2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Combined Materials Science and Engineering, BSMSE & Materials Science and Engineering, MSMSE

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Program Description:

The combined BS in Materials Science and Engineering/MS in Materials Science and Engineering program allows students to earn a BS in Materials Science and Engineering and a MS in Materials Science and Engineering in a total of 5 years.  Up to nine (9) semester credit hours of graduate courses at the ME 6000/7000 level may be double-counted and applied to both the BS and the MS degree requirements. 

Admission Requirements:

1. Completion of at least 75 semester credit hours towards BS degree.

2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4

3. Must be enrolled as a full-time student

To Apply:

Complete the Combined BS/MS Degree Program application and a graduate program of study.

The program educational objectives for the Materials Science and Engineering program are:

Objective 1: Be employed in the engineering profession or pursing graduate studies

Objective 2: Successfully compete in a globally integrated environment

Objective 3: Be engaged in life-long learning through continuing education and other avenues in a rapidly changing technical environment

BSMSE Program Learning Outcomes:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

MSMSE Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to think critically, creatively and have the ability to identify and solve problems in materials science and engineering (critical thinking and problem solving)
  • Be able to pursue scholarship or creative endeavors, and conduct some degree of independent research (knowledge and scholarship)
  • Be able to demonstrate attributes of professional development consistent with expectations within this discipline (professional development)
  • Be able to effectively communicate scientific and engineering ideas and developments (communication)
  • Demonstrate a mathematical competency above that of an undergraduate engineering student (math knowledge)

For additional information:

Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 44 Hours

Mathematics: 4 Hours

Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Arts/Humanities: 3 Hours

Social Science: 6 Hours

Natural Science: 10 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 9 Hours

Senior Design, Choose one sequence: 4 Hours

Track: 9 Hours

Choose 1 track:

  • General:  Choose 3 Materials Related Elective Courses (from approved list)


  • Manufacturing: (choose 3 of 6)

III. CECS Courses: 4 Hours

IV. Other: 12 Hours

V. Technical Elective: 3 Hours

1 course from approved list

Choose a  3 credit hour technical elective at the 6000 or 7000 level.  A total of 9 credit hours may be double counted in the undergraduate and graduate programs.  

VI. Graduate Program Requirements: 30 Hours

Program Requirements:

The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering degree:

  1. Completion of 30 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by an engineering graduate advisor.
  2. At least 24 of the 30 graduate credit hours must be in engineering or computer engineering courses, and at least 18 of these must be engineering courses.
  3. At least 18 of above 24 credit hours must be courses numbered above 7000.
  4. The program of study must include MTH 6050 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics .
  5. Students must choose either a thesis option or advanced course work option. For students choosing the thesis option, nine (9) credit hours of ME 7950 - Thesis  are required and will count toward the degree requirements. Students employed as teaching or research assistants through the School of Graduate Studies at any time during their degree candidacy must choose the thesis option.
  6. Students who elect the non-thesis option must take graduate courses at the 7000 level from an approved list to replace thesis credits. Students have the option of taking up to three (3) credits of independent study ME 7990 .

Mathematics: 3 Hours

MTH 6050 is the required course. Others as approved.

Core Courses: 9 Hours

Students pursuing the MSMSE degree will choose three of the following course options:

  • ME 7500, ME 7720, ME 7730, ME 7750, ME 7760, or ME 7780

Elective Courses: 9 Hours

ME 6000-7990; EGR 7010; EGR 7020; EGR 7040; EGR 7050; EE 6130; EE 6170; EE 7010; EE 7020

Students electing the coursework option will need to take 18 hours from program courses.

No more than three 6000 level courses will be permitted for either coursework or thesis options.

Thesis or Non-Thesis Option: 9 Hours

  • Thesis Option: ME 7950 Credit hour(s): 1 to 12
  • Non-Thesis Option: Additional 7000 level courses

Total: 141 Hours

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