Earn a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering

With a PhD in metallurgical engineering from Missouri S&T, you will be prepared to make a positive impact on the world by designing and producing materials that are essential to our daily lives. Join us and become a part of a community of like-minded individuals who are committed to excellence and innovation. Your journey toward making a significant contribution to the world starts here at Missouri S&T.

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Degree Information

At Missouri S&T, we understand the value of hands-on learning in metallurgical engineering. Our Ph.D. program combines academic excellence with practical experiences, allowing you to learn from renowned experts while applying your knowledge in real-world scenarios. This approach cultivates a profound understanding of the subject matter and equips you with the skills necessary for a thriving career in the industry.

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The minimum number of hours (beyond the bachelor's degree) required for the Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering is 72. At least 15 hours of 6000-level courses are 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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What Alumni Say About S&T

Charles Ebenezer Abbey,  PhD alumni of metallurgical engineering

Growing up in a different part of the world, I got all the support I needed to adjust and excel in the MSE Department. I always felt welcome especially by the office and supporting staff and was given great opportunities and exposure to grow and learn new things. The renowned faculty had a personalized approach to every student and that helped me immensely. I got hands on experience with the machine shop fabricating various parts of my experimental set up and also saw live molten steel pours. The chance to pursue my PhD in Metallurgical Engineering was the biggest boost to my career and life.

— Charles Abbey, Rio Tinto

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Your Career in Metallurgical Engineering

Imagine yourself as a Metallurgical Engineer, where you could be at the heart of the iron and steelmaking industry. Or perhaps you see yourself in the burgeoning field of 3D printing of metals and alloys. You could be part of a team that's ensuring the safe and efficient operation of nuclear power plants, or working with materials that can withstand the extreme conditions inside a reactor, helping to provide clean, reliable energy for millions of people. These are just a few of the exciting career paths that await you as a graduate of Missouri S&T's metallurgical engineering program.

Career Fields

  • Iron and Steelmaking
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Metal Production
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Processing of Critical Minerals

Common Hiring Companies

  • ArcelorMittal
  • Army Research Lab
  • General Motors
  • Nucor Steel
  • Rio Tinto

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