master_of_science_in_materials_science_and_engineering-Department of Materials Science and Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Degree Overview

The M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a full-time coursework-based degree that provides an advanced foundational education to professionals interested in careers in MSE. Students in the program will gain a fundamental understanding of materials structure, properties and the processing of materials and their applications in various areas of engineering. Our M.S. degree provides the foundation of all MSE activities while allowing for flexibility in individual interests at the graduate level. Students will normally complete the degree in two full-time (15 week) academic semesters. Students interested in completing the program outside of the standard two full-time semesters should discuss this carefully with the MS program director prior to enrollment.

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

  • 24 units of MSE core courses
  • 24 units of MSE graduate elective courses (27-7**)
  • 24 units of approved MSE-related courses
  • 24 units of approved graduate courses

Courses taken by past students in the MS program


Graduate Seminar

Miscellaneous Rules

I. Grades

  • All students must maintain a B (3.0) average to graduate.
  • Course units with a grade lower than C (2.0) are not acceptable toward the degree requirements.
  • Grades in approved projects may not be used in calculation of the B (3.0) average.
  • Grades in approved projects must be B (3.0) or above to count towards the unit calculation for graduation.

II. Completion Timelines

  • The average grade of the course work shall be at least a B (3.0), and the student may choose any 72 to 96 of the first 120 units attempted to compute the average course grade.

III. Units per semester

  • Only by permission of the department head may a student with 12 units or less of graduate research enroll in more than 51 units. Such students shall not be permitted to register for more than 60 units.
  • Only by permission of the department head may a student with more than 12 units of graduate research enroll in more than 48 units. Such students shall not be permitted to register for more than 51 units.

*Part-time MS enrollment is an option available for students in special circumstances, such as students who would like to pursue an MS degree while maintaining external employment.  Note that immigration regulations do not allow Carnegie Mellon University to issue visa documents for the part-time MS program.