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MSc Materials Science and Engineering

The Materials Science and Engineering degree at Portland State University is intended for students interested in the application of materials science to engineering problems without the emphasis on the engineering and design process.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $736 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

The Materials Science and Engineering degree at Portland State University recognizes advanced coursework and research that blends basic materials science with fundamental engineering principles and practice. Closely tied to industry needs and applications, the program supports research in metallurgy, semiconductor materials, composites, welding and joining, photovoltaic manufacturing, and materials testing.

Current faculty research includes high strength alloys, electroslag welding technology, acoustic emission methods, modeling of molding and casting, chemical-mechanical planarization, and heat treatment.

The flexibility of the program structure encourages students to explore research in conventional disciplines as well as those in inter- or multi-disciplines. The program features research thrusts spanning a wide range of cutting-edge and cross-disciplinary areas.


Courses Included

  • Engineering Materials Science
  • Phase Transformations and Kinetics in Materials
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy for Materials and Device Characterization
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy and Chemical Analysis of Materials
  • Materials Failure Analysis
  • Introduction to Electronic Packaging