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Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Materials Science & Engineering in the College of Science & Mathematics (CSM) has an overarching goal to prepare creative and confident problem-solvers for careers at the forefront of materials science and manufacturing. Students that successfully complete the program will significantly enhance their marketability and earning potential and thereby impact the economic development of New Jersey and beyond. The required core courses allow students with varied backgrounds and undergraduate degrees to prosper in the program, the curriculum offers a highly flexible inter- and multidisciplinary structure, allowing students to pursue and achieve their research objectives from fundamental theoretical work to applied device development to advanced manufacturing techniques. Research areas within the program include: additive manufacturing, biomaterials, composites, electronics, energy storage, materials for information storage, nanomaterials, and polymers.

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The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Materials Science & Engineering at Rowan University requires completion of 72 hours of graduate level coursework and research credits as well as the successful completion of a novel research project completed under the mentorship of a faculty advisor, from either CSM or the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering (HRCOE) and culminating in a Doctoral Dissertation. The Doctoral Dissertation should demonstrate the student's ability to effectively apply materials science and engineering principles and instrumentation to solve a contemporary materials and/or manufacturing problem.

  • 11 Courses / 72 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 15 S.H.
MSE 00520 Thermodynamics of Materials 3
MSE 00610 Kinetics of Materials 3
----- Structure, Symmetry and Properties of Materials 3
MSE 00530 Experimental Techniques in Materials Science and Engineering 3
----- Approved MATH or STAT course 3
Elective Courses: 15 S.H.
----- Approved graduate level courses from CSM or HRCOE  
Research Credits: 42 S.H.
MSE 01799 PhD Dissertation Research 1-9
MSE 01798 PhD Dissertation Research Continuation 1

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation
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