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Chemical and Materials Engineering Department

MS - Materials Engineering

The MS Materials Engineering program provides advanced study of materials engineering topics with emphasis on both the fundamental and applied aspects. A multi-disciplinary approach to education is evident in the materials engineering program's specialization areas of semiconductor processing, polymers, ceramics, structural materials, and biomaterials. Elective courses are also available in science, business, and other engineering fields. This broad-based, multi-disciplinary education has proven to be an important factor for a student's future success, either at leading Silicon Valley companies or in Ph.D. programs. Class schedules are designed for the convenience of employed engineers who wish to pursue graduate work on a part-time basis.

The faculty are actively involved in research in a number of areas including electronic and magnetic materials, microelectronics processing, nanomaterials, MEMS, microelectronic packaging, polymers, composites and biomaterials. Research activity is sponsored by local industries as well as by government funding agencies.

The Materials Engineering program welcomes students with undergraduate degrees in a variety of other engineering and science disciplines.

For more information visit the department website: http://bcme.sjsu.edu or email: bme-engineering@sjsu.edu.

Program Objectives

The MATE Master's program is designed to produce graduates who:

  • Are able to solve complex engineering problems and tasks, and use engineering, science and statistics principles to justify recommendations.
  • Are able to evaluate the impact of their work on society, including ethical, economic, global and environmental aspects.
  • Can deliver effective presentations of engineering results in written and oral formats.
  • Have life-long learning skills and are able to apply their engineering knowledge to critically evaluate relevant literature and new technologies or systems.
  • Are effective leaders, capable of working in diverse environments.
  • Are able to apply their engineering education to a variety of career paths.

Requirements for Admission

Students can be admitted with conditionally classified standing if they have a MATE degree from a US accredited university in which they obtained a 2.7-2.99 GPA in the last 60 units; a MatE degree from a non-US institution; or if they have a BS degree in a related discipline, such as chemical engineering, chemistry, biology, or physics from an accredited institution. Students with conditionally classified standing will take a series of transition courses. Once these are completed satisfactorily, students can petition from classified standing. For more information on the transition courses, contact the graduate coordinator at bme-engineering@sjsu.edu.

Requirements for Candidacy

Students must meet the university requirements for candidacy which includes successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). The University requires that all graduate students on Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" for details. For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at www.sjsu.edu/gape.

Course Requirements

To meet the requirements for the MS - Materials Engineering degree, a student must complete 30 units of approved courses. Students must achieve a minimum of a "C" in each course and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Students must complete a written thesis or project report and an oral defense of their thesis or project. Either Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (project) will be chosen in consultation with the student's SJSU research advisor. Minimum requirements for each plan are as follows:


Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.
Requirements of the Masters30
Choose a Plan
Plan A (Thesis)30
Core Coursework16
MATE 205. Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Solids3
MATE 210. Experimental Methods in Materials Engineering3
MATE 215. Solid State Materials Engineering3
MATE 241. Advanced Methods of Materials Characterization3
MATE 251. Advanced Solid State Thermodynamics3
MATE 281. MS Thesis/Project Preparation Seminar1
Approved Electives9
Culminating Experience5
MATE 298. MS Research/Project2
MATE 299. Master's Thesis3
Plan B (Project)30
Core Coursework28
MATE 205. Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Solids3
MATE 210. Experimental Methods in Materials Engineering3
MATE 215. Solid State Materials Engineering3
MATE 241. Advanced Methods of Materials Characterization3
MATE 251. Advanced Solid State Thermodynamics3
MATE 281. MS Thesis/Project Preparation Seminar1
Approved Electives12
Culminating Experience2
MATE 298. MS Research/Project2

Total Units:30