School of Engineering Materials Engineering

Materials Engineering (M.S., D.E., Ph.D.)

At the University of Dayton, you will join an internationally recognized materials engineering program that ranks first in Ohio and second nationally in sponsored materials research (as ranked by the National Science Foundation). We are one of only a few universities in the nation involved in the modeling, control and automation of composite processing.

When you combine this level of excellence with a flexible program of study, it's easy to see why full- and part-time students from around the world join us in our pursuit of world-leading scholarship and development.

Students have two options for earning the M.S. degree: complete 30 hours of study (10 courses) or 24 hours of study and six hours of thesis work. The 30-hour program is geared toward part-time students. Full-time students and graduate assistants typically follow the thesis option.

If you pursue our Ph.D. or D.E. program, you will complete another 30 hours of coursework and a 30-hour dissertation.

In both the master's degree and doctorate programs, you'll learn from materials experts, including engineers and scientists from the University of Dayton, University of Dayton Research Institute, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and local industries. These professionals often serve as guest speakers and present their latest research.

Graduate students routinely receive financial support for conducting materials research alongside engineers at the UD Research Institute and the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Many of these professionals serve as research advisers and materials engineering faculty members. Both research facilities, and the on-campus Center for Materials Diagnostics, are among the best materials engineering research facilities in the world. 

M.S. Admission Requirements

Applicants to the materials engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available for some programs; however, some restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

Ph.D., D.E. Admission Requirements

Applicants to the materials engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  3. A personal statement or résumé
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information

Graduate assistantships are available for some programs; however, some restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Click the "Review Degree Requirements" link and select your area of interest.

Frequently Asked Questions

What degrees are offered in materials engineering and how long does it take to earn them?
The Master of Science degree takes between two to five years and the Ph.D. track takes three to seven years to complete. In the master's program, students have the option of completing 30 credit hours of study, or 24 credit hours and 6 hours of thesis. Most full-time master's students choose the latter. Students obtaining a Ph.D. complete 30 credit hours beyond the master's courses as well as 30 credit hours of dissertation work.

What is unique about our materials engineering program?
We offer master's and doctoral degrees based on state-of-the-art courses in materials engineering, taught by professors with practical experience in world-class materials laboratories. This provides students the opportunity to work in a “real world” research facilities and with a wide range of science and technology leaders.

When and where are courses available?
Students may elect to complete the program on a full- or part-time basis. Courses are available during lunchtime or in the evenings. Selected courses are available at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and at the General Electric Aircraft Engine Group in Cincinnati.

What financial aid is available?
UD graduate students routinely receive financial support for conducting materials research alongside engineers at the University of Dayton Research Institute and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Projects conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and some University of Dayton Research Institute projects require that students be U.S. citizens or Green Card holders.