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Materials Engineering

Master of Science in Materials Engineering

Our Master of Science degree is a great way for B.S. engineers or scientists to gain specialization in the ever-growing field of materials science and engineering. Generally most bachelor degrees in engineering and science include only a limited exposure to the processing, properties and microstructure of solid state materials used throughout society.  Yet the bulk of engineers and many scientists will at some point in their career become involved with material selection for new products or manufacturing plants, testing and characterization of products, failure analysis, etc. Thus, our master’s degree allows students to expand and supplement their current skill set in a relatively short period of time whether they choose a thesis or non-thesis option. Our students include those who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or science, as well as those who have been out in industry or the government sector for any period of time and wish to “start-up” again. Most of our classes are offered after 5 p.m. for those working full-time jobs off campus, and some of our courses are offered online. Overall, we have a very flexible program that can accommodate a diverse array of students.

Plan of Study

Click here to go to the University Catalog for overview and courses for the Master of Science in Materials Engineering degree.

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.)

Program Details

In the master’s program, 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.  

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 15
  • Spring Term: Nov. 15
  • Summer Term: March 15

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


Graduate Materials Engineering, Dr. Kristen Krupa, Director

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0256