ms-material-science-engineering-300x199FIU is a prime resource in materials science research, with facilities like the Motorola Nanofabrication Research Center in the Advanced Materials Research Institute and the Center for the Study of Matter at Extreme Conditions.

Every year, graduate faculty and researchers conduct advanced studies in metals and ceramics, biomaterials, electronic materials, polymeric materials, alloys, nanomaterials, plasma spray, vibration attenuation, and advanced synthesis and processing techniques.

The Master of Science (MS) in Materials Science and Engineering is available in either a thesis or a non-thesis program.

Major Areas of Specialization

  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electronic Materials
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers and Biomaterials
  • nanomaterials

Materials Science & Engineering Admission Requirements

Considering our program? You’ll need to meet the university requirements as well as the ones for our program (listed below). You must also have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited school.

If you’re an international student, you’ll need a degree from a school of higher learning authorized to grant degrees in your country.

The minimum requirements for admission into the Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering are:

  • Completed Graduate Application and fee ($30). Apply Now
  • Official transcripts from an accredited institution showing completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (upper division)
  • 3 Letters / Statement
  • GRE exams are not required, unless you are applying for financial aid.  For financial aid, must score a minimum of 143 verbal and 151 quantitative and 3.0 on the writing part of the examination. School Code 5206
  • TOEFL scores of at least (550 paper based, 213 computer based or 80 internet based); or IELTS overall band of at least 6.5. School Code 5206

Send your application and related documents to:

Florida International University
College of Engineering and Computing
10555 West Flagler Street, EC 2430
Attn: Graduate Admissions, Dean’s Office
Miami, FL 33174-1630, USA

You’ll be informed of the final admission decision when the Graduate School and the Faculty Committee of the academic department have reviewed your file.

Immunization Policy

As a prerequisite to registration, Florida International University requires all students born after December 31, 1956 to present documented proof of immunity to measles (Rubeola) and German measles (Rubella).

International Students

In addition to meeting all the admission requirements of FIU and the academic program, international students must obtain a student visa to attend classes in the United States.

Application Deadlines

Apply early! Submit your application and supporting documents by the Priority Consideration deadline dates.

Florida Residents

To claim in-state tuition, you must provide copies of two of the following documents showing Florida residency for at least the last 12 months prior to the beginning of the semester:

  • Florida voter registration information
  • Florida driver’s license or state ID
  • Florida vehicle registration information

You may also submit one of the documents above, accompanied by copies of at least two of the following documents:

  • Lease, rental or mortgage contract
  • Letter from utility company (Electric, telephone, cable, etc.)
  • Employment letter with current W-2 or W-4
  • Bank letter (indicating activity in account for 12 consecutive months)
  • Professional License
  • Current Florida Public School contract
  • In-state tuition receipt from another Florida State School (last 12 months)
  • Active Duty military orders
  • Warranty Deed
  • Declaration of Domicile

Need help? Get in touch:

Mais Kayyali
Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Phone: 305-348-2535
Location: 10555 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174, EC 2429

Sara-Michelle Lemus
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Phone: 305-348-1890
10555 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174, EC 2430

Non-Degree seeking students
A student is allowed to take classes as a non-degree seeking student while in the process of gaining acceptance into the graduate program they wish to pursue. The maximum amount of credits that may be later applied to the program is 12 (4 classes).

Financial Aid and Scholarships

FIU and the College of Engineering and Computing offer a variety of fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships to qualified domestic and international students. The amounts of these awards vary depending on the type of award, but they may provide full tuition and a monthly stipend.

Degree Requirements

The program is available in both a thesis and a non-thesis option. Thesis students complete a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of course work, plus six semester credits of Master’s Thesis Research, as well as a Graduate Seminar. Non-thesis students shall complete a minimum of 27 semester credits of graduate course work, one semester of Graduate Seminar, and a three-credit graduate project. All students are required to pass a comprehensive final examination.

To be eligible for a Master of Science (MS) in Materials Science and Engineering you must:

1. Satisfy all University requirements for a Master’s degree
2. Meet all undergraduate deficiencies, and requirements as specified by the student’s advisory committee
3. Complete all required semester hours of acceptable graduate level courses
4. Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all approved courses in the student’s program
5. Complete an acceptable thesis or final comprehensive examination (non-thesis)
6. Pass an oral examination that includes an oral defense of the thesis or graduate project

Thesis Option requirements

Successful completion of a minimum of 24 hours of graduate course work, including a minimum of six hours of 6000-level courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Successful completion of a six-credit master’s thesis. This includes:

  • Proposal and approval of a three-member Thesis Committee
  • Submission and subsequent approval of a Master’s Thesis proposal
  • Successful presentation and defense of the Master’s Thesis

Non-Thesis Option requirements

Successful completion of a minimum of 30 hours of graduate course work, including a maximum of nine hours of graduate level courses from other departments

  • Successful completion of a three-credit graduate project (independent study)

Course requirements

a. Successful completion of the graduate seminar course
b. Six credit hours of core course requirements
c. Six credit hours in the student’s major area of specialization
d. A maximum of three credit hours of independent study may be counted towards the MS

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