Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and Science South Dakota School of Mines And Technology


Course info


The doctor of philosophy program in materials engineering and science (MES) offers a student the opportunity to expand his/her knowledge and understanding of the science and technology of materials production, behavior, and applications. The student will undertake multidisciplinary approaches, combining the basic elements of both engineering and science, to the solution of materials-related problems. Because such problems are found in every science and engineering discipline, the degree applicant has considerable flexibility in the selection of the department in which to pursue dissertation research, within the confines of the applicant‘s academic preparation and interests. Candidates will study either a science or engineering emphasis within the MES Ph.D. program. For example, research emphasis may be placed on improving processes for the production of metallic, polymeric, ceramic, or other structural or electronic materials. Alternatively, the degree candidate may investigate mechanisms for improving material properties, which in turn, could lead to new or better applications. Classroom and individualized instruction will provide the necessary theory to complement such creative activities.

Example areas of specialization include but are not limited to

  • Cold Spray Processing
  • Computational Modeling
  • Corrosion Inhibition
  • Development of Multiphase Materials
  • Direct Write Technology
  • Fiber Reinforced Composites
  • Friction Stir Welding
  • Geotechnology
  • Hydrometallurgical Extraction
  • Magnetic Nanocomposites
  • Nanoscale Electronic Materials
  • Polymer Matrix Composites
  • Polymer Synthesis
  • Security Printing
  • Semiconductor Materials and Devices
  • Strengthening Mechanisms
  • Surface Chemistry of Flotation
  • Thermophysical Properties
  • Thin Films
  • Security Printing
  • Hydrometallurgical Extraction
  • Friction Stir Welding
  • Cold Spray Processing
  • Direct Write Technology

The program is administered directly by the Dean of Graduate Education and sponsored programs, with the head of the MES Ph.D. advisory council serving as program coordinator. The advisory council currently comprises faculty members from the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, and the Departments of Physics, and Chemistry.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and Science.

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$14,730.00 (10,95,458) per year


26 Aug, 13 Jan


Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology,

501 East Saint Joseph Street,


South Dakota,

57701, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must hold a bachelor degree in engineering or science from accredited 4-year colleges and universities with a recommended GPA of 3.0.

English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL Internet-based test: 68 minimum score (Upper level score - 83), Computer Based Test – 190 minimum score (Upper level score – 220), Paper Based Test – 520 minimum score (Upper level score – 560); IELTS: 5.5 minimum score (Upper level score – 6.5), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 47 minimum score (Upper level score – 56)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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