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Advanced Materials Engineering (MS-MatE)
Basic Degree Information/Description
The College of Engineering has recently established a new interdisciplinary graduate program, Master of Science in Advanced Materials Engineering (MS-MatE). The new graduate degree program is administered across departmental boundaries within the College of Engineering. It is designed to attract and accommodate applicants with either science or engineering college degrees wishing to study materials engineering to enhance their job positions or research/leadership potentials.
The goal of the Master of Science in Advanced Materials Engineering program is to train graduate students with state-of-the-art technical knowledge and skill sets necessary for independent critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making to address multidisciplinary problems in materials engineering. The degree program also provides students with opportunities in taking multidisciplinary courses from within the College of Engineering and from other colleges at UTSA in order to enhance students' leadership, problem solving, and/or entrepreneurship skills. The new graduate degree program will be administered across departmental boundaries within the College of Engineering.
Graduates of the MS-MatE will be general practitioners and specialists, thus the degree program will provide the necessary balance between the fundamental and technical aspects of the field. All students will take core courses to achieve a common platform of understanding and knowledge covering topics in three interlinked areas: (a) Structure-function relationships in materials, which determine behavior at the macro-, micro-, nano-, molecular- and atomic-levels; (b) Synthesis, characterization and measurement of materials (ceramics, composites, metals, polymers, multifunctional and metamaterials) especially those with novel properties to address current and future technological challenges; and (c) Design and applications of materials that address critical issues facing society including energy, sustainability and health care.
Each student will choose one of the concentrations according to materials classifications and applications tailored to his or her specialities:
- Concentration I- Multifunctional Electronic, Dielectric, Photonic and Magnetic Materials
- Concentration II- Multifunctional Biomedical Materials
Interwoven in the two concentrations will be concepts of computational modeling that develops new materials with novel properties and responses for targeted applications.
- Interdisciplinary curriculum (taking courses from Materials Engineering, Management of Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bio-Engineering, and other science and engineering disciplines across departmental boundaries).
- State-of-the-art technical knowledge and skill training
- Internship and Fellowship opportunities
- Pathways to Doctoral Programs and leadership job opportunities in Materials Sciences and Engineering
Graduates will have advanced knowledge and capability to solve problems related to the synthesis, characterization, design, and application of materials. Graduates choosing biomedical material concentration will also be a job-ready workforce for the continued growth of biotechnology.
- Thesis Option: 30 Semester Credit Hours
- Non-Thesis Option: 33 Semester Credit Hours
- For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
- Required Degree: A bachelor's degree in any discipline of engineering, materials science, physics or chemistry.
- Other Degree Requirements: None.
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: None.
- Letters of Recommendation: Yes.
- Statement of Purpose: A statement of research experience, interests and goals.
- Test Scores: A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test as evaluated by the Admissions Committee, not older than five years. An applicant's performance on the GRE is considered with other criteria when making an admission or competitive fellowship decision but will not be used as the sole or primary criterion to end consideration of the applicant.
- Other: A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate studies.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Career Options Available
Graduates from our MS-MatE program will have the knowledge and skills needed to design and apply new materials as sensors and actuators; they may apply for positions in nanotechnology and electroceramics companies. They may take on R&D or supervisory roles in many companies especially those in energy, communications, transportation, healthcare, defense, and the environmental emphasis. The graduates have the option to apply to PhD programs in EE, BME, or Materials Science and Engineering at UTSA or elsewhere. MS students may also apply for positions with the biomedical industries or the federal agencies (FDA, etc) after graduation.
Research Taking Place in the M.S. in Advanced Materials Engineering Program
Research in multifunctional materials and biomaterials are multidisciplinary and translational, with wide range of applications. Examples of current research areas of focus are:
- Multifunctional and Multiferroic Sensors and Tunable Sensors
- Piezoelectric and Ferroelectric Actuators and Energy harvesting schemes
- Oxides-Based Microwave and Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
- MetaMaterials (Engineered Composites) Simulation, Fabrication, and Characterization
- Resonance Enhanced Processes for Energy Transduction and Efficiency
- Tissue engineering and drug deliveries for bone and cardiovascular applications
- Bone mechanics and cardiovascular mechanics
- Dental materials
- Cellular engineering
- Tissue-implant interfaces
UTSA has submitted the appropriate documentation for SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation for the new MS-MatE Program in Advanced Materials Engineering.