Materials and Energy Science and Engineering (MS)

Master of Science in Materials and Energy Science and Engineering
Unit: Speed School of Engineering
Academic Plan Code: MESEMS, MESEMS_O

Program Information

NOTE:  This program will begin Fall 2021

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

The MS in Materials and Energy Science and Engineering (MESE) will offer advanced level training to provide students with in-depth knowledge of materials and energy science and engineering in areas such as materials science and engineering, materials chemistry and physics, processing, energy conversion and storage devices, and systems-level engineering. Student educational experiences will be enhanced by research opportunities in laboratories conducting basic and translational research on solar energy conversion, energy storage, biofuels and biomass conversion, solar fuels, materials characterization, and advanced energy materials. The MS in MESE will prepare students for career tracks in industry such as semiconductor/opto-electronics; catalysts and energy. This degree track will allow students to pursue entrepreneurialism and join government and corporate labs and provides a strong foundation for those wishing to pursue doctoral studies in their respective disciplines.

Degree Requirements

The program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Additionally, the program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in graduate studies.

The requirements for the Master of Science degree are discussed in more detail in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

Admission Standards

The admission standards for the Master of Science program in Materials and Energy Science and Engineering are as follows:

  1. All admission applications for the program shall include:
    1. A completed graduate application for the Graduate School,
    2. An application fee,
    3. A current resume,
    4. Written interest statement describing what motivated you to apply to the MESE program, including previous experience in the field and how this degree will help you fulfill your career goals.
    5. At least two letters of recommendation, and
    6. Official transcript(s) for all previous post-secondary coursework.  All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English.
  2. The minimum requirement for admission is the Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited program or an equivalent bachelor’s degree in Physics or Chemistry from an accredited university
  3. The successful applicant will typically have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
  4. International students whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency by either TOEFL/IELTS score or demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution.  The successful applicant will typically have a total TOEFL score of 80 or higher or overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

Program Requirements

Remedial work may be specified for those applicants who, in the opinion of the faculty, do not have a sufficient background.

The minimum curricular requirements for the master's program are:

MS in Materials and Energy Science and Engineering
Program Courses
MESE 600 Energy Science and Engineering3
MESE 601 Advanced Materials Science & Eningeering3
Choose 3 of the following Fundamental MESE Courses:9
MESE 610 Materials Characterization: Microscopy & Diffraction
Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
Materials Chemistry and Methods
Solid State Physics
Semiconductor Device Fundamentals
Electroanalytical Chemistry
Choose 2 of the following Energy Processing Courses:6
Chemical Vapor Deposition and Processing
MESE 622 Roll to Roll Processing
Processing for Additive Manufacturing
Fundamentals of Microfabrication and MEMS
Choose 2 of the following Energy Conversion Courses:6
MESE 612 Photovoltaics and Solar Fuels
MESE 614 Biomass and Biofuels
MESE 616 Electrochemical Energy Storage or ME 572 Energy Storage
MESE 618 or ECE 531 Power Electronics
MESE 619 Industrial Catalysis
Choose 1 of the following Systems Engineering Courses:3
MESE 640 Systems Integration & Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy Sector
MESE 642 Techno-economic Analysis and Energy Policy
MESE 644 Smart Manufacturing (Data Analytics & Machine Learning)
MESE 690 Project 1
Minimum Total Hours30