​MS in Materials Science & Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science offers a Master of Science Degree in Materials Science & Engineering with either a Thesis Option or Course Option.

Thesis Option

  • The quantitative requirement for the degree is 30-credit hours. A minimum of 24 of these units must be coursework, and a minimum of 6 units must be Masters Research, MEMS 599.
  • Full-time MS students in any area are required to take MEMS 501 Seminar every semester, which is a zero-unit, pass-fail course.
  • The overall grade-point average must be 2.70 or better.
  • Courses are to be Engineering courses at 500-level or above, or Chemistry or Physics courses at 400-level or above, and coursework must include 3 units (one course) of mathematics at the graduate level. The following restrictions apply:
    • A maximum of 3 units of Independent Study, MEMS 400/500, are allowed.
    • A maximum of 6 units of 400-level courses are allowed.
    • Each course must be approved by the candidate’s thesis advisor.
    • A maximum of 6 units of transfer credit is allowed for courses taken at other graduate institutions, and these must have been taken with grade B or better.
    • A minimum of 15 units of the total 30 units must be in MEMS courses.
  • The student must also write a satisfactory thesis and successfully defend it in an oral examination before a faculty committee consisting of at least three members, at least two of which are from the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.

Course Option

  • The quantitative requirement for the degree is 30-credit hours (normally 10 courses) completed with a grade-point average of 2.70 or better.
  • Full-time MS students in any area are required to take MEMS 501 Seminar every semester, which is a zero-unit, pass-fail course.
  • Coursework must include 18 units (six courses) from the list as well as 3 units (one course) of mathematics at the graduate level. It is recommended that the student take at least one course from each of the following areas:
    1. Structure
    2. Characterization
    3. Properties
    4. Synthesis and Processing
The remaining courses (electives) may be chosen according to the general criteria above, as long as they contribute to a coherent program of study in materials science.
  • For BSMS, up to six units can count for both the BS and the MS, as long as the program of studies satisfies the criteria above.
  • Degree candidates will plan their course programs with the help of a departmental advisor.


Contact Us

Director of MS Studies
David Peters
(314) 935-4337
Urbauer Hall, Room 314G
dap@wustl.edu