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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

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Master of Science in Material Science Engineering (M.S.M.S.E.)
CIP Code: 14.1801
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Engineering Department (ENG)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB 118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Venkat Bhethanabotla
Phone: 813-974-2116


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List

Program Information

The field of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) applies the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry to engineering materials, with a focus on the interrelationship between material structure, their properties, and the means by which they are processed. MSE impacts multiple facets of our economy, such as aerospace, electronics, transportation, communication, construction, recreation, entertainment, environment and energy. It is, by its very nature, an interdisciplinary field. The goal of the M.S. In Materials Science and Engineering program is to provide a route for well-qualified undergraduate students who desire in-depth graduate-level work including structured courses and research experience, in preparation for work in industry or for entrance into a relevant science or engineering Ph.D. program.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, Civil, Materials Science, Ceramic, Metallurgy, Manufacturing, Polymer and other related engineering disciplines) or Natural Sciences (Physics, Chemistry or Biology) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • GRE with preferred minimum scores of V 50%, Q 50% and AW 50%.
  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) for international students.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Program Hours30 credit hours






EMA 6510 Characterization of Materials (2)
ECH 6931 Graduate Seminar or PHY 6938 Graduate Seminar (2)


Elective Requirements

19 credit hours minimum

Note: Comprehensive Exam is not required.


Thesis Option (6 credit hours)
The thesis option requires the completion of 24 credit hours of graduate level courses (5 credit hours core and 19 hours of electives) and 6 credit hours of thesis. At least 16 credit hours must be at 6000 level with a maximum of 2 hours of Independent Study.

      XXX 6971 Thesis

Non-Thesis Option (6 credit hours)
The non-thesis option requires 30 credit hours, with 5 credit hours core and 25 credit hours of electives. At least 26 hours must be at the 6000 level with a maximum of 2 hours of Independent Study. For Non?thesis Option six additional credit hours of elective courses is required in lieu of thesis hours.





College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EML6931, ECH6931, PHY6935, ENG6935, EML6930, ECH6930, PHY6938, PHY6938, ECH6930, EGN6930, PHZ5405, EEL6318, EEL6353, EEL6354, CHE6355, EEL6355, PHY6446, PHY6447, PHY6447, EEL6386, EEL6389, EEL6935, PHZ5156C, ECH6749, PHZ6426, CGN6933, CGN6933, EML6930, PHZ6136, EEL6937, ECH6935, EEL693,