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  • 1 February 2017
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    The Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Materials Science and Engineering offers comprehensive graduate education in the fundamentals of materials science (synthesis-structure-property-performance relationships). Faculty have interests in many research areas including biomaterials, ceramics, composites and hybrids, computational materials science, electronic and photonic materials, materials chemistry and physics, metals, nanostructured and nanoscale materials, piezoelectrics and ferroelectrics, polymers and soft materials. Students may choose to study across the major themes of materials today including materials in energy applications, nanotechnology, materials in medicine, materials in communications, materials for sensor applications, structural materials, etc., by using a combination of MATSE courses and a myriad of materials-related courses offered in the science and engineering departments at Penn State.

    The graduate program for the M.S. degree must include a total of at least 30 credits. Subject to the approval of the graduate program coordinator, a maximum of 10 credits of high-quality graduate work done at a regionally accredited U.S. institution may be applied toward the requirements for the master's degree. A minimum of 6 research credits (MATSE 600) is required. The minimum number of formal course credits (excluding seminar MATSE 590) required is 18 for all students at the 500-level or higher. The instructional program includes three required graduate core courses in materials including Thermodynamics of Materials (MATSE 501), Kinetics of Materials Processes (MATSE 503) and Principles of Crystal Chemistry (MATSE 512).

    The Office of the Vice President for Research/Office of Research Protections requires that all candidates for advanced degrees complete training in Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI). The SARI requirements include completion of an online Responsible Conduct of Research training program and a 1 credit Professional Development course (MATSE 582).

    All candidates for advanced degrees are also expected to attend MATSE 590 colloquium. A thesis describing independent research performed by the student shall be written and defended at an oral examination. Bound copies will be made available for the University Libraries and the thesis adviser. A thesis committee shall administer the final oral examination of the thesis. The committee shall consist of at least three graduate faculty members.

    M. S. Requirements (Summary)-minimum total credits: 30; minimum research credits: 6; minimum formal graduate-level course credits (500-level or higher): 18; minimum 500-level credits: 12; required graduate core course credits: 9; professional development course credits: 1; minimum credits in the major: 12; seminar: 2 credits per year; minimum GPA: 3.00.

    Courses

    Course Nbr Course Title Typically Offered

    81

    Materials in Today's World

    All Semesters

    81

    Materials in Today's World

    *** view multiple offerings

    Fall Only

    81

    Materials in Today's World

    Fall & Spring

    81

    Materials in Today's World

    *** view multiple offerings

    Spring Only

    91

    Polymers, Life and Society

    Fall & Spring

    101

    Energy and the Environment

    *** view multiple offerings

     

    112

    Applied Materials Chemistry for Engineers

    Spring Only

    201

    Introduction to Materials Science

     

    201

    Introduction to Materials Science

    *** view multiple offerings

    Fall Only

    201

    Introduction to Materials Science

    Spring Only

    201

    Introduction to Materials Science

    Summer & Fall

    201H

    Introduction to Materials Science

    *** view multiple offerings

    Fall Only

    202

    Introduction to Polymer Materials

    Spring Only

    259

    Properties and Processing of Engineering Materials

    All Semesters

    259

    Properties and Processing of Engineering Materials

    Fall Only

    259

    Properties and Processing of Engineering Materials

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    Fall & Spring

    259H

    Properties and Processing of Engineering Materials

    *** view multiple offerings

    Fall & Spring

    297

    Special Topics

    Fall & Spring

    400

    Crystal Chemistry

    *** view multiple offerings

    Fall Only

    401

    Thermodynamics of Materials

    Fall Only

    401H

    Thermodynamics of Materials

    Fall Only

    402

    Materials Process Kinetics

    Fall Only

    402

    Materials Process Kinetics

    Spring Only

    403

    Biomedical Materials

    Fall Only

    404

    Surfaces and the Biological Response to Materials

    Spring Only

    409

    Nuclear Materials

    *** view multiple offerings

    Spring Only

    410

    Phase Relations in Materials Systems

    Spring Only

    411

    Processing of Ceramics

    Fall Only

    411

    Processing of Ceramics

    Spring Only

    412

    Thermal Properties of Materials

    Spring Only

    413

    Solid-State Materials

    *** view multiple offerings

    Spring Only

    415

    Introduction to Glass Science

    Fall Only

    417

    Electrical and Magnetic Properties

     

    417

    Electrical and Magnetic Properties

    Spring Only

    (419)

    Computational Materials Science and Engineering

    ** available as of 18.12.2016

     

