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Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration

About

    For students proceeding directly to the PhD from the baccalaureate degree, a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours is required. These credit hours must include 42 graduate credit hours, including MSE 511, MSE 512, MSE 513, and MSE 514, at least 6 credit hours of 600-level courses in the department, and 30 credit hours of dissertation. Six credit hours of MSE 503 may be counted toward degree requirements. At least 24 credit hours must be courses taught in the department. 
    The materials science and engineering major must include the courses required for the master’s program. Coursework in the polymers concentration must include the courses required for the master’s program and MSE 639. For students in the nanomaterials concentration at least 12 credit hours of course work must be from the approved nanomaterials specialization list. 
    For students in the biomaterials concentration at least 12 credit hours of course work must be from the approved biomaterials specialization list. For students in the automotive materials concentration at least 12 credit hours of course work must be from the approved automotive materials specialization list. 
    For students in the Energy Science and Engineering concentration, at least 18 credit hours of course work must be from the curriculum jointly approved by the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education and the MSE graduate affairs committee.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    72 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

    Courses include:
  • Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Graduate Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Polymer Engineering

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application
  • Reference letters or rating forms

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31538 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31538 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    13120 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13120 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Knoxville

  • 885 - 1460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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