Master of Science in Engineering, Major in Materials Science and Engineering

photo of a student sitting in the russ center lobbyThe Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in materials science and engineering and a PhD in Engineering with a focus in materials and nanotechnology. The graduate programs are broad in scope, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the field of materials science and engineering. The program is built around processing, structure, properties, and performance of advanced materials relevant to numerous areas of application, such as biomedical, energy, aerospace, environmental, and manufacturing.


Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories, and computer systems, interconnected by local and wide area communication networks. Computational facilities include numerous Sun, DEC, and Silicon Graphics fileservers and workstations; X-windowing terminals; and personal computers. Access is also available to the Ohio Super-computer via the Ohio Academic and Research Network (OARNET).


Research in materials science and engineering is focused around processing, structure, properties, and performance of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Current programs include studies of advanced ceramics, metallic super conducting ceramics, polymer, ceramic, titanium and carbon matrix composites, nickel and titanium based alloys, as well as advanced nano- and meso- systems. Computation modeling of materials characteristics is also an area of research focus, with emphasis on noel application of nano-materials such as sensore, hydrogen storage, electronic and thermal transport.

The department hosts a variety of sophisticated materials research equipment. This includes a scanning transmission electron microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy and associated specimen preparation equipment, state-of-the-art micro-Raman spectroscopy, high resolution x-ray photo electron spectroscopy (XPS), and unique controlled-atmosphere high temperature deformation testing facilities. The department also has standard laboratory equipment for fabrication and testing of materials, such as mechanical testing machines, scanning electron microscopes, an x-ray diffractometer, furnaces, microhardness testers, and optical microscopes.

Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories, and computer systems interconnected by local and wide area communication networks. Computational facilities include numerous PC clusters, workstations, X-windowing terminals, and personal computers. Research at Wright State University is not limited to the laboratory facilities on campus. Several industrial companies, laboratories, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are involved in joint research efforts, making available their unique facilities for faculty and graduate research.


The Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute provides collaboration opportunities through the graduate engineering courses, faculty, and research resources of the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Dayton, The Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are available to students on a competitive basis. Students awarded assistantship support are eligible for stipends and remission of tuition fees. Interest in financial support should be indicated at the time of application. While graduate research contracts are processed through the department, students are responsible for initiating the process by contacting a faculty member with whom they are interested in working. Faculty contact information is available on this site's directory, and faculty research areas are listed below:

  • Dr. Maher Amer, PhD - raman spectroscopy, polymers, composites, micromechanics of multi-phase meterials, self-assembly of fullerenes, nano-structured films
  • Dr. Bor Jang, PhD - nano-materials, surface and interface phenomena, multi-disciplinary materials education
  • Dr. Sharmila Mukhopadhyay, PhD - nano-materials, surface and interface phenomena, multi-disciplinary materials education
  • Dr. Raghavan Srinivasan, PhD - deformation processing and mechanical testing methods (severe plastic deformation, sheet formability), thermomechanical process modeling (FEM, phenomenological and physical modeling)
  • Dr. Amir Farajian, PhD - nano-materials, hydrogen storage, computational materials modeling
  • Dr. H. Daniel Young, PhD - high temperature electronic packaging materials, functionally graded solid oxide duel cell structures, laser-based processing of materials
  • Dr. Hong Huang, PhD - nano-materials, thin films, fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, super-capacitators



To be considered for admission to the MSE in Materials Science and Engineering program, students must first satisfy basic admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. For regular degree status, this includes having a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 with an average of 3.0 or better for the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree.

The Materials Science and Engineering graduate program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs to submit general GRE test scores. Please visit for additional information on accreditation. International students must also have a TOEFL score of at least 79(IBT)/ 213(CBT)/ 550(PBT). These scores should be sent to the Wright State International Gateway office (244 Student Union, Wright State University, Dayton OH 45435).

While the criteria listed above offer general guidelines, program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized test scores where applicable. Personal statements and letters of recommendation are not required, but applicants are welcome to include them. Application tracking is done through the Graduate School's website, rather than at the department level. If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements listed above, you must apply for the program before your credentials can be reviewed, i.e. the department cannot advise prospective students on whether to apply.

How to Apply

Graduate students should apply for admission through Wright State's Graduate School.

Degree Requirements

Students should plan a program of study in consultation with the department chair. The program of study should be finalized by the time the student completes 9 credit hours of graduate study.

The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering degree:

  • Completion of 30 graduate credit hours that have prior approval by an engineering graduate advisor
  • At least 24 of the 30 graduate credit hours must be in engineering or computer engineering courses, and at least 18 of these must be engineering courses
  • At least 18 of the 24 credit hours described above must be courses numbered above 7000
  • MTH 5040 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics I or MTH 6050 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
  • Students must choose either a thesis option or advanced coursework option
    • Thesis option: 9 credits of ME 7950 Master's Thesis are required. Students employed as teaching or research assistants through the Graduate School at any time during their degree candidacy must choose the thesis option.
    • Non-thesis (Course) option: must take graduate courses at the 7000 level from the approved course inventory list to replace thesis credits

Department Core and Electives

  • Core courses (must choose three [3] courses from the list below):
    • ME 7500 Advanced Thermodynamics
    • ME 7720 Engineering Polymers II
    • ME 7730 Advanced Physical Properties
    • ME 7750 Advanced Engineering Materials
    • ME 7760 Transformation of Solids I
    • ME 7780 Ceramics for Advanced Applications
  • MTH 6050 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • Elective courses (9 credit hours) - Graduate level elective courses from the improved course inventory
  • Thesis or Non-Thesis option:
    • Thesis: 9 credit hours ME 7950 - Master's Thesis OR
    • Non-thesis (Course) Option: 9 credit hours addition 7000 level courses. Students have the option of taking up to three (3) credits of ME 7990 Independent Study