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Materials Science and Engineering is concerned with the processing, composition, crystallography, microstructure and the physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of metallic, semiconductor, ceramic, photonic, polymeric and composite materials, among others, for uses particularly in advanced applications such as solid state electronics, energy conversion and aerospace.
The USC Materials Science and Engineering Program was established in 1967. It is a graduate program granting Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy and Engineer degrees in Materials Science and Master of Science degrees in Materials Engineering and in Manufacturing Engineering. For students entering with a B.S. degree, it normally takes three semesters to obtain an M.S. degree and a total of about five years from the B.S. for the Ph.D. degree. 
The program has a fleet of full-time faculty, all of whom have established reputations for themselves in research and in teaching.

Degrees Offered

The University of Southern California offers three graduate degrees in Materials Science:

(i) The Master of Science Degree in Materials Science requiring 27 units of work beyond the Bachelor's Degree. The M.S. degree may be taken either with or without a thesis.
(ii) The Engineer Degree requiring a minimum of 60 units of graduate work beyond the Bachelor's Degree, a Qualifying Examination in Materials Science, and a suitable minor. Very few students choose this option.
(iii) The Ph.D. in Materials Science requiring 60 units of course work beyond the Bachelor's degree, a Screening Examination, a Qualifying Examination, an original investigation (research), a written dissertation, and a final oral dissertation examination. The Ph.D. degree is administered by the Graduate School.

The University of Southern California offers one graduate degree in Materials Engineering:

The Master of Science degree in Materials Engineering requiring 27 units beyond the B.S. degree. This degree may be taken either with or without a thesis. Students may work for this degree in the Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering departments in conjunction with the Materials Science Department or they may stay completely within the Materials Science Department.

Student Handbook of Materials Engineering

You can find more detail information at the Student Handbook.


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