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Materials Engineering (M.S., D.E., Ph.D.)

Materials Engineering

Our program is populated by a diverse array of students, including “traditional” full-time graduate students, employees of local industry and WPAFB, non-thesis M.S. students who take and undergraduate students in the Bachelor's Plus Master's Program.

Most of our classes are offered after 5 p.m. to accommodate those working. All of our courses are taught by subject-matter experts, including UD full-time faculty and our impressive team of adjunct professors who bring their real-world experience to the class room. 

We are located in a region with a long tradition of advanced materials research. Our campus is close to world-class research facilities, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), GE Aviation, and the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI). In addition, our department has its own state-of-the-art research facilities specializing in polymer matrix composites, carbon nanocomposites and metals additive manufacturing.  

Program and Research Highlights 

  • No. 1 — Catholic university for sponsored materials engineering R&D
  • No. 1 — In Ohio for sponsored engineering R&D (National Science Foundation)
  • No. 2 — Nationally in sponsored materials research (National Science Foundation)

Research Areas

  • Additive manufacturing of metals and hybrids
  • Aerospace metals and alloys
  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramic matrix/hybrid composites
  • Composite materials processing
  • Composite materials characterization
  • Computational materials
  • Corrosion
  • Nanomaterials and 2D materials
  • Nondestructive evaluation (NDE)
  • Polymers
  • Thin films

Plans of Study

To learn more about the available courses and to view a sample plan of study, please reference our Academic Catalog:

Research Centers

Program Details

In the master and doctorate programs, you'll learn from materials experts, including engineers and scientists from the University, as well as adjunct professors from UDRI, Wright-Patterson AFB and local industries. Some of our graduate students are able to find financial support for conducting materials research alongside engineers at UDRI and the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials Directorate at WPAFB.

Bachelor's Plus Master's Program

The School of Engineering Bachelor's Plus Master's (BPM) Program encourages high-performing UD undergraduate students to continue their studies and complete a Master's Degree at UD. Earn your Master's degree in an accelerated program and enjoy a deeply discounted graduate tuition rate!


Graduate Materials Engineering, Dr. Kristen Krupa, Director

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0256