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Materials Science - Electronic/Photonic

Materials Science - Electronic/Photonic

Program Description

The Ph.D. program in Materials Science (Electronic and Photonic Materials) is typically 36 months in length (beyond the M.S. degree) with a total of 36 to 60 credit hours plus dissertation. The program is under the supervision of the Department of Engineering Physics with specializations available in various quatum aspects of electronic and optical materials or in the chemistry of materials.

A program of study is largely determined by the areas and depth of knowledge required by the student in order to adequately carry out the research in his or her chosen specialization. Program content and length are embodied in the student's "approved program" and reflect departmental guidelines, as well as the school's doctoral degree requirements. 

Admissions Requirements

Degree Required: A Master’s degree in a Physical Science or Engineering

GPA Required: 3.5 (MS); 3.00 (BS)

Test Required: GRE - 156V/151Q (within the last five years)

USAF Education Codes: 4FYY, Materials Science and Engineering, General, and 4FBY, Electronic and Optical Materials

Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

Civilian M.S. STEM graduates are encouraged to consult with the program chair about work-study opportunities.

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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Outcomes

  • This program is designed to produce graduates broadly educated at the highest level who are capable of actively identifying, conducting, directing, and evaluating materials research at the frontiers of knowledge.

  • The successful student should be able to perform duties as a research scientist/engineer and scientific manager in order to develop the basic science and technology base required for new Air Force weapons systems.

Program Chair

Maj Nicholas C. Herr

Degree Information

Degree Type: Doctoral


Delivery Method: In-Residence


Degree Requirements

  • Major coursework (24 hours)
  • Mathematics (8 hours)
  • Specialty Examination
  • Dissertation research (48 hours)
  • Admission to candidacy: One year before graduation
  • In-residence study: Three successive quarters
  • Present dissertation at a public defense

Graduate School Catalog
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