Earn a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering

Join us in our mission to advance the field of materials science and engineering. We are excited to see what you will bring to our community and how you will use your education to make a difference in the world. Apply today for a PhD in materials science and engineering at Missouri S&T and start your journey towards a brighter, more innovative future.

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Degree Information

At Missouri S&T, we understand the value of hands-on learning in materials science and 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 materials science and 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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Research in Materials Science and Engineering

Your Career in Materials Science and Engineering

As a graduate of materials science and engineering, you'll be at the forefront of technological advancement, making a significant impact in fields such as renewable energy, aerospace, healthcare, and sustainable infrastructure. Imagine designing advanced materials for batteries, space exploration, healthcare applications, and renewable energy systems. The possibilities are endless, and you'll have a range of exciting career opportunities to pursue in these fields.

Career Fields

  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Nuclear Waste Management
  • Sustainable Processing of Critical Minerals
  • Healthcare Biomaterials
  • Renewable Energy

Common Hiring Companies

  • Raytheon
  • Honeywell
  • DuPont
  • General Electric
  • Dow Chemical

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Information for Future Students