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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Graduate

Materials Science and Engineering Requirements

Generally, the Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering program takes two years to complete and the Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering program takes four years to complete. All programs must satisfy both MME and Graduate School minimum requirements.

M.S. Thesis Option

Minimum total credits: 30

In order to satisfy MME requirements, the program must contain:

  1. A minimum of 21 cr hrs of the following graded coursework:
    • 3 cr hrs of any 500-level math or stat course
    • 12 cr hrs of 500-level MSE or ME courses (at least 9 of these must be MSE courses)
    • 6 cr hrs of additional courses approved by the student’s advisor (300-, 400-, or 500-level only) (a maximum of 6 cr hrs can be at the 300- or 400-level)
  2. A minimum of 1 cr hr of seminar (ME 598 or MATSE 593)
  3. A minimum of 4 cr hrs of MSE 700

M.S. Non-Thesis Option

Minimum total credits: 31

In order to satisfy MME requirements, the program must contain:

  1. A minimum of 27 cr hrs of the following graded coursework:
    • 3 cr hrs of any 500-level math or stat course
    • 12 cr hrs of 500-level MSE or ME courses (at least 9 of these must be MSE courses)
    • 3 cr hrs of additional 500-level courses approved by the student’s advisor
    • 9 cr hrs of additional courses approved by the student’s advisor (300-, 400-, or 500-level only) (a maximum of 9 cr hrs can be at the 300- or 400-level)
  2. A minimum of 4 cr hrs of MSE 701

Ph.D.

Minimum total credits: 72

In order to satisfy MME requirements, the program must contain:

  1. A minimum of 21 cr hrs of the following graded coursework (at least 11 cr hrs must be taken at WSU):
    • 3 cr hrs of MATSE/MSE 505
    • 9 cr hrs of an interdisciplinary nature from an approved list of classes offered in Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and Physics
    • 9 cr hrs of additional courses approved by the student’s advisor
  2. A minimum of 3 cr hrs of seminar (MATSE 593 or ME 598)
  3. A minimum of 20 cr hrs of MATSE/MSE 800 (in most cases, additional research credits will be necessary to reach a total of 72 credit hours)

All programs must satisfy both MME and Graduate School minimum requirements, including the minimum total credit hours of 72.