Degree Programs

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Guidance for Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:

It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of deadline dates set by the Graduate School.

  • Apply for your degree by completing a degree application on One.UF. This must be done before the deadline posted by UF each term (see UF Registrar’s Office website).
  • Submit a transmittal letter to the academic services office at least three days before the first submission deadline.
  • Submit the oral examination announcement form to the academic services office at least two weeks before your defense date.
  • On your defense date, the entire supervisory committee must attend and examine; two internal MSE members may be substituted if necessary. The chair and external member may not be substituted.
  • Refer to the ETD website for submission information and current deadline dates:
  • Register for at least three credits of EMA/ENU 7980 in the final term for fall/spring graduation (two credits of EMA/ENU 7980 for summer). If on appointment or fellowship, students must register according to their funding requirements in their final term.
  • Comply with Graduate School rules, thesis/dissertation and final examination deadlines:

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Computer Requirements

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Guidance for the Internship Process

Undergraduate Students:

Make sure that you submit a Request for Internship with an attached letter of offer prior to the drop/add deadline. We will not issue retroactive internship grades.

You will be given the appropriate section number to register for.

Once you are nearing the completion of your internship, make sure that you submit a Student Work Report and that your supervisor submits an Employer’s Student Evaluation Form. Both forms are needed in order for grades to be submitted.

Graduate Students:

The Department recognizes that internships can be an important part of the education of many graduate students and strongly supports these valuable educational experiences.

All MSE graduate students who are interested in pursuing an internship should notify ASO as soon as it becomes a serious possibility and MUST submit the Request for Internship Form to by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Internship – July 16th
  • Spring Internship – December 1st
  • Summer Internship – April 16th

It’s important for students who hold appointments at UF to be cognizant of their appointments’ start and end dates while making internship plans. Graduate students are appointed to assistantships on a semester-by-semester basis (August 16 – December 31; January 1 to May 15; May 16 to August 15) and only for entire semesters. Students cannot be on an assistantship for only part of a semester. In addition, students are not permitted to be on appointment and be on internship at the same time. This is why ASO must be notified, and the request for internship form must be submitted by the posted deadlines.

The start and end dates of internships SHOULD NOT interfere with your appointment’s start and end dates. We strongly advise that when negotiating your internship’s timeframe, you request that your internship dates strictly align with the start and end dates of your appointment. Failure to submit the request for internship form by the required deadlines will make it extremely difficult for the request to be processed in a timely manner, which can cause interruptions in pay and health insurance. More critically, internship requests that aren’t approved before the start of the semester in which the student will go on internship may result in losing assistantship funds for that semester. Please discuss the beginning and ending dates of any potential internship with ASO as soon as possible to prevent difficulties with the processing of assistantships, health insurance and visas.

For complete details regarding internship requirements for graduate students, please refer to the Graduate Handbooks:

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Minor in Materials:

Minor in Materials Science and Engineering – the department follows the guidelines of the Graduate School.


Minor: With the supervisory committee’s approval, the student may choose one or more minor fields. Minor work may be completed in any academic unit outside the major if approved for master’s or doctoral programs listed in this catalog. The collective grade for courses included in a minor must be B (3.00 truncated) or higher.

If one minor is chosen, the supervisory committee member representing the minor suggests 12 to 24 credits of courses numbered 5000 or higher as preparation for a qualifying examination. Part of this credit may have been earned in the master’s program. If two minors are chosen, each must include at least 8 credits. Competence in the minor is demonstrated by written examination by the minor academic unit or by the oral qualifying examination.

Minor coursework at the doctoral level may include courses in more than one academic unit if the objective of the minor is clearly stated and the combination of courses is approved by the Graduate School (this approval is not required for a minor in one academic unit).


Minor: Minor work must be in an academic unit other than the major. If a student earns more than one course from an academic unit contributing to the major of another, the student is not eligible to earn a minor from the contributing academic unit. If a minor is chosen, at least 6 credits of work are required in the minor field. Two 6-credit minors may be taken with the major academic unit’s permission. A 3.00 (truncated) GPA is required for minor credit.


Students may apply to add an undergraduate minor in Materials Science and Engineering or in Nuclear Engineering.

The requirements for the MSE minor can be found here.

The requirements for the NE minor can be found here.

Prior to completing the Undergraduate Application to Add or Cancel a Minor form, students must first meet with an advisor in the Materials Science & Engineering department to discuss minor requirements and the application process. Please email the Advising Office for more information and to schedule an appointment.

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Department Academic Coordinators

Jack Mecholsky, Ph.D.
MSE Undergraduate Coordinator
(352) 846-3779
Simon Phillpot, Ph.D.
MSE Graduate Coordinator
(352) 846-3343
DuWayne Schubring, Ph.D.
NE Undergraduate Coordinator
(352) 292-7870
Yong Yang, Ph.D.
NE Graduate Coordinator
(352) 846-3791

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