A distinguishing responsibility of materials scientists and engineers is that they create, design, and improve products that are vital to our society. Today’s high technology areas of biomedicine, electronic device processing, ceramics, plastics, and other high-performance materials are generating opportunities for innovative solutions that may be provided by the unique background materials scientists and engineers possess.
Materials engineering professionals are highly sought by many industries, including the chemical, petrochemical, plastics, electrochemical, industrial ceramics, semiconductor, biochemical/biomedical, and environmental engineering fields. Stevens provides exciting and multi-disciplinary research in materials science, with active and well-equipped research laboratories in polymer processing, biopolymers, highly filled materials, microchemical systems, tissue engineering, high-performance coatings, photonic devices and systems, and nanotechnology.
Admission to the Stevens materials science and engineering doctoral program is based on evidence that a student will prove capable of scholarly specialization in a broad intellectual foundation of a related discipline. The master’s degree is strongly recommended for students entering the doctoral program. Applicants without the master’s degree will normally be enrolled in the master’s program.
Eighty-four credits of graduate work in an approved program of study are required beyond the bachelor’s degree; this may include up to 30 credits obtained in a master’s degree program, if the area of the master's degree is relevant to the doctoral program. A doctoral dissertation for a minimum of 30 credits and based on the results of the student's original research, carried out under the guidance of a faculty member and defended in a public examination, is a major component of the doctoral program. The Ph.D. qualifying exam consists of a written and an oral exam. Students are strongly encouraged to take the qualifying exam within two semesters of enrollment in the graduate program. A minimum of 3.5 GPA must be satisfied in order to take the exam. A time limit of six years is set for completion of the doctoral program.
The dissertation for the doctoral program can be completed by participating in one of the following research programs of the department.