Earn a PhD in Ceramic Engineering

Our PhD program in ceramic engineering offers a transformative academic journey, empowering you to innovate and create materials that shape our world. From developing materials for space exploration to advancing renewable energy and healthcare, our program provides the platform for you to make a meaningful impact. Join us in shaping the future and solving for tomorrow.

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Degree Information

The instruction in our program is a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application. Our faculty, who are experts in their respective fields, provide students with a solid foundation in the principles of ceramic engineering, while also offering opportunities for hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories. This balance of theory and practice ensures that our students are well-versed in the field's academic aspects and have the practical skills necessary to excel in the industry.

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The minimum number of hours (beyond the bachelor's degree) required for the PhD in ceramic engineering is 72. At least 15 hours of 6000-level courses is recommended, a minimum of 24 hours will be dissertation research, and a minimum of 24 hours must be coursework. Students will also be required to take and pass qualifying and comprehensive exams in accordance with Missouri S&T rules.

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Many potential graduate students have questions about how to apply to the graduate program and what makes them eligible. This document is aimed to answer some of those questions you may have. Email Dr. Kumar at kumarad@mst.edu if you have other questions that are not covered.

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Presently, all graduate students in ceramic engineering, metallurgical engineering, and materials science and engineering are fully funded graduate research assistants (GRAs). GRAs are provided with a monthly stipend, and tuition and fees are paid for by research grants. Interested graduate students should contact faculty who work in areas of interest to the student.

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Your Career in Ceramic Engineering

Our ceramic engineering program equips students with the skills and knowledge needed for diverse careers in research, materials design, manufacturing, and quality control. Graduates are well-prepared to develop innovative materials for extreme environments and other challenging applications. With a wide range of career opportunities available, ceramic engineering graduates can find success as ceramic engineers, materials scientists, and research associates in various industries, national laboratories, and government agencies.

Career Fields

  • Aerospace
  • Biomaterials
  • Electronic Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Solar Energy & Fuel Cells

Common Hiring Companies

  • GE Aerospace
  • Honeywell
  • Kohler
  • Owens-Illinois
  • Watlow

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