Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Engineering in Materials Engineering

At the University of Dayton, you will join an internationally recognized materials engineering program that ranks first in Ohio and second nationally in sponsored materials research (as ranked by the National Science Foundation). We are one of a few universities in the nation involved in the modeling, control and automation of composite processing.

When you combine this level of excellence with a flexible program of study, it's easy to see why full- and part-time students from around the world join us in our pursuit of world-leading scholarship and development.

Career Outlook and Highlights 

University Catalog with Course Descriptions for Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Engineering (D.E.) in Materials Engineering

Master of Science (M.S.) in Materials Engineering
A minimum of 30 semester hours:

  • Thesis option: 24 semester hours of course work (8 classes) and 6 semester hours of research credit
  • Non-thesis option: 30 semester hours of course work (10 classes). (Suggested for International Students.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Materials Engineering
A minimum of 60 semester hours:

  • 30 hours of course work beyond the M.S. and 30 hours of research leading to a dissertation.

Doctor of Engineering (D.E.) in Materials Engineering
A minimum of 60 semester hours:

  •  39 semester hours beyond the M.S. and 21 hours of research leading to a dissertation.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Aerospace-alloys
  • Composite-materials
  • Composite processing
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • Nano materials
  • Structural-ceramics

Program Details

In the master and doctorate programs, you'll learn from materials experts, including engineers and scientists from the University, UDRI, WPAFB and local industries. These professionals often serve as guest speakers and present their latest research.

Graduate students routinely receive financial support for conducting materials research alongside engineers at UDRI and the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials Directorate at WPAFB. Many of these professionals serve as research advisers and materials engineering faculty members. Our research facilities and the on-campus Center for Materials Diagnostics are among the best in the world. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the online application, you should submit the following:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

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Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Kettering Laboratories 524 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0256