Materials Science and Engineering
A pace setter, Penn is one of the first universities to establish a center for materials research in the 1960's. By remaining at the forefront of technology innovations, this center, the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM), has grown to be one of the largest in the nation. Still setting the pace, we are opening up new fields in materials science, preparing tomorrow's leaders, and putting our knowledge to practical use in today's high-tech society.
Program Highlights: Access to research and resources of Penn’s renowned interdisciplinary centers: Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter designated as an NSF Materials Science Research and Engineering Center, Nanoscience and Engineering Center , Nanotechnology Institute, the Penn Regional Nanotechnology Facility, and the Institute for Medicine and Engineering.
The master's program in Materials Science and Engineering prepares students to be leaders, innovators, and visionaries in the materials revolution that is being driven by discoveries that cross the boundaries of physics, chemistry, and biology, such as in the growing field of nanobioscience.
Our program, grounded in the latest research findings, provides a rigorous in-depth education in the fundamentals and applications of technologically-relevant materials. A major advantage of our multidisciplinary program is that you can tailor your education to your own professional and career goals, from ceramics, polymers, and metals to nonstructured and soft materials.
A telling measure of our success, our graduates can be found in leadership positions in industries that range from electronics, manufacturing, and communications to transportation and energy, or pursuing doctoral degrees at Penn and other top-ranked research universities.
Materials Science and Engineering MSE Curriculum
You must complete a minimum of ten graduate courses comprised of five required courses in materials science and five approved elective courses selected from the graduate curricula in engineering,
physical sciences or business. You may substitute a master's thesis for three electives.