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Doctor of Philosophy in the Science of Advanced Materials

Minimum Total for Graduation: 60 hours

Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy


The science of materials combines elements of chemistry, physics and biology, and requires a solid background in mathematics. The CMU Science of Advanced Materials (SAM) Ph.D. program is designed to create a correspondingly interdisciplinary environment that will train effective researchers without erecting artificial boundaries between disciplines. The formal coursework focuses on the scientific framework for studying materials and is organized around the themes of modeling, characterization, and synthesis. These are the key methodologies employed in materials research and the SAM program emphasizes the synergy among them.

The curriculum for the SAM program includes the following components: core courses that establish a solid foundation in the science of materials; elective courses in a number of specialized areas; seminar courses focusing on the current SAM literature and developing essential skills in scientific communication; and the dissertation.

Students may enter the program with diverse backgrounds, but a Master's degree in a relevant field is required.

Students in the SAM program may apply for support as teaching or research assistants. Students will normally work as teaching assistants during their first two years and as research assistants during the final two to three years of the program.

Contact: Jessica Lapp, Coordinator, E&T Building 228, 989-774-4401

Program Requirements:

Science of Advanced Materials

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