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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering University of Tennessee



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Course info


The faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seek to prepare students to join the international ranks of professional scientists and engineers in fundamental areas of materials science and engineering, as well as cross-disciplinary sciences in which materials expertise plays a critical role in the development of new knowledge and technologies.

Concentrations (Optional)

Automotive Materials
Energy Science and Engineering

Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • The materials science and engineering program is flexible and interdisciplinary in nature. Students may be admitted from a wide range of disciplines. These include physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, nuclear engineering and engineering science programs.
  • Applicants for admission to the PhD program in materials science and engineering are expected to have completed a bachelor’s degree in an area of engineering or science with a grade-point-average of at least 2.7 out of 4.00 (or 3.0 during the senior year of undergraduate study).
  • All applicants must submit scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the written exam or 80 on the Internet-based Test to be considered for admission to the programs.
  • After one year in residence and with the approval of the faculty, a student may proceed directly to the doctoral program without completion of a master’s degree.

Required Courses

  • For students proceeding directly to the PhD from baccalaureate degree,
    • A minimum 36 graduate course credit hours
      • At least 6 credit hours of 600-level MSE courses
      • Completion of MSE 511, MSE 512, MSE 513, and MSE 514
      • Up to 6 credit hours of MSE 503, Graduate Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering, may be counted toward the graduate course work
      • A minimum of 24 of the graduate course credit hours must be in MSE courses
    • MSE 600 (24 credit hours minimum)
  • For students having a thesis-based master’s degree in materials science and engineering or a related fieldas approved by the PhD committee, a minimum of 48 graduate credit hours is required and must include:
    • 12 credit hours of graduate course work where the combined thesis and PhD graduate course work must satisfy the following requirements:
      • at least 6 credit hours of 600-level courses in the department;
      • completion of MSE 511, MSE 512, MSE 513, and MSE 514;
      • up to 6 credit hours of MSE 503 may be counted toward the graduate course work;
      • a minimum of 24 of the graduate course credit hours must be in MSE courses.
    • MSE 600 (a minimum of 24 credit hours)
    • The MSE 500 credit hours earned in the thesis masters do not count towards the 72 credit hour PhD requirement.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering.

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$31,139.00 (22,82,470) per year


Aug-21, Jan-22


Tickle College of Engineering

124 Perkins Hall,



37996, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students planning to major in materials science and engineering for the master’s or doctoral degree will ordinarily have attained a satisfactory record in a bachelor’s degree materials program, or in related technical areas of science and engineering.

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

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

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