Online Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
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The electronics industry has grown to become a $2 trillion-dollar market, exceeding investments made in other industries such as transportation or steel. The MS in materials science and engineering offers you an opportunity to advance in this fast-growing field and provides an in-depth study of materials science and engineering topics.
Students in the online Materials Science and Engineering program benefit from taking courses at the highly-ranked Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The required coursework covers four subjects: advanced thermodynamics, structure and mechanical properties; kinetics and phase transformations and materials physics. Electives allow students to tailor their program of study to their individual research interests.
We are very proud of the work our students have gone onto accomplish after completing the Materials Science and Engineering program. Graduates have obtained challenging jobs with materials dependent high technology industries, universities, and government research laboratories. Many of them are now in high-level administrative and research positions. The MS programs offers excellent opportunities whether an individual is interested in further research or field work. It is an exciting time for those in the materials discipline.
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- #8 engineering online programs for veterans (2019)
- #9 engineering online graduate programs (2019)
- #38 engineering undergraduate program - 22nd among public institutions
- #44 graduate program - 24th among public institutions
- 60 engineering student organizations and student professional societies give students leadership opportunities and hands-on experience
- Fulton Schools' 22,000+ students represent 135 countries, all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Ira A. Fulton offers a wide range of degree options. Students are engineers from day one–they don’t have to wait until they are juniors to be engineers.
- MSE 523 Structural and Mechanical Properties of Materials (3)
- MSE 524 Advanced Thermodynamics (3)
- MSE 525 Fundamentals of Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Materials and Device Applications (3)
- MSE 561 Phase Transformations, Kinetics, and Diffusion in Solids (3)
- MSE 591 Seminar (1) – to be taken twice
- MSE 599 Thesis (6) or Portfolio
- The Materials Science and Engineering MS program has two options: thesis and nonthesis. All students are admitted to the nonthesis option. The nonthesis option requires a portfolio. Students in the portfolio option will submit, in the last semester of their program, a portfolio containing at least two projects from previous Materials Science and Engineering coursework, along with a paper explaining the projects. Students must successfully complete the portfolio requirements to pass the culminating experience. Students completing a portfolio must also take an extra six credit hours of elective coursework to reach the required 32 credit hours for the program. If students wish to change to the thesis track, a faculty advisor has to be secured, and then a petition can be submitted to change to the thesis track. Students in the thesis track must complete a thesis and pass the thesis defense examination.
According to U.S. News & World Report, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering undergraduate degree programs are ranked in the top 25% percent of programs. Of the 320+ faculty members, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:
- Nobel Laureate
- National Academy of Engineering members
- National Academy of Sciences members
- National Academy of Inventors members
- National Academy of Construction members
- More than 55 young investigator awards received in the last 10 years.
Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.
The decision to admit a student who has earned a bachelor's degree from a program accredited by ABET to a master's degree program in electrical engineering is based on a number of factors. A minimum requirement is an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the student's last two years of undergraduate work. A student whose undergraduate degree is not from an ABET-accredited program must have the equivalent of at least a 3.50 GPA in the last two years of undergraduate study and must score 156 or higher on the quantitative section of the GRE general test.
All applicants must submit:
- Graduate admission application and application fee
- Official transcripts
- Proof of English language proficiency
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.
International students seeking teaching assistantships must demonstrate proficiency in spoken English by scoring at least 26 on the speaking portion of the iBT or 50 on the ASU-administered Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit.
A candidate whose undergraduate degree is not in electrical engineering may need to take appropriate undergraduate courses to establish a baseline of knowledge in the discipline.