laboratory3
CHEM 673Biochemistry3
MATH 661Applied Statistics3
ME 670Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering3
ME 671Biomechanics of Human Structure and Motion3
ME 675Mechanics of Fiber Composites3
ME 676Applied Plasticity3
ME 678Engineering Design of Plastic Products3
ME 679Polymer Processing Techniques3
ME 680Polymer Processing Equipment3
PHYS 682Introduction To Mems3
PHYS 687Physics of Materials3

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:

MTSE 601Fundamentals of Engineering Materials3
MTSE 602Thermodynamics of Materials3
MTSE 619Nano-scale Characterization of Materials3
Select one of the following:
Science and Technology of Thin Films
Polymerization-Principles and Practice
Biomaterials

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.