The master of science degree in materials science and engineering offered jointly by the College of Science and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, is designed with a variety of options to satisfy individual and industry needs in the rapidly growing field of materials.
The objectives of the program are threefold:
- With the advent of new classes of materials and instruments, the traditional practice of empiricism in the search for and selection of materials is rapidly becoming obsolete. Therefore, the program offers a serious interdisciplinary learning experience in materials studies, crossing over the traditional boundaries of such classical disciplines as chemistry; physics; and electrical, mechanical, and microelectronic engineering.
- The program provides extensive experimental courses in diverse areas of materials-related studies.
- The program explores avenues for introducing greater harmony between industrial expansion and academic training.
To be considered for admission to the MS in the materials science and engineering program, a candidate must:
- hold a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field from an accredited college or university,
- complete a graduate application,
- submit transcripts (in English) from all previously completed coursework, and
- two letters of recommendation.
All applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to take both the Test of English as a Foreign Language and the Test of Written English examinations. A minimum score on the TOEFL of 575 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based), 88-89 (Internet-based), and 4.0 on the TWE, is required. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score required for unconditional acceptance is 6.5. For additional information about the IELTS, please visit www.ielts.org. In addition, upon arrival at RIT, these students are required to take the English language exams, administered by RIT’s English Language Center. Individuals scoring below an established minimum will be referred to the English Language Center for further evaluation and assistance.
These students are required to follow the center’s recommendations regarding language coursework. It is important to note that this may require additional time and financial resources to complete the degree requirements. Successful completion of this coursework is a requirement for the program.
A person not meeting the general requirements may petition for admission to the program. In such cases, it may be suggested that the necessary background courses be taken at the undergraduate level. However, undergraduate credits that constitute deficiencies may not be counted toward the master’s degree.
Any student who wishes to study at the graduate level must first be admitted to the program. However, an applicant may be permitted to take graduate courses as a nonmatriculated student if he or she meets the general requirements mentioned above.
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Last updated April 25, 2018