Materials Science & Nanoengineering

Materials Science & Nanoengineering

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Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering (MSNE)

Phone: 713.348.3698

Professional Master's Degree

Master of Materials Science (MMSNE)

The Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University offers a non-thesis (professional) master’s degree of Materials Science (MMSNE) in two focus areas: Materials Science and NanoEngineering.

Students are expected to complete 30 semester hours of courses approved by the department (a one-semester course is usually three semester hours credit). Of these 30 hours, at least 24 must be taken at Rice. Requirements and specific courses to be taken depend on each student’s field of study. Students must have their individual degree plans and programs of study approved by their advisors.

The professional master degree program is designed for students who have shown academic excellence in their undergraduate studies, and engineering professionals who wish to delve more deeply into engineering subject matter, increase opportunities for industry advancement and enhance their technical skills and training. Courses include materials science and nanoengineering specializations, as well as business, management and communication disciplines. Professional development seminars and career workshops are also offered.

Students not only focus on increasing their engineering abilities, but also round out their education with training in entrepreneurship, project management, networking and leadership, preparing them for industry and business with an advanced understanding of both the theories and applications of materials science and nanotechnology.

For more details about the two focus areas of the MMSNE degree, please see the degree requirements and sample curriculum. For general university requirements, see the Rice University General Announcements. 

Application deadlines

Fall admission—January 15th

Spring admission—November 1st

Learn more about the Master of Materials Science and how to apply here.