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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Engineering, MS

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The MS Materials Engineering program is offered by the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering . the program provides advanced study of materials engineering topics with an emphasis on both the fundamental and applied aspects. A multidisciplinary 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 educational program has proven to be an important factor for a student’s future success including leading Silicon Valley companies and 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.

Faculty are actively involved in research areas including electronic and magnetic materials, nanomaterials, energy materials, structural materials, computations, polymers, composites, and biomaterials. Research activity is sponsored by local industries as well as by government funding agencies.

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

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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

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 meet the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement as a condition for advancement to candidacy. For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at

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:

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

Master’s Requirements (30 units)

Choose a Plan:

Total Units Required (30 units)

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