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. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Students pursuing the MMSNE degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level study (coursework at the 500-level or above).
  • A minimum of 24 credit hours must be taken at Rice University.
  • A minimum residency enrollment of one fall or spring semester of part-time graduate study at Rice University.
  • The requirements for one area of specialization. The MMSNE degree program offers two areas of specialization:
    • Materials Science, or
    • NanoEngineering. 
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.67.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in required coursework with a minimum grade of B- (2.67 grade points) in each course.

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.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this degree program. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the program's academic advisor, or where applicable, the department or program's Director of Graduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the department or program's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MMSNE Degree30

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
Select 3 from the following: 19
MECH PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
THERMODYNAMICS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE
MICROSTRUCTURE AND NANOSTRUCTURE EVOLUTION
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF SOLIDS
PHYSICAL METALLURGY
ELECTRONIC, OPTICAL AND MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF POLYMERS
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY & DIFFRACTION
Technical Electives
Select 9 credit hours from the following: 1,29
SCALING CONCEPTS IN 2D MATERIALS AND POLYMER PHYSICS
STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF POLYMERS AND SOFT MATERIALS
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
MSNE 621M.M.S. RESEARCH PROJECT I3
MSNE 622M.M.S. RESEARCH PROJECT II 33
Professional Development
Select at least 1 from the following: 3
TECHNICAL AND MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATIONS
LEADING TEAMS AND INNOVATION
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS
ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP
ENGINEERING PRACTICUM 4
COMMUNICATION FOR ENGINEERS: BUILDING A PRACTICAL TOOLBOX
STRATEGIC THINKING FOR COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING
MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
LEADERSHIP COACHING FOR ENGINEERS
SCIENCE POLICY, AND ETHICS
Elective Requirements
Select 3 credit hours of remaining coursework from approved electives at the 500-level or above to reach 30 total credit hours 33
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/2018_19/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.

Additional Information 

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

Opportunities for the MMSNE Degree

Additional Information 

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