The goal of the Graduate Materials Science (GMS) program is to provide a student who has a background in engineering or physical science with the knowledge of materials science and engineering necessary for work in the fields of structural and non-structural materials for aerospace systems. Such positions may range from those requiring very detailed and advanced level work in a specific discipline to those involving broad responsibilities and requiring interaction among many disciplines.
The program provides core preparation in thermodynamics and kinetics of materials; mechanical, electronic, and optical properties of materials; material characterization; material selection and processing; and mathematics. Each student is also required to take an in-depth study and perform research either in structural materials (metallic, composite, polymer, ceramics, etc.) or non-structural materials (electronics, optical, magnetic, dielectric, coating, etc.). Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental knowledge to the design, development, test, and evaluation of materials for Air Force systems.
This program is normally six quarters in length. Five quarters are devoted to coursework, and one quarter is devoted to thesis research. Please see the Department Blue Book for further details.
Bachelor's Degree Required: Degree in any engineering discipline or the physical sciences.
Undergraduate Mathematics Course Required: Ordinary Differential Equations
Test Required: GRE - 153V/148Q (within the last five years)
GPA Required: Overall - 3.0; Mathematics - 3.0; Major - 3.0
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.
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
The specific goals of the Materials Science program are to produce graduates with:
Program Outcomes (POs)
Degree Type: Master's
Delivery Method: In-Residence