Materials Science Program

Materials Science Program

The M.S. and Ph.D. granting Materials Science Graduate Program addresses several areas of materials science research, including: alloy science, biomaterials, corrosion science, crystal science, dental materials, metallurgy, and polymer science. Students who find that the Materials Science & Engineering or Polymer Program do not meet their need can apply to the Graduate School for the Materials Science Program to work with a member of its Graduate Faculty.


Applying to the Materials Science Program

It is recommended that students seeking a position in the Materials Science Graduate Program find advisor support prior to beginning the application process.

Students must apply to the Materials Science Graduate Program through the University of Connecticut Graduate School

Admission to the Program requires:

  1. Application Form:
    https://grad.uconn.edu/admissions/apply-to-uconn/
    Please indicate Natural Sciences as your Program Area and Materials Science (M.S. or Ph.D.)  as your Field of Study
  2. Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, regardless of whether or not a degree was received.
  3. Recommendation letters: Three recommendation letters are required. May be submitted on line or directly to Program.
  4. GRE (General Test) & TOEFL scores*: Please arrange to have them sent directly from ETS to our university. Our university code is 3915. Department code is not needed.
  5. Personal statement
  6. CV/Resumé
  1. Application Fee$75: you will be asked to provide a valid credit card for payment when you submit your application.

*TOEFL score (for international students):
Minimum requirement – 550 Paper-based; 79 Internet-based; or IELTS 6.5: or 53 for the PTE


Materials Science M.S. and Ph.D. Degree Requirements

M.S. Program:

The Masters of Science degree in Materials Science program normally requires 31 credits.  While it is possible to complete the M.S. degree within a year, most students will need 3–4 semesters.  The core courses of the program cover courses concerning synthesis, characterization, and applications of materials.  The plan of study for the MS degree may be formulated with related work in almost any area, e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Business, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. Students are encouraged to participate in research projects done by members of the Department. There are no additional formal requirements for the specific areas of concentration listed above.

Requirements:  There are no specific required courses. All students must choose a committee for the M.S. degree and that committee must approve all courses.  Typical courses are any of the 5000 series courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Business, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.  The final requirement is passing the Master’s Exam which has two parts. One is a written test concerning basic understanding of course materials. The second requirement is a final oral exam which includes course work, and any research done by the student. For a course work Masters degree there is no thesis requirement. For a research based Masters degree, there is a requirement of a Masters thesis. All students are encouraged to follow the research degree route.

Note: In order to be considered for a possible switch to the Ph.D. program or for financial support, a student with an MS degree in Materials Science or someone showing great promise during the M.S. program needs to apply to the Ph.D. Program.

Ph.D. Program:

The Ph.D. program emphasizes development of the ability to generate novel research results in Materials Science.  Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in any major, with an interest in Materials Science are encouraged to apply.  The course work typically consists of at least 16 graduate level courses that cover a wide range of topics, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Business, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.  After completing the necessary course work and a sequence of examinations, a Ph.D. candidate must complete a dissertation that makes an original contribution to the field of Materials Science.

Requirements:  For students entering the program after a Bachelor’s Degree, typically 16 to 18 courses are required (8-10 academic, 6 thesis).  An individual plan of study is developed by the student and his or her Advisory Committee. Courses in the following Departments are considered: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Business, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.

In general, Ph.D. students must take graduate level courses that are approved by the major advisor of a student, as well as the student’s advisory committee.  There are no additional formal requirements for the specific areas of concentration listed above. The materials science program has no requirement on foreign languages.

The first formal requirement for the Ph.D. degree is passing the General Examination. The general examination consists of a written exam which is an original proposal. If the student passes the written exam, they are then asked to prepare for an oral examination. The oral exam consists of any aspect of course work, the written exam questions, and the proposal, research progress, or combinations of these. The preparation of a dissertation then follows, where the student must present an original contribution to the general area of Material Science.  The final requirement is a defense of the Ph.D. dissertation before the Ph.D. advisory committee, students an anyone else interested in attending. The exam consists of a presentation by the student, questions of the students and audience, and then a closed session of questions from the Advisory Committee.

Note: The Materials Science expects every Ph.D. student to strive to finish his or her study within 5 years. The Department may provide up to 5 years of financial support.

For further questions please contact Osker Dahabsu at osker.dahabsu@uconn.edu.