Materials Science and Engineering Master's Degree

Online Program Overview

Degree Level
Master's Degree
Total Credits
Fully Online
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Minimum GPA
Qualifying Exam
GRE Required

Materials Science Engineering is a rapidly growing, multidisciplinary activity that has emerged as a recognizable field in recent decades. Scientists and engineers in this field lay the basis for understanding, developing, testing, and applying materials that form the foundation for present and future technologies (for example, ceramic engines for the automotive industry, semiconductor devices for the microelectronic industry, and polymers and composite materials for various industries including sports and automotive industries). More significantly, the choice and power of future human endeavors will depend critically on the development of improved and environmentally-sound materials, whether as inexpensive and highly efficient solar cells for clean power generation or as radiation-resistant alloys for fusion reactor walls.

Although over half a million scientists and engineers currently are working in the materials field, only about 10 percent of them hold materials-designated degrees (the remainder include chemists, physicists, electrical engineers, chemical engineers, and mechanical engineers). As such there is demand for -- and the field will benefit from -- scientists and engineers, who take the multidisciplinary materials science approach in their careers.

The program also offers the professional degree, Metallurgical Engineer, for engineers who wish to do advanced work beyond the level of the M.S. degree but who do not desire to emphasize research. For more information:

"I have been quite happy with ALL of the classes I have taken. This has not been easy - as some of the classes have been challenging. Also, with the unpredictable nature of my travel schedule, the logistics, at times, have been even more of a problem. But, in the end, there has been good cooperation at all levels and things have worked out well in the end. In conclusion, I thought my travel schedule would prohibit me from being able to successfully complete any advanced degree. This has not proven to be the case."
Bob Havrin, Baker Process

Admissions Requirements

Degree required for admission: Students admitted to the program must possess an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or other related field (subject to the approval of the Materials Science and Engineering Program) from an accredited academic institution. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate record to be competitive for admission.

GPA required: Minimum of 3.0 

GRE requirements: General test required 

Other application requirements: 3 recommendation letters, transcripts, resume, and a personal-professional statement are required. TOEFL test scores are required of all students who received their bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official and spoken language. All application requirements in the Graduate Application must be completed as specified in the application. 

Breadth requirement: Elements of Materials Science (MSAE E3103) is required for students who have not covered this material in earlier undergraduate or graduate courses. No credit toward the M.S. degree will be given for taking this course. 

For answers to your most common admissions questions, please review our FAQ page here.

Breadth requirement: Elements of Materials Science (MSAE E3103) is required for students who have not covered this material in earlier undergraduate or graduate courses. No credit toward the M.S. degree will be given for taking this course.

Degree Requirements:

Students must complete all core courses and selected electives (described below) for a total of 30 graduate points of academic work via CVN with an academic average of 2.5 or better. All degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of the beginning of the first course credited toward the degree. This includes courses taken in the non-degree program.


MSAE students are advised to visit the Materials Science page on the APAM website for the most current information regarding program requirements.

Core courses:

The following 6 core courses (18 points) must be included:

  • MSAE E4100: Crystallography 
  • MSAE E4200: Theory of Crystalline Materials 
  • MSAE E4201: Materials thermodynamics and phase diagrams
  • MSAE E4202: Kinetics of transformations in materials
  • MSAE E4206: Electronic and magnetic properties of solids
  • MSAE E4215: Mechanical behavior of structural materials 

Course List

The remaining 12 points will be chosen from electives courses, 9 points of which must be Type 1 and 6 points of which may be Type 1 or Type 2.

Type 1 Electives:
MSAE E4090: Nanotechnology
MSAE E4101: Structural analysis of materials
MSAE E4102: Synthesis and processing of materials
MSAE E4132: Fundamentals of polymers and ceramics
MSAE E4207: Lattice vibrations and crystal defects
MSAE E4250: Ceramics and composites
MSAE E4990: Special topics in materials science and engineering
MSAE E6085: Computing the electronics structure of complex materials
MSAE E6091: Magnetism and magnetic materials
MSAE E6100: Transmission electron microscopy 
MSAE E6255: Techniques in X-ray and neutron diffraction
MSAE E6229: Energy and particle beam processing of materials
MSAE E6251: Thin films and layers
MSAE E6273: Materials science reports
MSAE E8235: Selected topics in materials science
MSAE E4000-, 6000-, or 8000-level courses not listed here

Type 2 Electives:
BMEN E4300: Solid biomechanics
BMEN E4301: Structure, mechanics, and adaptation of bone
BMEN E4501 Tissue engineering 1
APPH E4100: Quantum physics of matter
APPH E4130: Physics of solar energy
APPH E6081: Sold state physics 1
APPH E6082: Solid state physics 2
ELEN E4301: Intro to semiconductor devices
ELEN E4411: Fundamentals of photonics
ELEN E4944: Principles of device microfabrication
EAEE E4001: Industrial ecology of earth resources
EAEE E4160: Solid and hazardous waste managment
ENME E4113: Advanced mechanics of solids
ENME E4114: Mechanics of fracture and fatigue
CHEE E4252: Intro to surface and colloid chemistry
CHEE E4530: Corrosion of metals
CHEN E4620: Intro to polymers and soft materials
CHEN E4640: Polymer surfaces and interaces
CHEM G41680: Materials Chemistry
MECE E4211: Energy sources and conversion
APMA E4101: Intro to dynamical systems
APMA E4200: Partial differential equations
APMA E4300: Intro to numerical methods
APMA E4400: Intro to biophysical modeling 

Tuition & Fees

2018 - 2019 Tuition & Fees

Please note that all tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars and are estimated. Tuition and most fees are prescribed by statute, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Trustees.

CVN Credit Tuition: $2,018 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
Transcript Fee: $105 non-refundable one-time fee

Estimated cost of each nondegree course: $6,554
Estimated total cost of certification (four online courses) : $25,901

Estimated total cost of MS (ten online courses): $64,595
Estimated total cost of DES (ten online courses plus a minimum of 12 research credits) : $90,391

Graduate Admission Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee
Certification Program Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee

Late Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable fee

CVN Withdrawal Fee: $75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees
For example: A three credit course would be $6,054 + transcript fee $105 (one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $6,554

For Drop/Withdrawal fees and dates, refer to the Academic Calendar for the current term.

Please note: CVN no longer offers courses for audit.


Payment should be mailed to:

Columbia Video Network
540 S.W. MUDD Building, MC4719
500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027


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