Materials Science and Engineering, PhD

 

Program Summary

Format: On-site


Locations: Potsdam


Credit Hours:

PhD
90


Cost: per credit hour

Our Program

The doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) crosses multiple disciplines to understand the properties, synthesis and processing of advanced materials. This multi‐ disciplinary approach is required given the complex nature of advanced materials. To provide just one example, materials’ optical, electrical, mechanical, magnetic and thermal properties depend in a complex manner on their chemical composition and morphology. Applications of advanced materials to the fields of electronic devices, biotechnology, alternative energy, and the environment are at the forefront of current Materials Science and Engineering research.

Curriculum

The Materials Science & Engineering Program (MS&E) program is designed to provide graduate level students, who have science and engineering backgrounds, a path to a MS&E Ph.D.  The program was approved by the State of New york in April 2010.  Currently at Clarkson, the MS&E program is under the department of Engineering and is overseen by a director, Dr. Marilyn Freeman.

The MS&E program is truly an interdisciplinary curriculum comprising over 50 courses offered in both the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering.  Students choose their coursework to provide them the knowledge and skills tailored to their areas of research interest, as well as, a set of required MS&E core courses, which provides the basic foundation and breadth of the MS&E discipline. Each student must have a dissertation project that is overseen by a Clarkson faculty advisor, who may be affiliated with any of the departments in either school.  Typically faculty advisors are members of the Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics departments.

Degree Requirements

Offered in both the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering.  Students choose their coursework to provide them the knowledge and skills tailored to their areas of research interest, as well as, a set of required MS&E core courses, which provides the basic foundation and breadth of the MS&E discipline. Each student must have a dissertation project that is overseen by a Clarkson faculty advisor, who may be affiliated with any of the departments in either school.  Typically faculty advisors are members of the Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics departments.

General PhD Requirements at Clarkson University (complete details found in the Clarkson Catalog:

  • 90 Credit hours minimum (beyond the BS), corresponding to a minimum to three academic years of full-time study, a minimum of nine course credits must be obtained at Clarkson.
  • A master’s degree may be acceptable in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours of transfer credit.  Official transcripts must be provided before transfer credit is awarded.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of seminar
  • All work to be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure id completed.
  • All students must complete the candidacy procedure within two years after admission to the PhD program.  A student may have two attempts to pass the candidacy procedure.  If a student fails in the first attempt, he/she has two months to make a second attempt.  A student who does not complete the candidacy procedure within the time allowed will be dropped from the graduate program.
  • A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of five faculty members with at least one member from outside the department of the Thesis Advisor.
  • A student in the PhD program who has not yet completed the candidacy procedure will be called a PhD student.  After the procedure has been completed, the student will be called a PhD candidate.

 

Example Courses & Concentrations

Specific PhD Requirements for Materials Science and Engineering:

The following 2 courses are required:

  • Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
  •  Advanced Materials Characterization

PhD students must also take 4 courses from one of these two focus areas:

  • Nanotechnnology:
  • Colloids and Interfaces
  • Manufacturing Implications of Advanced Materials Processing
  • Bioelectronics and Bionanotechnology
  • Multicomponent Polymer Systems
  • Electronic Devices for IC Simulation
  • Microelectronic Circuit Fabrication
  • Corrosion Engineering
  • Micro/Nano Systems Engineering
  • Principles of Physical Metallurgy
  • Intrermolecular Forces in Modern Nanotechnology
  • Solid State Physics I
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Physics of Semiconductor Devices
  • Scanning Probe Techniques in Soft Condensed Matter Physics

 

Advanced Material and Biomaterials:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Polymer Materials
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Biomaterials
  • Bioelectronics and Bionanotechnology
  • Introduction to Polymer Science
  • Multicomponent Polymer Systems
  • Dielectrics
  • Electronic Devices for IC Simulation
  • Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering Applications
  • Microelectronic Circuit Fabrication
  • Corrosion Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • Advanced Welding Metallurgy
  • Micro/Nano Systems Engineering
  • Principles of Physical Metallurgy
  • Particle Transport, Deposition and Removal
  • Solid State Physics I
  • Physics of Semiconductor Devices
  • Scanning Probe Techniques in Soft Condensed Matter

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study will be granted to qualified applicants from all major fields of Science and Engineering.  Competitive research or teaching assistantships that include a full stipend and tuition waiver are available for PhD students.  Partial funding is also available through partial tuition waivers and graduate applications.

For more information contact us:

Marilyn Freeman
Michael and Janet Jesanis Chair
School of Engineering
103 CAMP
Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY 13699-5700
Phone: 315-268-2316
Email: mfreeman@clarkson.edu

A complete application file consists of the following items (click for more information):

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume and Statement of Purpose
  3. Letters of Recommendation – 3 letters required
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Test Scores – GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)

* GRE maybe waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired: this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

 

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply contact:
Dan Capogna
Graduate School Coordinator
graduate@clarkson.edu
518/631-9910

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