Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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

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Why Choose Materials Science and Engineering?

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.) in materials science and engineering and a Ph.D. 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). Computational facilities include numerous PC clusters, workstations, X-windowing terminals, and personal computers.


Research in materials science and engineering is focused on processing, structure, properties, and performance of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Current programs include studies of advanced ceramics, metallic superconducting ceramics, polymer, ceramic, titanium and carbon matrix composites, nickel and titanium-based alloys, as well as advanced nano- and mesosystems. Computation modeling of materials characteristics is also an area of research focus, with emphasis on noel application of nano-materials such as sensor, 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 photoelectron 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.

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.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Science in Engineering, Major in Materials Science and Engineering program information, outcomes, and requirements in the Academic Catalog.



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 Admissions 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.

Graduate Assistantships

The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) offers you and other graduate students a worthwhile financial aid option in the form of graduate assistantships. All academic departments in CECS hire hourly graders, teaching assistants, and recitation teachers. Individual researchers hire graduate students for graduate research assistant positions that typically include both a stipend and tuition remission. All positions are available on a competitive basis. Please indicate your interest in one of these positions at the time of your application.

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