Graduate

Program Objectives

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering prepares students for research careers and teaches more in-depth materials and nuclear engineering knowledge through its graduate degrees. Students will develop a strong foundation in materials science and engineering or nuclear engineering.  Students who pursue a master’s or Ph.D. conduct state-of-the-art research under the supervision of top research faculty. They learn to design and conduct scientific and engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the results.

The department offers thesis and non-thesis options for master’s students. The MS degree in Materials Science & Engineering consists of about 10 courses, which total 30 credit hours. Graduate courses in the MSE graduate program include general materials science and engineering courses as well as specialized courses on biomaterials, ceramics, composites, electronic materials, and polymers. The degree plan requires the completion of five courses in specified topic areas and five elective topics. 

The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires completion of core coursework, oral defense of a written research proposal, independent research, and a doctoral dissertation. Students seeking the Ph.D. degree are prepared for research activities through exposure to research topics and approaches in required graduate courses and through formal laboratory instruction by research advisors and senior researchers. Professional development is formalized through required coursework addressing career related topics , through teaching assistantships, participation in professional societies, and attendance at local and national research meetings.

To be eligible for admission to our graduate program, the applicant must hold a BS in an appropriate major. Because of the breadth of MSE graduate programs, students with degrees in materials, ceramics, metallurgy, other engineering, mathematics, or science areas such as biology, chemistry, or physics have found ample opportunities to pursue their research and training areas of interest.

Master’s Degree (thesis)

  • Required Credit Hours: 30
  • Required: 12 hours of EMA5000-6000 level courses with a minimum grad of C or better and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Maximum – One 3000 level or above undergraduate course (outside the Department)
  • Maximum – 6 credit hours of EMA 6971 – Master’s Research
  • Maximum – 8 credit hours of EMA 6905 – Individual Work
  • Maximum – 8 credit hours of EMA 6938 – Special Topics
  • Maximum – 6 credit hours of S/U work (includes max. 5 hours of EMA 6910 – Supervised Research)
  • Transfer credits: up to 9 hrs from another institution. Courses must be graduate level, B or better work, applicable to the degree which may be transferred by approval and petition to the graduate school.
  • Time Limitation: all work, including transferred credits, counted toward the master’s degree must be completed during the seven years immediately preceding the date on which the degree is awarded
  • Supervisory Committee – consultation with your Supervisory Committee as necessary is strongly encouraged
    • Must have 3 members in MSE dept. by the end of the 2nd semester or after 12 credit hours; to form the committee, turn in signed form to ASO
    • To change a committee, provide written confirmation to the ASO from all faculty being added and/or removed
  • Thesis defense: write and defend a written thesis acceptable to the Supervisory Committee and the Graduate School
  • Graduation: go through a graduation check with the ASO no later than the term before you expect to graduate.
    1. Apply for your degree by filling out a degree application online. Click on the degree application on the left side panel. This must be done before the deadline posted by UF for each term. See the UF registrar website.
    2. Comply with Graduate School rules, thesis/dissertation and final examination deadlines
    3. Refer to the ETD website for submission information and current deadline dates
    4. Register for a minimum 3 credits EMA 6971, MS Research, in final term for fall/spring graduation (2 credits EMA 6971 for summer)
    5. Complete the departmental employment questionnaire and exit interview and return it to the ASO

Master’s Degree (Non-Thesis)

  • Required Credit Hours: 30
  • Required: 18 hours of EMA5000-6000 level courses with a minimum grad of C or better and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Maximum – One 3000 level or above undergraduate course (outside the Department)
  • Maximum – 6 credit hours of EMA 6905 – Individual Work
  • Maximum – 6 credit hours of S/U work (includes max. 5 hours of EMA 6910 – Supervised Research)
  • Overall grade point average for all course work must be 3.0 or better.
  • Courses cannot have been used for a previous degree.
  • Transfer credits: by petition to the graduate school, up to 9 credits from another institution. Courses must be graduate level courses, B or better, applicable to the degree which may be transferred to the MS program with approval by the graduate coordinator and by petition to the graduate school
  • Time Limitation: all work, including transferred credits, counted toward the master’s degree must be completed during the seven years immediately preceding the date on which the degree is awarded
  • Supervisory Committee: must have one member in MSE Dept. by the end of the 2nd semester or after 12 credit hours; if you are not working with an individual faculty member one of the graduate coordinators will supervise your MS Non–Thesis degree
  • MSE Non–Thesis Paper: One (1) month prior to graduation, your adviser must email ASO that your paper is acceptable for partial fulfillment of the Masters Non-Thesis degree. Guidelines for the paper may be found by clicking the following link: Non thesis paper guidelines

Master’s Degree (Distance/EDGE)

EDGE is a program provided for the graduate student who cannot participate in on-campus classes. The requirements are the same as for any other graduate degree, but courses are offered via streaming video and download to your machine for offline viewing. For more information on EDGE, visit their website.

Students interested in completing their Master of Science (Non-Thesis) degree via distance learning must be admitted into the graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering. To apply see our website.

Ph.D.

  • Required Credit Hours: 90 beyond the bachelor’s degree
  • Required: 18 hours EMA5000–6000 level courses with a minimum grade of C or better and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Maximum: 6 credits hours of coursework outside the Department; of these 3 credit hours may be an undergraduate course with a course number 3000–4999
  • Maximum 8 credits EMA 6905 — Individual Work
  • Maximum 5 credit hours EMA 6910 — Supervised Research
  • Qualifying Exam
  • Proposal Defense
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • PhD Dissertation Defense 

Courses

To learn more about the course offerings for master’s and Ph.D. students in Materials Science and Engineering, please see the course descriptions HERE

Graduate Handbook

For more information about the program, please read the MSE Graduate Handbook and review the UF Graduate Catalog

Additional Graduate Degree options

  • M.D./Ph.D.
  • The M.D./Ph.D. program trains physician-scientists for a career in academic medicine and engineering. Students attend medical school for the first two years and initiate their graduate research in materials science during the third year. Completion of the dissertation typically spans three to four years. Afterwards, students return to the medical school for two years to complete their clinical training. For additional information, please visit: http://mdphd.med.ufl.edu/
  • J.D./M.S.

If you have any further questions please contact, Academic Services Office at advising@mse.ufl.edu