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
The professional master
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
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
For general university requirements, see the Rice University General Announcements.
Fall admission—January 15th
Spring admission—November 1st
Learn more about the Master of Materials Science and how to apply here.