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.

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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.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available; however, 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.

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