    419

    Computational Materials Science and Engineering

    Spring Only

    421

    Corrosion Engineering

    Fall Only

    422

    Thermochemical Processing

    Fall & Spring

    425

    Processing of Metals

    Fall Only

    426

    Aqueous Processing

    Spring Only

    427

    Microstructure Design of Structural Materials

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    430

    Materials Characterization

    *** view multiple offerings

    Fall Only

    430H

    Materials Characterization

    Fall Only

    435

    Optical Properties of Materials

    Spring Only

    436

    Mechanical Properties of Materials

    Fall & Spring

    440

    Nondestructive Evaluation of Flaws

    Spring Only

    441

    Polymeric Materials I

    Fall Only

    443

    Introduction to the Materials Science of Polymers

    Fall & Spring

    444

    Solid State Properties of Polymeric Materials

    Fall Only

    445

    Thermodynamics, Microstructure, and Characterization of Polymers

    Spring Only

    446

    Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Polymers and Composities

    Fall & Spring

    447

    Rheology and Processing of Polymers

    Fall & Spring

    448

    Polymer Processing Technology

    Spring Only

    450

    Synthesis and Processing of Electronic and Photonic Materials

    Fall Only

    455

    Properties and Characterization of Electronic and Photonic Materials

    Spring Only

    460

    Introductory Laboratory in Materials

    Fall Only

    462

    General Properties Laboratory in Materials

    Spring Only

    463

    Characterization and Processing of Electronic and Photonic Materials Laboratory

    Spring Only

    468

    Ceramics Laboratory III

    Fall Only

    471

    Metallurgy Laboratory I

    Fall Only

    472

    Metallurgy Laboratory II

    Fall Only

    473

    Polymeric Materials Laboratory--Synthesis

    Spring Only

    474

    Polymeric Materials Laboratory--Characterization

    Spring Only

    484

    International Internship in Materials: Research Definition and Methodology

     

    485

    International Internship in Materials: Experimentation and Documentation

     

    492

    Materials Engineering Methodology and Design

     

    493

    Materials Science and Engineering Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Project

     

    494M

    Research and Design Senior Project

    Fall & Spring

    494W

    Research and Design Senior Project

    All Semesters

    496

    Independent Studies

    All Semesters

    496H

    Independent Studies

    *** view multiple offerings

    Fall & Spring

    497

    Special Topics

     

    497B

    **SPECIAL TOPICS**

    *** view multiple offerings

    Spring Only

    501

    Thermodynamics of Materials

    Fall Only

    503

    Kinetics of Materials Processes

    Spring Only

    505

    Irreversible and Statistical Thermodynamics of Materials

     

    506

    Interfacial Electrochemical Processes

    Fall Only

    507

    Biomaterials Surface Science

    Fall Only

    508

    Biomedical Materials

    Spring Only

    510

    Surface Characterization of Materials

    Spring Only

    511B

    Transmission Electron Microscopy

    Spring Only

    512

    Principles of Crystal Chemistry

    Spring Only

    514

    Characterization of Materials

    Fall Only

    523

    Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Plants

     

    530

    X-Ray Crystallography and Diffraction

    Fall Only

    531

    Transmission Electron Microscopy

    Spring Only

    535

    Geometrical Crystallography

    Fall Only

    540

    Crystal Anisotropy

    Fall Only

    542

    Polymeric Materials: The Solid State

    Fall Only

    543

    Polymer Chemistry

    Spring Only

    544

    Computational Materials Science of Soft Materials

    Spring Only

    545

    Semiconductor Characterization

    Fall Only

    545

    Semiconductor Characterization

     

    548

    Dielectric and Other Electroceramics

    Spring Only

    552

    Sintering of Ceramics

     

    555

    Polymer Physics I

    Spring Only

    560

    Hydrometallurgical Processing

    Spring Only

    562

    Solid to Solid Phase Transformations

    Spring Only

    563

    Micromechanisms of Fracture

    Fall Only

    564

    Deformation Mechanisms in Materials

    Fall Only

    565

    Metals in Electronics

    Fall Only

    570

    Catalytic Materials

    Fall Only

    575

    Functional Polymeric Materials

    Fall Only

    580

    Computational Thermodynamics

    Spring Only

    581

    Computational Materials Science II: Continuum, Mesocale Simulations

    Fall Only

    582

    Materials Science and Engineering Professional Development

    Spring Only

    590

    Colloquium

    Fall & Spring

    596

    Individual Studies

    All Semesters

    597

    Special Topics

    All Semesters

    597B

    **SPECIAL TOPICS**

    Fall & Spring

    600

    Thesis Research

    All Semesters


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    University requirements


    Program requirements

    1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or
    2. Tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
    3. Applicants will be required to arrange for official transcripts/documents (for institutions outside the U.S. documents may include marksheets, record of courses, degree/study certificate, original diploma, etc) to be sent from all post-secondary institutions attended and official English translation if the language of instruction is not English).
    4. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the internet-based test (iBT). Applicants with iBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, which requires completion of specified remedial English courses ESL 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes) and/or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) and attainment of a grade of B or higher. The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5. Graduate programs may have more stringent requirements.

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    The most common form of graduate support, teaching and research assistantships, include a stipend, tuition remission, and a subsidy for medical insurance. Recipients are assigned to a faculty adviser who supervises the experience. Graduate assistants support undergraduate instruction or undertake research projects. A specified time commitment of 10-30 hours per week is required depending on the unit (a half-time/20 hour per week commitment is typical). Appointments are available only to graduate students who are registered for courses and enrolled in degree programs.

    Fellowships

    Fellowships are highly prestigious financial support packages that typically include a stipend, tuition remission, and a subsidy for medical insurance. They derive from University or outside awards. Unlike assistantships, they do not have a required work commitment; they are duty-free. Recipients must be enrolled in degree programs and be registered full time. Fellowship recipients are not permitted to accept employment without obtaining approval from the unit and/or agency supporting the fellowship.

    Traineeships

    Training grants are derived from agencies outside the University and are intended to support specific student learning experiences in core curricular areas and research methods. Institutional awards, typically under the direction of a faculty principal investigator, afford funding to support selected students with stipends, tuition grants-in-aid, and often include a subsidy for medical insurance.

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