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Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 
Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog]

Materials Science and Engineering M.S.

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For the M.S. degree, students must complete at least 24 credits of course work and 6 credits of research work leading to an M.S. thesis.

The program must include 18 credits from the five core graduate courses: Advanced Mechanical Properties (4 credits), Advanced Thermodynamics (4 credits),  Advanced Electronic Properties (3 credits), Advanced Structure of Materials (4 credits), and Advanced Kinetics of Materials Reactions (3 credits). The program must also include two 3-credit elective, graduate-level (6000-level) courses in the School of Engineering or the School of Science, and 6 M.S. thesis research credits. 

Before graduating, the student is required  to complete a written thesis as well as an oral presentation to the scientific community conveying important aspects of the thesis. Examples of such a presentation include an oral talk at a workshop or conference or a seminar at RPI.

Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum
Students who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of fundamentals underlying the relationship between the structure, property, and performance of materials. 
  • ability to formulate, analyze, and investigate the research problem. 
  • effective oral communication skills.

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