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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


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
Email: bhethana@usf.edu

Website: http://www.eng.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major 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.M.S.E. major in Materials Science and Engineering 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. major.

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 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 Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • 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.
  • GRE with preferred minimum scores of V 50%, Q 50% and AW 50%.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 credit hours

Core Requirements: 5 credit hours
EMA 6510 Characterization of Materials3
ECH 6931 Graduate Seminar 2

Electives: 19 credit hours minimum
Students will select electives in consultation with the Graduate Director.

Comprehensive Exam
Students in the non?thesis track will complete a comprehensive exam. For students in the thesis track, the thesis and oral defense serve as the comprehensive exam.

Non-Thesis Option: 6 credit hours
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.

Thesis Option: 6 credit hours
At least 16 credit hours must be at 6000 level with a maximum of 2 hours of Independent Study.
ECH 6971 Thesis

Accelerated Majors

Note Due to accreditation guidelines, Accelerated Majors must total 150 combined credit hours after sharing credit hours. Contact the department for information.

Chemical Engineering (BSCH) / Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE)

The B.S.C.H. requires a total of 131 hours and the M.S.M.S.E. requires 30 hours. By sharing six (6) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 155 hours.

Refer to each major for specific admission and curriculum requirements. For consideration in the Accelerated Major, students must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  2. Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Shared Courses (6 credit hours)The following courses will satisfy six (6) credit hours of Chemical Engineering undergraduate elective coursework:
EML 6105
EML 6713

Accelerated Civil Engineering (BSCE) / Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE)

The B.S.C.E. requires a total of 131 hours and the M.S.M.S.E. requires 30 hours. By sharing six (6) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 155 hours.

Refer to each major for specific admission and curriculum requirements. For consideration in the Accelerated Major, students must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  2. Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Shared Courses (6 credit hours):
Students can take two approved ECE-prefixed courses at the 6000-level that meet the upper-level Technical elective requirement.

Accelerated Electrical Engineering (BSEE) / Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE)

The B.S.E.E. requires a total of 128 hours and the M.S.M.S.E. requires 30 hours. By sharing six (6) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 152 hours.

Refer to each major for specific admission and curriculum requirements. For consideration in the Accelerated Major, students must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  2. Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Shared Courses (6 credit hours):Students can take approved EEL-prefixed courses at the 6000-level that meet the upper-level Technical elective requirement.

Accelerated Mechanical Engineering (BSME) / Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE)

The B.S.M.E. requires a total of 128 hours and the M.S.M.S.E. requires 30 hours. By sharing six (6) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 152 hours.

Refer to each major for specific admission and curriculum requirements. For consideration in the Accelerated Major, students must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  2. Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Shared Courses (6 credit hours):
EML 6105Advanced Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics3
EML 6713Advanced Fluid Mechanics3


College Degree Requirements

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

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ 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: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx 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.

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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,