MS in Materials Science and Engineering

Advance your career—and technological innovations—with a more in-depth knowledge of the properties and capabilities of metals, ceramics, semiconductors and composite materials.

Materials engineering students working in the Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center

Degree: Master of Science
Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Now is an exciting time to be a materials engineer—almost every technology we rely on in the modern world relies on materials, whether automotive, biomedical, electronics, or energy production and storage. As technologies evolve at an ever increasing rate, advanced materials—and those who know how to develop them—are in high demand.

At the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, we educate those materials engineering leaders by combining the best attributes of small and large graduate programs to offer you both personalized attention from faculty members and access to world-class equipment and mentorship from internationally renowned researchers.

Plus, we make it easy for you to go further in your career in the way that works best for you. Our master’s program is available in three different formats, allowing you to tailor your education to best meet your needs:

  • Our Accelerated master of science degree program lets you earn your degree in just one year through full-time study, allowing you to move ahead in your career faster. Plus, our accelerated program puts a special focus on data science and analytics, giving you an edge that complements your advanced knowledge in materials structure and properties with an understanding of the identification of statistically significant relationships, model development and predictive behavior of large data sets.  
  • Our Professional master of science degree program allows you to continue working in industry full time while you work toward your degree part-time. In this program, you have the flexibility to align your final capstone project with your personal interests or even a professional project you are working on at your company, allowing you to bring your learning to life on the job even before you graduate. Whether you’re working on a team project to develop the next generation of pipeline tubing or lightweight aircraft, our leading-edge coursework and flexible final project lets you learn in ways that are most relevant to your career.
  • Our Research master of science degree program combines the coursework of our Accelerated and Professional programs with a personalized research project and thesis—letting you delve deeper into an area of materials science that contributes in meaningful ways to the advancement of the field. Attend national and international scientific conferences with our faculty members to present your research and meet peers and other faculty in the field. Plus, unlike many other programs, our admissions policies allow you to transition into our PhD program at the completion of your MS if you choose to continue your research and academic endeavors.

All of our master’s degree options expose you to cutting-edge materials research, such as materials for energy conversion, lightweight alloys, additive manufacturing, surface engineering, failure analysis and materials data science. Take advantage of our unmatched facilities for materials development and analysis. See atoms up close and perform nanoanalysis in our Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials, which greatly elevates what you can accomplish with some of the most sophisticated microcharacterization instruments in the world. At the SDLE Research Center, combine materials data analytics with lifetime degradation science to develop long-lasting solutions. Our foundry is unique as one of few production-sized academic foundries in the nation. The Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center enables ultra-clean primary processing with a variety of secondary processing options for both structural and functional materials, followed by mechanical reliability testing. Our Nitinol Processing Lab explores metallurgical processing and mechanical characterization of nitinol for use in biomedical and aerospace applications. Plus, our collaborations with the MORE Center give you access to state-of-the-art equipment for the fabrication and characterization of materials and devices for solar energy and emerging electronic and optoelectronic technologies.

But groundbreaking research in our labs isn’t our only advantage. Our materials science and engineering faculty are highly engaged with industry, so they’re aware of the latest trends and demands from the market. This means you’re ensured that your education not only offers deep expertise in materials fundamentals, but also coursework in relevant areas like additive manufacturing, applied materials data science, lifetime reliability, failure analysis and more.  

Plus, our close ties with our polymers department—the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering—lets you perform research with an even broader variety of materials.

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Help advance the future of critical technologies through advanced materials while giving yourself a critical advantage in your career with a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.


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