Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (Interdisciplinary)

The field of materials sciences and engineering is central to the technological, industrial, and economic development of Texas, the United States, Mexico, and other industrialized countries. The UTEP PhD program is a multi-disciplinary program to prepare scientists and engineers to contribute to this vital field, with a range of skills linking structure, properties, synthesis and processing, and performance of materials. Students develop a research focus in a specialized area using one or more of these skills to study some class or classes of materials, including metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors, superconductors, composites, and other materials systems.

Students in the MASE Program take a common core:

MASE 6103Instrument/Modeling Sht. Crse ((2X) or other 2 credit)1
MASE 6195
MASE 6196
Doct. Rsrch Symposium I
and Doct. Rsrch Symposium II (3 credits)
1
MASE 6400Advanced Concepts Mat Sci/Engr4
MASE 6401Mat. Applications and Eng.4
MASE 6402Microchem/Microstruc Char Matl4
Instrumentation/Characterization Course (2 credits)

Admission Requirements 

Admission to the PhD program in materials science and engineering with a BS or MS degree in a related field (Physics, Chemistry, Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, etc.) from an ABET accredited institution in the United States, or proof of equivalent education from an international institution, requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. Program requires minimum English Language proficiency. The current requirements can be found under Admissions in the Graduate catalog. Specific admission requirements for the Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering are described below.

  1. Undergraduate or graduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering or a related field from an ABET accredited institution in the United States, or proof of equivalent education from an international institution.
  2. Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework. The GRE requirement is waived for students from UTEP.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A written statement of intent, describing applicant’s career goals and describing their vision of the path to those goals (including a summary of previous preparation and applicant’s expectations from the graduate program).
  5. Submission of a CV/resume summarizing professional and academic experience and any other evidence of background, knowledge, research, or work experience in Materials Science and Engineering that may be relevant.

Degree Requirements  

All students who enter the program are required to take three core courses (12 credits), instrumentation, modeling or characterization (2 credits) and three hours of research symposia for a total of 17 credit hours. Students who enter with an MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering or a related field (Physics, Chemistry, Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, etc.) can receive up to 30 credit hours towards the Ph.D. MASE Degree requirements.  Students entering with an MS degree in Material Science and Engineering or related field will be required to complete 21 hours of MASE elective or graduate research/independent study courses. Students entering with a BS degree will be required to complete 21 credit hours of elective courses and 30 credit hours of elective or graduate research/independent study courses. The subject area of elective courses in advanced topics are determined by the student and their research advisor in consultation with the student’s Dissertation Committee. Depending on the background and preparation of the student, and/or the nature of the student’s research, the student’s mentor and/or the Dissertation Committee, acting together with the student, may suggest additional courses not chosen from the list of electives. The core and elective courses (discussed below) are traditional lecture or seminar courses. The student will take a minimum of six (6) credit hours of Doctoral Dissertation. A minimum of 74 credit hours are required.

Entering with MS Degree
Core17
Credit from Master’s (up to 30 credits)30
Research or Electives*21
Dissertation6
Total Hours74
Entering with BS Degree
Core17
Electives21
Research or Electives*30
Dissertation6
Total Hours74

* As required/recommended by the Dissertation Committee.

The UTEP MASE program currently does not offer a terminal master’s degree. However, MASE PhD students can choose to complete a master’s degree in an appropriate science or engineering department, or in MSIS, Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Requirements for these MS degrees can be found elsewhere in the catalog.

Students are required to pass an oral Qualifying Examination administered by their Research Committee. This examination consists of defending a written Dissertation Proposal and answering questions of either a broad or specific nature in relationship to the preparation to conduct dissertation research. This examination is usually administered after a minimum of two semesters of work. Students cannot register for dissertation credits until after the Qualifier Examination has been passed. Research undertaken prior to passing the examination can use
appropriate graduate research projects or independent study courses.

Students are required submit to at least one paper as first author along with the research advisor (if applicable) to a peer-reviewed journal. The paper must be submitted before the student can schedule their dissertation proposal, leading to a publication before they defend their dissertation. At the conclusion of the research program, the student will make a public presentation of the dissertation. This will also constitute a Final Oral Examination or Dissertation Defense with questions from both the Research (Dissertation) Committee and the general public.

Degree Plan

Ph.D. in Materials & Science Engineering

Required Credits: 74

PhD in Materials Science & Engineering (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Core Courses:17
Symposium:
Select three semesters from the following:
Doct. Rsrch Symposium I
Doct. Rsrch Symposium II
Select two semesters from the following or MASE 6290:
Instrument/Modeling Sht. Crse
Graduate Research Projects
Required Courses:
Advanced Concepts Mat Sci/Engr
Mat. Applications and Eng.
Microchem/Microstruc Char Matl
Dissertation Work:
Select fifty-one hours from the following:51
Individual Studies
MASE 6193
Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.
Graduate Research Projects
Doct. Rsrch Symposium I
Doct. Rsrch Symposium II
MASE 6197
Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.
Individual Studies
Graduate Research Projects
Adv Processing of Materials
MASE 6321
Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.
MASE 6325
Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.
MASE 6326
Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.
Advanced Failure Analysis
Advanced Materials/Composites
Interfacial Phenomena
Contem Topics-Materials Sci/En
Individual Studies
Graduate Research Projects
Dissertation:
MASE 6398
MASE 6399
Dissertation
and Dissertation
6
Total Hours74