Materials Science and Engineering, MSMSE

Parent Entity: 
Engineering and Computer Science, College of » Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Program Type: 
Degree Type: 
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Program Description:

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers graduate programs leading to a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) in materials science and engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering with a focus in materials and nanotechnology. The graduate programs are broad in scope, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the field of materials science and engineering. The program is built around processing, structure, properties, and performance of advanced materials relevant to numerous areas of application, such as biomedical, energy, aerospace, environmental and manufacturing.

Admissions Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the M.S.E. in materials science and engineering program, students must first satisfy basic admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. This includes having a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 with an average of 3.0 or better for the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 79(IBT)/ 213(CBT)/ 550(PBT). In addition, the program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs.

to submit general GRE test scores. Program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized test scores where applicable.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to think critically, creatively and have the ability to identify and solve problems in materials science and engineering (critical thinking and problem solving)
  • Be able to pursue scholarship or creative endeavors, and conduct some degree of independent research (knowledge and scholarship)
  • Be able to demonstrate attributes of professional development consistent with expectations within this discipline (professional development)
  • Be able to effectively communicate scientific and engineering ideas and developments (communication)
  • Demonstrate a mathematical competency above that of an undergraduate engineering student (math knowledge)


The department hosts a variety of sophisticated materials processing and research equipment. This includes a scanning transmission electron microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy capabilities, associated specimen preparation equipment, a state-of-the-art micro-Raman spectroscopy instrument, a high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy instrument (XPS) and a unique controlled atmosphere high temperature deformation testing facility. The department also has standard laboratory equipment for fabrication and testing of materials such as mechanical testing machines, an x-ray diffractometer, furnaces, micro-hardness testers and optical microscopes.

Research at Wright State University is not limited to the laboratory facilities on campus. Several industrial companies, laboratories, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are involved in joint research efforts, making available their unique facilities for faculty and graduate research.

Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories, and computer systems interconnected by local and wide area communication networks. Computational facilities include numerous PC clusters, workstations, X-windowing terminals, and personal computers.

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