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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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 requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Bachelors 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 3.00
  • 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

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Major Requirements

Core Requirements: 5 credit hours

EMA 6510 Characterization of Materials (3)
ECH 6931 Graduate Seminar or PHY 6938 Graduate Seminar(2)

Electives: 19 credit hours minimum

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.
ECH 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.


Accelerated Degree Program

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

Description
Students pursuing a B.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering will earn an M.S.M.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering in an accelerated manner by sharing two (2) ECH-prefixed graduate courses (6 credit hours) taken as upper-level departmental electives as part of the undergraduate Chemical Engineering major.

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.

This accelerated program shares six (6) credit hours between already existing degrees:
B.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering
M.S.M.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering

Target Students and Expected Outcomes
Academically high achieving undergraduate students in the B.S.C.H. major with high overall and major GPA will be targeted for the accelerated program. Expected outcomes are the increase in M.S.M.S.E. degrees granted, increase in graduate SCH, and enhancement of the quality of the graduate major by addition of academically accomplished students. In addition, some of these M.S.M.S.E. students will continue on to Ph.D. majors in Engineering and Physical Science and enhance the doctoral majors as well.

Admission Requirements
For admission to the program, a student must:

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

Timeline and Benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S.C.H. Chemical Engineering/M.S.M.S.E. Materials Science and Engineering major, students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Chemical Engineering undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.33 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the major.
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.S.C.H. and M.S.M.S.E. majors will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of USF’s Office of Graduate Studies, the College of Engineering’s Graduate Major, and the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.S.M.S.E. Materials Science and Engineering.
  5. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all shared graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a shared graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate major. Failure to maintain good standing as a graduate student will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. A comprehensive plan of study to complete the Accelerated B.S.C.H. Chemical Engineering/ M.S.M.S.E. Materials Science and Engineering major will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member.

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

For the remaining Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the B.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering (107 credit hours) please see Undergraduate Catalog.


College Degree Requirements

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

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

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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,