Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers programs leading to the M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees.


The Ph.D. degree requires completion of 72 credit hours. Students must complete a minimum of 29 coursework credits including three 4-credit MSE core graduate courses, namely, Advanced Thermodynamics, Advanced Structure and Bonding, and Advanced Kinetics; at least 9 additional 6000-level MTLE credits, and the remainder from 6000-level courses offered by the School of Engineering and/or the School of Science. The course selections must be approved by the student’s academic adviser and graduate curriculum coordinator prior to the enrollment in the courses.
Both the M.S. and M. Eng. degrees require completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours. The M.S. degree requires a written thesis as well as an oral presentation to the scientific community. A 3-credit capstone independent study project is required for the M. Eng. degree.
No job openings are currently posted. Please visit for more employment opportunities at Rensselaer.