Materials science and engineering is a dynamic field involving the synthesis, structure, properties and performance of materials. Materials scientists develop new composite materials, by combining metals, ceramics and polymers in specific arrangements on microscopic or nanoscopic scales. There is an increasing demand for graduates in materials science and engineering, with high technology industries leading the need for graduates.
FIU is a prime resource in materials science research, boasting facilities that include the Motorola Nanofabrication Research Center, the Center for the Study of Matter at Extreme Conditions, and the Advanced Materials Research Institute. Every year, graduate faculty and researchers conduct advanced studies in areas such as metals and ceramics, biomaterials, electronic materials, polymeric materials, alloys, nanomaterials, plasma spray, vibration attenuation, and advanced synthesis and processing techniques.
The Master of Science (MS) in Materials Science and Engineering program is geared toward providing students and practicing engineers with advanced studies in several areas of specialization. The degree is available in either a thesis or a non-thesis program.
Major Areas of Specialization
- Metals and Alloys
- Electronic Materials
- Polymers and Biomaterials
Material Science & Engineering Admission Requirements
Prospective students must satisfy all university admission requirements as well as the specific program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
FIU and the College of Engineering and Computing offer a variety of fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships to qualified domestic and international students. The amounts of these awards vary depending on the type of award, but they may provide full tuition and a monthly stipend.
The program is available in both a thesis and a non-thesis option. Thesis students shall complete a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of course work, plus 6 semester credit hours of Master’s Thesis Research, as well as a Graduate Seminar. Non-thesis students shall complete a minimum of 27 semester credit hours of graduate course work, one semester of Graduate Seminar, and a 3 credit graduate project. All students are required to pass a comprehensive final examination.