About this course
Material Science and Engineering (MSE) is concerned with the interrelationship among the structure, processing, properties, performance, and applications of materials, which includes ceramics, metals, polymers, and composites. MSE is an interdisciplinary field that combines aspects of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering. Materials engineers provide “enabling technologies” for a wide range of industries including electronics, automotive, aerospace, medical, and more traditional manufacturing industries. Today, material science and engineering professionals are involved in developing improved fuel cells and hydrogen-storage devices for efficient energy production, designing lightweight and reliable materials for advanced aircraft and space vehicles, developing high temperature materials and coating for turbine applications, and devising remote sensors for detecting pathogens. Materials science and engineering also lies at the center of the nanotechnology revolution. The Master of Science degree program in MSE at Alfred University seeks to provide students with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of material science while allowing them the flexibility to pursue advanced studies a focused area of their interest. The mission of the program is to prepare a graduate with both strong theoretical and “hands-on” laboratory skills.
The program is open to qualified students with Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering and the physical sciences. Students with a degree in another science or engineering field may have to take prerequisite undergraduate materials science and engineering courses before enrolling in specific graduate classes. Typically, the student and his or her advisor develop a plan of study at the start of the program based on the student’s background and the student’s research topic. Applicants without the required background will also be considered for admission, but acceptance is based on the candidate’s prior academic record, work experience, potential for growth, and the availability of space in the program.