Students who choose to complete a thesis must take at least 6 credits of thesis research (MATSE 600). A thesis describing independent research performed by the student must be written and defended at an oral examination. Bound copies will be made available for the University Libraries and the thesis adviser.
A thesis committee will administer the final oral examination of the thesis. The committee must consist of at least three Graduate Faculty members. The thesis must be accepted by the committee members, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School, and the student must pass the thesis defense.
At least 18 of the 30 credits for the thesis-based degree option must be formal coursework, not counting credits for research, professional development, or colloquium.
- Minimum total credits: 30 credits
- Minimum research credits: 6 credits
- Minimum formal course credits: 18 credits
- Minimum 500-level credits: 12 credits
- Core graduate course credits: 9 credits
- Seminar: 2 credits/year
- Scholarship and research integrity credits: Online training and 1 credit of MatSE 582 (Materials Science and Engineering Professional Development)
- Minimum GPA for graduation: 3.00
- Thesis requirement: A written thesis and an oral defense administered by a committee of 3 faculty members, with at least 2 from the iMatSE graduate program