Your MSE Department Contact:

Ms. Irene Clements
Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: Room 201, LRSM
Phone: 215-898-8337
Email: ipc@lrsm.upenn.edu

 

Master's Degree Requirements

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Overview

The Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) degree in Materials Science requires students to complete ten course units in graduate courses at the 500 level or higher. Students may choose to earn the degree by pursuing a non-thesis or a thesis option.

1. Non-thesis course-based degree: Students take ten courses at the 500 level or higher earning ten credits upon successful completion. All ten courses should carry a letter grade (A, B, C or D).

2. Non-thesis course-based degree with independent study: Students take eight courses at the 500 level or higher earning letter grades and carry out two Independent Study (MSE 599) projects with faculty earning a 'S' (satisfactory) grade.

3. Thesis cum course-based degree: Students take seven courses at the 500 level or higher earning letter grades, carry out research with a faculty member by registering for two research credits (MSE 597) and do one Independent Study (MSE 599) with a faculty. Students must also submit a written thesis to Ms. Irene Clements approved by the thesis advisor and the Graduate Group Chair before graduation.

Please note that students must maintain a GPA of 2.7 or higher to be in good standing and for graduation.  


Students are required to attend weekly
MSE seminars organized by the department as part of their education and exposure to latest scientific advances.

Process for Selecting Advisors

Students interested in pursuing the thesis option and/or Independent Study are encouraged to attend Faculty Research Presentations in the months of September and October. Students can also meet with individual faculty and students from their group and discuss their interests with the Master's Program Advisor.

Masters Scholars Program

A selected number of awards designated "Masters Scholars" will be made to deserving students to promote and enhance their research experience during their course of study at Penn. The awards will enable highly motivated students to pursue a well-designed research project with a faculty member for one or two semesters and obtain valuable training in experimental or computational research. The award carries no financial benefit to the students and the award money will be used solely to defray the costs of using state-of-the-art equipment at Penn, cover the cost of chemicals and computational time on computer clusters, etc. Research proposals submitted by students will be evaluated and awards will be made on a competitive basis at the end of the first year of study.

Program Duration

M.S.E. students must register for at least three course units per semester to maintain full-time status on their student visa. If a student takes less than three courses in any semester, a reduced course load application must be approved. Full time Masters students typically take three to four semesters to complete their degree.

Graduation Audit: At the end of the first year, the Masters Program Advisor will conduct a graduation audit for each student. The courses already completed and the courses needed to fulfill graduation requirement will be reviewed.

Please note that all course selections each semester need written approval from the Masters Program Advisor.

Required Courses

Click for Requirements for the MSE degree in Materials Science from Fall 2015

Students must complete 10 course units, following the requirements below. If a Master’s thesis is done, it will count for 2 course units (MSE 597).  

A. Five MSE courses (500 level or higher) requiring a letter grade are compulsory. Up to seven MSE courses are highly recommended for obtaining a solid background in Materials Science. Three MSE courses are compulsory in the first semester of study. All MSE courses offered are listed under Column 'A'.

B. Students may take one or more SEAS courses relevant to Materials Science listed under column 'B'. One or two Independent Study course units (MSE 599) can be carried out under the supervision of a faculty member affiliated with the MSE department. No Independent Study or courses from other departments will be permitted during the first semester.
C. Students may take up to two free electives (500 level or higher) of their choice. These courses could be from Wharton or SAS/SEAS.

Please note that all course selections need written approval from the Masters Program Advisor. All changes made by students to already approved courses require written approval again from the Masters Program Advisor in order to be counted towards the M.S.E. degree.

Students wishing to take courses not listed in the table below should get written approval from the Masters Program Advisor. All non-elective courses should have technical/scientific content relevant to the student’s M.S.E. degree program.

NOTES:  

  1. A maximum of one CIT course is allowed.
  2. Thesis Option ‐ Students who would like to complete a thesis may take two (2) units of MSE 597(Thesis Research). 
  3. A maximum of two course units of Independent Study (MSE 599) is allowed. 
  4. A maximum of two graduate‐level course units may be transferred from another school to apply toward the M.S.E. degree if approved by the Masters Program Advisor. These two courses should not have been used in the fulfillment of an undergraduate degree.  Sub-matriculants can count up to three 500 or higher level courses for both degrees.
  5. Beginning January 2015, candidates applying for dual Masters degree must complete six MSE courses and two MSE-related courses from Column ‘B’ below. No free electives will be permitted for students pursuing a dual degree.
A (MSE COURSES ONLY) B (SEAS COURSES RELEVANT TO MSE) FREE ELECTIVES

