The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Graduate Record represents the official repository for academic graduate program requirements. This publication may be found at www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/grad.html.
The purpose of this distance learning program is to provide graduate level instruction in Materials Science and Engineering to industrial personnel throughout the State of Virginia and beyond. Courses may be taken either for credit leading to a Master of Materials Science and Engineering (MMSE) degree or for general information.
The courses are taught live in Charlottesville in the afternoon or early evening to graduate students at UVA and transmitted simultaneously to enrolled students. Two-way video and audio communication capabilities allow online learners to have direct interaction with the classroom. The lectures are video streamed so that any student who must miss a regularly scheduled class due to job commitments can view the lecture later.
Applicants for the MMSE Degree program must have a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or related fields from a recognized college or university. Students may take classes individually, or may apply to the MMSE-VEO degree program. Classes taken before being admitted to the degree program may count towards the student’s degree requirements if the student chooses later to pursue a degree and the series of courses meet both the MMSE degree requirements and the approval of the program director. The GRE is not required when applying to this online ME degree. The application process is considered on-going, and will include official transcripts from prior educational institutions and three letters of reference. For more information on the admission requirements and procedures click here.
- The requirement for the MMSE degree is the successful completion of 30 semester hours of graduate-level coursework (10 courses). It may be accomplished in 3-5 years or less by taking one or more courses per semester. No thesis is required.
- The degree must be completed within 7 years. An extension can be granted upon submission of a petition to the Graduate Studies Committee.
- Up to 15 hours of transfer credit is accepted from other institutions participating in the online graduate engineering consortium. A transfer form should be submitted for each course taken at other participating universities.
- Up to 6 credits of electives may be earned in faculty-supervised independent study or advanced topics courses. Earning these credits usually involved student participation in ongoing research projects at MSE/UVA, and is not common for Virginia Engineering Online students.
- The majority of courses (at least 6) should be MSE courses. The inclusion of each non-MSE course into the plan of study should be approved by the faculty advisor.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. For more information on the degree requirements, visit the UVA MSE department’s webpages.
- More information on courses offered by the department can be found at the Materials Science and Engineering portion of the
UVA Graduate Record Course Descriptions.
Assessment Forms – Three assessment forms are required for all Master of Engineering students. The following three forms should be completed by a faculty member in the department and submitted to the departmental Graduate Administrator:
Plan of Study
A faculty advisor is available to provide assistance in the selection of courses which will constitute an approved Plan of Study. A Plan of Study should be submitted by mid-term of the second semester and has to be approved by the faculty advisor. The plan can be altered later if program changes are made.
A Plan of Study leading to the MMSE degree must include four “core” courses:
- Electronic and Crystal Structure of Materials (MSE 6010)
- Defects and Microstructure in Materials (MSE 6020)
- Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria in Materials (MSE 6230)
- Kinetics of Transport and Transformations in Materials (MSE 6240)
The following courses are offered on irregular basis, once per 5-9 years.
- Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties of Materials (MSE 6167)
- Characterization of Materials (MSE 6120)
- Chemical and Electrochemical Properties (MSE 6080)
- Deformation and Fracture of Structural Materials (MSE 6320)
- Physical Metallurgy of Transition-Element Alloys (MSE 6340)
- Physical Metallurgy of Light Alloys (MSE 6350)
- Introduction to Atomistic Simulations (MSE 6270)
- Transmission Electron Microscopy (MSE 6130)
- Scanning Electron Microscopy and Related Techniques (MSE 6160)
- Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MSE 6140)
- Thin Film Growth (MSE 6640)
- Deformation and Fracture of Materials (MSE 7320)
- Phase Transformations (MSE 7340)
- Advanced Electrochemistry (MSE 7080)
- Physics of Materials (MSE 7140)
- Surface Science (MSE 7220)
- Diffusional Processes in Materials (MSE 7240)
- Nanomaterials (MSE 6310)
- Materials Informatics (MSE 6592)
- Nanoscience (MSE xxxx)
Recommended sequence of courses: from MSE 6230 to MSE 6240; from MSE 6230 to MSE 7340; from MSE 6080 to MSE 7080; from MSE 6320 to MSE 7320; from MSE 6230 & MSE 6010 to MSE 6020. In cases when it is not possible to take courses in the suggested order, student should contact instructor for permission and information on the background reading materials that can help to prepare for the course.
Long Range Course Planning
MSE plans to offer the following courses in future terms:
Characterization of Materials (MSE 6120) – James Fitz-Gerald
Dielectrics, Electronic Oxides and Devices (MSE6592) – Jon Ihlefeld
High-Temperature Oxidation (MSE 6592) – Elizabeth Opila
Introduction to Atomistic Modeling (MSE 6270) – Leonid Zhigilei
Chemical and Electrochemical Properties (MSE 6080) – Giovanni Zangari
Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials (MSE 6167) – Petra Reinke
Electronic and Crystal Structure of Materials (MSE 6010) – Jerrold Floro
MSE Elective – TBD
Defects and Microstructure in Materials (MSE 6020) – Sean Agnew
Deformation and Fracture of Structural Materials (MSE 6320) – James Burns
Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria of Materials (MSE 6230) – Elizabeth Opila
MSE Elective – TBD
Kinetics of Transport and Transformation in Materials (MSE 6240)
Physical Metallurgy (MSE 5350) – Jimmy Burns
Note: “MSE Elective, TBD” is an MSE course that is not part of the 4-course MSE core.
Previously offered online courses:
Fall 2018 – MSE 6230: Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria of Materials
Fall 2018 – MSE 7220: Surface Science
Spring 2018 – MSE 6270: Introduction to Atomistic Simulations
Spring 2018 – MSE 6350: Physical Metallurgy of Light Alloys
Fall 2017 – MSE 7140: Physics of Materials
Fall 2017 – MSE 6010: Electronic and Crystal Structure of Materials
Spring 2017 – MSE 6020: Defects and Microstructure in Materials
Spring 2017 – MSE 6320: Deformation and Fracture of Structural Materials
Fall 2016 – MSE 6120: Characterization of Materials
Spring 2016 – MSE 6240: Kinetics of Transport and Transformations in Materials
Spring 2016 – MSE 6167: Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials
Spring 2016 – MSE 6080: Chemical and Electrochemical Properties
Fall 2015 – MSE 6230: Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria of Materials
Fall 2015 – MSE 7080: Advanced Electrochemistry
Spring 2015 – MSE 6020: Defects and Microstructure in Materials
Spring 2015 – MSE 6320: Deformation and Fracture of Structural Materials
Spring 2015 – MSE 7340: Phase Transformations
Fall 2014 – MSE 6010: Electronic and Crystal Structure of Materials
Fall 2014 – MSE 6310: Nanomaterials
Fall 2014 – MSE 7320: Deformation and Fracture of Structural Materials
Spring 2014 – MSE 6060: Structure and Properties of Materials II
Spring 2014 – MSE 6320: Deformation and Fracture of Structural Materials
Fall 2013 – MSE 6050: Structure and Properties of Materials I
Fall 2013 – MSE 7140: Physics of Materials
Spring 2013 – MSE 6167: Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials
Spring 2013 – MSE 6240: Kinetics of Transport and Transformations in Materials
Fall 2012 – MSE 6230: Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria of Materials
Fall 2012 – MSE 6310: Nanomaterials
Fall 2012 – MSE7340: Phase Transformations