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Prospective Graduate Students

The graduate program in materials science and engineering provides a thorough grounding in the fundamental behavior of ceramics, composites, electronic materials, metals, and polymers. Emphasis is also given to the application of concepts and basic principles in the selection, design, processing, and use of engineering materials. Special topics courses are offered to complement the programs of graduate research. Research is primarily in the areas of nanostructured materials, biomaterials, composite materials, functional materials, materials processing, materials synthesis, electronic materials, and structural materials.

PhD

To excel in the field of materials science and engineering, a PhD provides in-depth knowledge of materials and the opportunity to dedicate quality time to research. A PhD in materials opens doors to faculty positions in academia, as well as advanced positions in industry. Our faculty are involved in a wide variety of research areas.

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Your application to the PhD program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering begins right here.

Program Details

Materials PhD degree requirements can be found in the course catalog. At least 90 quarter credits are required for the PhD degree. An MS degree is not a prerequisite for the PhD degree, but does count as 45 quarter credits toward the 90 quarter credit requirement. Additional courses are encouraged for students entering the department with an MS degree. Students entering the department at the BS level must satisfy the course requirements for the MS degree. Students choose a doctoral thesis topic after consultation with the faculty. Students are required to consider topics early in the program. An oral thesis presentation and defense are scheduled at the completion of the thesis work.

In addition to the graduate seminar, which is required of all graduate students, doctoral program students must pass an oral candidacy examination during their seminar and an original proposal defense.

Fellowships

Applicants to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are considered for Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships upon application to the department. Additionally, qualified U.S. citizens or permanent residents can apply separately to several internal federally funded fellowship programs such as the Department of Education GAANN fellowships.

Requirements to apply for the PhD program in Materials

While the general requirements are 156/700 (GRE, math), 153/500 (GRE, verbal) and 100 (TEOFL), special consideration will be given to applicants with exceptional records of academic excellence and research experiences. Please also look at the program information for materials.

For more information

Please explore our website for more information about our department and our program. If you are interested in visiting the department to meet one-on-one with faculty, students, and staff and to take a tour of our labs, please request a visit. For questions about the graduate program, please contact our graduate advisor.

MS

A materials science and engineering master's degree is a postgraduate degree that enables you to enhance your academic qualifications and skills to advance your career in an in-demand engineering specialization.

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Your application to the MS program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering begins right here. If you're not sure what kind of research interests you, take a moment to peruse the wide variety of faculty research areas.

Program Details

Materials MS degree requirements can be found in the course catalog. A total of 45 quarter credits is required for the MS degree. These include two required core courses, Thermodynamics of Solids (MATE 510) and Solid State Materials (MATE 512). Students choose four courses from a list of nine selected core courses in addition to taking 6 – 9 graduate technical elective courses. Both Thesis and Non-thesis options are offered to MS students. Those pursuing the Thesis option undertake a 9-credit MS thesis on a topic of materials research supervised by a faculty member. In order to qualify for the Thesis option, students must have a minimum 3.4 GPA after the completion of 27 credits. The program is organized so that part-time students may complete the degree requirements in two to four years. Full-time students may complete the program in one and a half to two years. The MS is a terminal program. Students are not permitted to switch between the MS and PhD program. Students wishing to pursue a PhD must apply separately to the PhD program and, if offered admission, may only begin the PhD program after completion of the MS degree.

For more information

Please explore our website for more information about our department and our program. If you are interested in visiting the department to meet one-on-one with faculty, students, and staff and to take a tour of our labs, please request a visit. For questions about the graduate program, please contact our graduate advisor.

Resources

Academics

  • PhD Information

    Information about our nationally-recognized PhD program, including admission instructions, is available here.

  • MS Information

    More information, as well as admissions instructions for the master's program, can be found here.

  • Research Areas

    Read more about our department's research areas.

  • Meet Our Faculty

    Learn more about our faculty.

Student Life

  • Off-Campus Housing

    Click here for a comprehensive guide about off campus housing in the Philadelphia area.

  • Drexel Graduate Student Association

    Drexel's Graduate Students Association (GSA) advocates the interests and addresses concerns of graduate students at Drexel and provides a formal means of communication between graduate students and the University community.

  • Materials Student Organizations

    Meet other students, get involved in department activities, and learn more about professional opportunities.

  • Engineering Graduate Association

    Open to all engineering graduate students, the Engineering Graduate Association (EGA) sponsors social, volunteering, and academic advice events throughout the year. 

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  • Fellowships and Scholarships

    There are a wide variety of fellowships and scholarships open to prospective students. Learn about what fellowships and scholarships are available to you and how to apply.

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  • Contact Us

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