Department of Materials Science and Engineering is actively working in important contemporary areas of research such as biomaterials, solar cell, battery and fuel cell materials.
The educational goals of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are to cultivate engineers who are both experts and humanitarians, who possess creativity, and who acquire experience through the reinforcement of experimentation and practice. Graduate students achieve these goals by both attending lecture courses and carrying out their own research project, culminating in the submission of a thesis.
The graduate program aims at instruction of the highest level of academic theory, towards enhancing the research abilities of students. Applicants should have earned an undergraduate degree in good standing in an engineering discipline. Candidates from other backgrounds may be considered if they have suitable qualifications and interests. Students must pass a foreign language and a qualifying examination. Master's degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 24 credits and submit a thesis based on a research project. These requirements should be fulfilled between two to three years of enrollment.
Ph.D. candidates undertake an individual research project under the general direction of a supervisor and prepare a dissertation presenting their work and findings. The dissertation, which is examined by at least 5 committee members, must make a substantial contribution to the scientific or engineering fields.
In addition, students are required to earn a minimum of 36 credits. Students should pass a foreign language test and a qualifying examination to present their thesis. Degrees are conferred to those who fulfill the requirements between two to five years of enrollment.