Graduate Programs in Materials
The University of Wisconsin offers two graduate degrees in materials: one in materials science, the other in materials engineering. Both degrees require students to perform cutting-edge independent research with the support of their advisors and thesis committee members. Both degrees are primarily designed for Ph.D. students, although a Masters degree with thesis is also offered. Non-thesis (coursework only) Masters degrees are not offered.
All students can expect to be supported as fellows, research assistants, or (in a few rare cases) teaching assistants for the duration of their graduate study in materials at UW.
A student in this program will study materials as a modern foundational engineering discipline, underlying design and performance throughout engineering, and informed by traditional engineering disciplines of metallurgy, ceramics, and polymers. Students must complete a program of specialized coursework developed by the student and the advisor.
A student in this program will study materials as an interdisciplinary subject at the intersection of chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and the engineering disciplines. He or she must satisfy a minimal set of required courses, then a course plan of advanced graduate level courses developed by the student and the advisor.