Master of Materials Science and NanoEngineering (MMSNE) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes for the MMSNE Degree

Upon completing the MMSNE degree, students will be able to:

  1. Acquire broad, advanced knowledge within either Materials Science or NanoEngineering, which is also in-depth in one major sub-discipline of the field.
  2. Conduct research at an advanced level in at least one area of Materials Science and Nanoengineering.
  3. Communicate scientific ideas effectively in writing and when speaking.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to gain admission to a graduate or professional program, if interested in pursuing further education.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to gain employment or advancement in a technical field related to Materials Science and NanoEngineering, if pursuing non-academic careers.

Requirements for the MMSNE Degree in Materials Science and NanoEngineering

The MMSNE degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. Students pursuing the MMSNE degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) at the 500-level or above to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 8 courses (24 credit hours) at Rice University.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in required coursework with a minimum grade of B- (2.67 grade points) in each course.
  • The requirements for one area of specialization. The MMSNE degree program offers the following two areas of specialization.
    • Materials Science
    • NanoEngineering 

The MMSNE degree program is open to students who have shown academic excellence in their undergraduate studies. This non-thesis degree option is designed for engineers who have attained a bachelor's degree and are looking to further their careers in industry. They combine engineering coursework with professional development and communications. A list of required and suggested courses are available on the MSNE website. Students should develop a specific plan of study based on their particular interests and discussions with their advisor.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MMSNE Degree30

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
Select 3 from the following:9
MECH PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
THERMODYNAMICS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE
MICROSTRUCTURE AND NANOSTRUCTURE EVOLUTION
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF SOLIDS
PHYSICAL METALLURGY
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY & DIFFRACTION
Technical Electives
Select 3 technical electives including at least 2 MSNE courses (6 credit hours) from the following: 1,29
PROPERTIES, SYNTHESIS AND DESIGN OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS
COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS MODELING
THIN FILMS
MATERIALS IN NATURE AND BIO-MIMETIC STRATEGIES
SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS OF CORROSION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
MICROSCOPY METHODS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE
SPECIAL TOPICS I
SPECIAL TOPICS II
SPECIAL TOPICS III
NANOMATERIALS AND NANOMECHANICS
Research Project 3
MSNE 621M.M.S. RESEARCH PROJECT I3
Professional Development
Select at least 1 course, but no more than 2 courses from the following:3-6
ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS
TECHNICAL AND MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATIONS
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS
ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP
MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
LEADERSHIP COACHING FOR ENGINEERS
SCIENCE POLICY, AND ETHICS
Elective Requirements
Select electives at the 500-level or above to fulfill the minimum credit hours 43-6
Total Credit Hours30

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the MMSNE Degree

Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering Graduate Program Handbook

For more detailed information regarding the MMSNE degree program policies, please see Materials Science and NanoEngineering department's Graduate Handbook, which can be found here: 
http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2017_18/Material_Science_Nano_Engineering_Graduate_Handbook.pdf.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.

For additional information, please see the Materials Science and Nanoengineering website: 
https://msne.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the MMSNE Degree

For additional information, please see the Materials Science and Nanoengineering website: 
https://msne.rice.edu/