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Materials Science & Engineering PhD, MMSE, 4+1


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The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Materials Science and Engineering (MMSE) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). The Master’s degree can be obtained by either thesis or non-thesis options.

The goal of Materials Science is to provide improved materials for society. Current new materials technologies demand materials scientists and engineers who can relate the processing, structure, and properties of a broad range of materials. The Master’s program offers a foundation in the science of materials and their uses. The Ph.D program offers a development of the student’s ability to conduct original and creative research. The areas of study within the program include:

  1. Materials chemistry – design and synthesis of novel materials by combining chemical architectures that have specific properties, e.g., electrical conductivity, rigidity, flexibility, solubility, etc.
  2. Polymers – interrelations among processing, microstructure and behavior of polymeric solids and thin films.
  3. Electronic materials – electrical, magnetic, optical and thermal behavior of materials, including semiconductors, photovoltaics, superconductors, electro luminescent polymers, and devices.
  4. Composite materials – manufacturing, microstructure, and properties of composite materials, hybrid organic/inorganic materials.
  5. Biomolecular materials – synthesis and characterization of novel chemical architectures that incorporate peptide and nucleotide sequences; bio-inspired materials, protein polymers.
  6. Nanoscale materials – synthesis, characterization and self-assembly of materials at nanometer length scales to create new, emergent properties.

Current UD undergraduate students the BMSE in Materials Science, BS in Biology, BCHE Chemical Engineering, BS in Chemistry, BCE Civil Engineering, BCpE Computer Engineering, BEE Electrical Engineering, BENV Environmental Engineering, BME Mechanical Engineering, or BS in Physics programs can be considered for admission to the 4+1 MMSE program. A dual degree in the MBA & MMSE programs is available to graduate students.

UD Tuition:

The 2020-2021 UD published graduate student tuition rate per credit hour:

Materials Science and Engineering–MMSE: $1,898.00

Materials Science and Engineering–MMSE/MBA (COE): $1,898.00

Materials Science and Engineering–MMSE/MBA (LCBE): $950.00

Materials Science and Engineering–PHD: $1,898.00

Materials Science and Engineering–MMSE/MBA (LCBE)
  DE Resident: $850.00;   US Student: $950.00;   International: $950.00

*The first 30 credits are charged at the College of Engineering rate and the remaining credits will be charged at the Lerner College MBA rate.

Application Deadline:

January-07 Priority consideration for funding
March-01: Final deadline to apply

November-01 Final deadline to apply

We encourage all applicants to apply in the Fall term. Space in the class becomes more limited for Spring applicants, resulting in a more competitive application term.

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