Degree Options

Doctor of Philosophy

The primary requirement of the MSE-PHD is a dissertation covering research performed by the student under the supervision of a SAMD-associated research advisor. A minimum of 72 semester credits including course work and research is required by the graduate school. These must include 13 credits from the SAMD core courses: MSE 501 (1 unit), 3 out of a possible 6 units of MSE 502, where MSE 502A and MSE 502B are required, MSE 503, MSE 504, and a course in optical/electrical properties of materials (select from the course offered by MSE, CHEM 511, CHEM 517, PH531, or ECE574).

Additionally, 4 credits of MSE 793 (Professional Development Seminar) are required and 6 credits of SAMD approved Specialty courses at the 500 level or higher (e.g. MSE 505). MSE PHD students will be required to meet a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training component (course-based, workshop, other pre-approved form). A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved for core credits.

Near the end of every academic year, SAMD Ph.D. students are required to meet with their graduate program committee for a presentation and discussion of the student’s degree plan. Further details about the evaluation can be found in the handbook or by contacting the program manager.

PhD Coursework Checklist

Master of Science – Thesis Option

A student must complete a minimum of 30 semester credits. These must include 16 credits of approved classroom-based courses with 13 credits of Core courses: MSE 501 (1 unit), 3 out of a possible 6 units of MSE 502, where MSE 502A and MSE 502B are required, MSE 503, MSE 504, and a course in optical/electrical properties of materials (select from the course offered by MSE, CHEM 511, CHEM 517, PH531, or ECE574). Additionally, 2 credits of MSE 793 (Professional Development Seminar) are required and 3 credits of SAMD approved Specialty courses at the 500 level or higher (e.g. MSE 505). MSE M.S. Plan A students will be required to meet a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training component (course-based, workshop, other pre-approved form). The student must also perform research and prepare a thesis. The final examination for the Plan A M.S. Degree is the thesis defense. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved for core credits.

MS Plan A (thesis option) Coursework Checklist

Master of Science – Coursework Option

A student must complete a minimum of 30 semester credits. These must include 16 credits of approved classroom-based courses with 13 credits of Core courses: MSE 501 (1 unit), 3 out of a possible 6 units of MSE 502, where MSE 502A and MSE 502B are required, MSE 503, MSE 504, and a course in optical/electrical properties of materials (select from the course offered by MSE, CHEM 511, CHEM 517, PH531, or ECE574). Additionally, two credits of MSE 793 (Professional Development Seminar) are required and 3 credits of SAMD approved Specialty courses at the 500 level or higher (e.g. MSE 505). The final examination for the Plan B M.S. degree is the seminar/examination. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved for core credits.

MS Plan B (coursework only option) Coursework Checklist