Choose 3 Courses in the first semester and 2 or more in subsequent semesters:

MSE 505 Mechanical Properties

MSE 515 Math for Materials Science

MSE 520 Structure of Materials

MSE 525 Nanoscale Science and Engineering

MSE 530 Thermodynamics of Materials

MSE 536 Electronic Properties of Materials

MSE 537 Nanotribology

MSE 540 Phase Transformations

MSE 550 Elasticity and Micromechanics of materials

MSE 555 Environmental Degradation

MSE 561 Atomistic Modeling in Materials Science

MSE 565 Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Materials

MSE 570 Physics of Solids I

MSE 575 Statistical Mechanics

MSE 580 Polymers and Biomaterials

MSE 650 Micromechanics – Deformation and Fracture

MSE 790 Special topics

Choose up to two courses beginning second semester:

CBE 535 Interfacial Phenomena

CIT 590 Programming Languages and Techniques

EAS 510 Technical Communications and Academic Writing

EAS 545 Engineering Entrepreneurship I

EAS 546 Engineering Entrepreneurship II
(Only one course on Engineering Entrepreneurship will count as a MSE related course and if both parts are taken, one of them will count as a free elective.)

ENM 511 Foundations of Engineering Mathematics

ESE 521    Semiconductor Devices

PHYS 518 Condensed Matter Physics

Choose up to two courses (500 level or higher) from any discipline in SEAS, SAS, and Wharton for M.S.E. degree in Materials Science. These courses can be selected beginning in the second semester.

No free electives are permitted for students pursuing a dual degree at Penn beginning in 2015.  



Click for Requirements for the MSE degree in Materials Science for students entering in Fall 2014

Students must complete 10 course units, following the requirements below. If a Master’s thesis is done, it will count for 2 course units (MSE 597). 
 
A. Five MSE courses (500 level or higher) requiring a letter grade are recommended. Up to seven MSE courses are strongly recommended for obtaining a solid background in Materials Science.

B. Students may take one or more SEAS courses relevant to Materials Science and/or up to two Independent Study course units (MSE 599).

C. Students are also permitted to choose two free electives (500 level or higher) that could be courses from Wharton, SAS or SEAS.

All courses need approval from the Masters Program Advisor. The SEAS requirement for the M.S.E. degree is GPA > 2.7 to graduate.

Typical course suggestions include:

FIRST YEAR: FALL SEMESTER FIRST YEAR: SPRING SEMESTER SECOND YEAR: FALL SEMESTER

3 Courses, choose from: 

MSE 505 Mechanical Properties

MSE 515 Math for Materials Science

MSE 525 Nanoscale Science and Engineering

MSE 530 Thermodynamics of Materials

MSE 565 Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Materials

MSE 570 Physics of Solids I

MSE 580 Polymers and Biomaterials

 

3 Courses, choose from: 

MSE 520 Structure of Materials

MSE 540 Phase Transformations

MSE 575 Statistical Mechanics

PHYS 518 Condensed Matter Physics

ESE 521 Semiconductor Devices

EAS 510 Technical Communication and Academic Writing

EAS 545 Engineering Entrepreneurship I and II

FNCE 601 Corporate Finance

3 Courses, choose from:

MSE 505 Mechanical Properties

MSE 515 Math for Materials Science

MSE 525 Nanoscale Science and Engineering

MSE 530 Thermodynamics of Materials

MSE 565 Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Materials

MSE 570 Physics of Solids I

EAS 545 Engineering Entrepreneurship

NOTES:  

1. Thesis Option ‐ Students who would like to complete a thesis may take two (2) units of MSE 597(Thesis Research).  

2. A maximum of two course units of Independent Study (MSE 599) is allowed.  

3. A maximum of two graduate‐level course units may be transferred from another school to apply toward the M.S.E. degree if approved by the Masters Program Advisor. These two courses should not have been used in the fulfillment of an undergraduate degree. Sub-matriculants can count up to three 500 or higher level courses for both degrees.


 

Calendar and Important Events

  • For the University's 3-year Academic Calendar, see http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/3yearcal.html.
  • Important dates for Graduate Students can be found on the SEAS Graduate Student Calendar.
  • Students are required to attend MSE seminars as part of their education and exposure to latest scientific advances.
  • Typical graduation period is 1.5 years. No summer registration
  • Transfer of 2 CU of graduate courses is possible. (Sub-matriculants can count up to three 500 or higher level courses for both degrees.