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Degree Requirements M.S.

For complete details on the academic requirements in the MatSE Department and concentration areas for the master's of science and doctoral programs, please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook.

M.S. Degree

Requirements Thesis Option Non-Thesis Option
Credit Hours Hours Hours
Total Credit for the Degree 32 36
Thesis Research - MSE 599 8 n/a
Course Work 24 36
MSE 492 (1 hour); credit does not apply toward the degree 0 0
MSE 595 0-2 0-2
Advisor group meetings (MSE 590) and area seminars (MSE 529, MSE 559) (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below) 0-4 0-4
Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap):    
A minimum of 10 hours of MSE course work.    
A minimum of 14 500-level credit hours overall applied toward the degree (excluding 599).    
MSE 595 (0 or 1 hour) must be taken every semester in the first two years of residence. A maximum of 2 hours may be applied toward the degree.    
MSE 529 or MSE 559 (0 or 1 hour) must be taken every semester. A maximum of 4 hours may be applied toward the degree.    
The minimum program GPA is 3.0.    
The completed master's thesis must be approved by the advisor and the department head.
Thesis Deposit Guidelines
   
Generally, students on a research assistantship will not be allowed in the non-thesis option.    
Completion of MatSE Exit Form    

The MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering typically requires 1.5-2 years to complete.

 

MatSE Graduate Programs Office

Graduate Programs Office
201 MSEB
1304 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

matse-grad@illinois.edu

Ashley Phillips Smith
Graduate Program Coordinator
201 MSEB
1304 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
P: (217) 300-6668

aphilli5@illinois.edu