WPI’s full-time or part-time masters in material science lets you work among many disciplines to learn how best to work with, develop, and improve the uses of a nearly endless arrangement of materials in scales such as nano, micro, and macro.
In our state-of-the-art labs, you’ll apply new materials to existing engineering applications and the property of matter to various areas of science and engineering. If you’re fascinated by how materials properties change and perform based on different manufacturing process parameters and environmental applications, you’ll find many opportunities for investigating that here.
You’ll explore the structure, properties, processing, kinetics, thermodynamics, and performance of existing materials and develop improved processes to make new materials for fields involving medical devices, health care, energy, and nanotechnology. As a student in our masters in material science program, you’ll apply your wide-ranging knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology, and math with mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering principles to uncover previously unknown uses and properties of materials.
As a student in the master’s in material science, your fundamental course work includes courses in Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials, Advanced Thermodynamics, X-Ray Diffraction, Analytical Methods in Materials Engineering, and Phase Transformations in Materials. Once the required courses are complete, you'll have the option to continue with a thesis or non-thesis option.
Research for Master in Materials Science
WPI’s facilities support a range of materials research where you’ll be able to experiment with the structure of materials to see what they are capable of.
WPI students pursuing a master's in materials engineering perform breakthrough materials research alongside faculty from many disciplines. WPI’s varied research facilities offer equipment and space to conduct experiments on many materials to discover their behaviors in different conditions and new uses and applications based on your findings.
Students pursuing a master's in materials science and engineering have access to conduct research through the Metal Processing Institute which includes three centers that support pre-competitive fundamental research, large-scale federally funded government projects, and proprietary research for MPI members.
Current materials science and engineering research:
- Optimizing disassembly of electric car battery packs at end-of-life
- A closed-loop process for recycling spent lithium-ion batteries
- Fatigue behavior of additively manufactured alloys
Graduate Studies Series
Learn from our enrollment team members and other guests by attending quick and convenient 30-minute webinars we designed to highlight popular topics when starting grad school. Take a deep dive into specific areas of interest such as how to secure funding, how to ace your application, an overview of student services, and more!
Dive Into the Manufacturing Process with an MS in Materials Process Engineering.
Maybe you’re interested in materials science and engineering, but are looking to specialize in the materials process field? Our MS in materials process engineering is perfect for those individuals looking to become entrepreneurs or even executives in the manufacturing process industry. With courses offered part-time and full-time online and on-campus, this master’s program is the perfect fit for working professionals looking to get an edge in their career.
Already Have Your Master’s in Materials Science? Earn Your PhD.
Whether you have a master’s in materials science or another related MS program, our adaptable PhD in materials science will enable you to gain knowledge in the science behind metals, composites, and more through hands-on learning opportunities. Our expert faculty and research-focused Metals Processing Institute will give you the exposure you need to design and develop materials solutions that make a real impact.
Are You an Undergrad Just Starting to Explore Career Options? Consider a Materials Minor.
Maybe you’re an undergraduate student intrigued by materials science, but not sure you want to commit to it as a career path? A minor in materials engineering can provide a broad overview of the industry as you learn about the properties of materials and how they change during processing.