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Graduate Study in Materials Science and Engineering

MS and PhD degrees

Our program, established in 2002, offers both the MS and PhD degree in materials science and engineering. While the program is relatively young, the participating departments and faculty on campus have an extensive legacy of research and of offering relevant materials science and engineering academic training. Our graduation record supports this training excellence; Our graduates have a mean time to degree of under four years for the PhD and two years for the MS. Entering our program with an MS degree allows completion of the PhD in less than three years.

Combined BS/MS degree

Students interested in completing both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years have the opportunity of doing so. We offer two such programs: one in chemistry and materials science and the other in physics and materials science. How does the combined program work? Students finish the coursework for the bachelor's degree in a little over three years. In the fourth year, students combine bachelor's- and master's-level courses. In the fifth year, students are admitted to the Graduate School and focus solely on graduate work. Students in these programs typically complete a capstone project instead of a master's thesis. For information on these programs, visit the handbook for chemistry undergraduates for background on the BS in chemistry, visit the Department of Physics for background on the BS in physics and see below under degree requirements.

Interdisciplinary study

Because the study of materials is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in nature, our programs span two different schools/colleges at Binghamton: Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. All graduate degrees at Binghamton University are administered by the Graduate School. Both our MS degree in materials science and engineering and our PhD degree in materials science and engineering are interdisciplinary and have two tracks;

All students are afforded the opportunity to build an academic program that encompasses both the scientific and engineering perspectives.

Following completion of the MS or PhD, our graduates are able to establish careers in either academic or applied settings.

Degree requirements

The requirements of the materials science and engineering MS and PhD programs allow for a great deal of flexibility. Students are able to select courses of interest and to work on research with faculty in the affiliated departments.

The five-year combined BS/MS programs noted above offer a BS in either chemistry or physics and an MS in materials science and engineering. These are expedited degree programs in which three courses count toward both degrees, and allow the student to enter the professional job environment at least a year earlier than by taking separate science BS and engineering MS degrees. More details are given in the student handbook (see below for download).

The specifications of the degrees are articulated in the following documents:


Professional Science Management Add-On Certificate 

Add value to your master's degree in materials science and engineering with the Professional Science Master's Certificate. Through interdisciplinary coursework, you will build your professional skills and position yourself for success in the workplace. Learn more.

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Last Updated: 8/14/14