Materials Science and Engineering Master's Degree

The materials science master’s degree at Stevens is an interdisciplinary program offering a Master of Science or a Master of Engineering. Students enrolled in the master's program can additionally choose among two interdisciplinary degree concentrations offered jointly with other engineering or science departments: nanotechnology and microelectronics and photonics science.

By the end of this program, students will be able to:  

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the foundations of materials science and engineering including multi-scale structures, mass transport, thermodynamics and mathematical basics in the processing-structure-properties-performance paradigm
  • Take an interdisciplinary approach to identifying, designing, fabricating and characterizing materials of desired functionality and performance characteristics at multi-length scales using fundamental scientific and engineering principles with modern experimental and analytical tools
  • Critically think and evaluate the quality of their own work and others’ for problem-solving, research and development in the materials field
  • Communicate orally and in writing the technical, scientific and societal importance of research results
  • Adapt to changing technological and societal needs with interdisciplinary exposure and appreciation of the benefit and fulfillment of lifelong learning

Concentrations Include:


(Interdisciplinary: CEMS, CCB, ME, PHY)

The goal of the nanotechnology program is to create a vibrant interdisciplinary environment that provides stimulating and cross-fertilizing educational training in nanotechnology to contribute to the Institute’s research excellence in related frontiers while preserving strong disciplinary fundamentals.


(Interdisciplinary: CEMSECEPHY)

Microelectronics research investigates semiconductor materials and device physics for developing electronic and photonic devices and integrated circuits with data/energy efficient performance in terms of speed, power consumption, and functionality. Photonics research studies laser devices, detectors, sensors, optical systems, and the effects of quantum mechanics on the behavior of electron and photon interaction.

Below are some of the typical courses available in this program.

Core Courses Include:

  • Thermodynamics of Materials
  • Structure and Diffraction
  • Principles of Inorganic Materials
  • Soft Matter Physics
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Materials Science and Engineering*

*Required for all students.


Electives Include: 

  • Mechanical Behavior of Solids
  • Solar Energy: Fundamentals
  • Composite Materials
  • Techniques of Surface and Nanostructure Characterization
  • Solar Energy: System Design
  • Solid State Electronics for Engineering II
  • Reliability and Failure of Solid State Devices
  • Microfabrication Techniques
  • Thermodynamics and Reaction Kinetics of Solids
  • Polymer Properties and Structure




If you have existing graduate credits or experience in this area of study, contact [email protected] to discuss opportunities to include it in the curriculum.