Graduate Materials Engineering

Real-world research.

The materials engineering graduate program at the University of Dayton has an international reputation for excellence that provides state-of-the-art facilities, classes on cutting-edge topics and real-world research opportunities in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI). The program ranks third in the nation, according to Academic Analytics; and the National Science Foundation ranked the University second in the nation in the amount of federally funded and total materials research performed. The program accommodates students from a wide range of academic and technical backgrounds and attracts full- and part-time students nationally and internationally.

Master of Science in Materials Engineering (M.S.)

  • Thesis option:  24 semester hours of course work (8 classes) and 6 semester hours of research credit
  • Non-thesis option:  30 semester hours of course work (10 classes).  Suggested for International Students.

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (Ph.D.)

  • 30 hours of course work beyond the M.S. and 30 hours of research leading to a dissertation

Doctorate of Engineering in Materials Engineering (D.E.)

  • 39 semester hours beyond the M.S. and 21 hours of research leading to a dissertation

Areas of Emphasis

National recognition has been achieved because we concentrate on research and study in areas integral to our region, such as the following:

  • Aerospace-alloys
  • Composite-materials
  • Composite processing
  • Non-destructive evaluation (NDE)
  • Structural-ceramics

Research

  • Position of "front-line" leadership in materials engineering.
  • Two world-class materials' laboratories in the Dayton area.
  • Doctoral research: University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and a regional industrial lab. U.S. citizenship or Green Card is required for AFRL and some UDRI projects.
  • Structural metals, composites, polymers, ceramics, coatings, corrosion, non-destructive evaluation (NDE), electronic materials, thin films, solid lubricants, optical materials, etc. 
Areas of Research Distinction
  • Titanium Technology — gave the University of Dayton a status of one of the world leaders in airframe light structural alloys, attracted many international students and brought in a big portion of our outside funding and integrated our activity with AFRL.
  • Non-Destructive Materials Characterization (NDC) — developed through a close association and cooperation with UDRI.  It culminated in the establishment of the CMD/MURI Center on Caldwell Street that became possible through substantial grants from AFOSR and the Ohio Board of Regents. This Center has been supporting up to nine graduate students MAT, CME and EO in each of the last three years.
  • Composite materials processing and process control are some of the most significant contributions of the University to the technology improvement at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). It has been developed in conjunction with UDRI and CME and is greatly responsible for the Miami Valley region recently becoming recognized as the "Composite Valley."