Whether you intend to pursue research or are seeking advancement, higher pay or job security, now is a good time to pursue a Master of Science degree in Engineering, with a concentration in Materials Engineering.
UWM, one of Wisconsin’s two R1 research universities, is located in one of the largest manufacturing centers in the nation, and graduates of this program are in high demand.
The flexible program welcomes those whose undergraduate degrees were in materials science & engineering and related disciplines such as chemistry, physics and other fields within engineering.
Qualified UWM undergraduate students can apply to begin this program during their senior year by participating in the integrated BS-MS Program.
Boost Your Career Prospects
Overall employment of materials scientists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029. Those with advanced degrees are expected to have the best opportunities.*
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
UWM students can get a career boost from hands-on, guided access to advanced instrumentation (in the Advanced Analysis Facility).
Students can also train in our small-scale foundry. We’re a world leader in foundry-produced advanced materials that have applications in transportation, energy conservation, water and biomedical industries.
What to Expect
This program provides a broad background in fundamental and emerging aspects of materials engineering. As you complete your studies, you will have the following options:
Thesis option; non-thesis option
The thesis option is designed for people planning to pursue research. Students complete an original thesis research project, supervised by a faculty advisor.
The non-thesis option is designed for working professionals. In lieu of a thesis, students take an additional seven hours of coursework.
Tailoring your coursework
Your coursework can be tailored to incorporate topics that directly relate to your interests and goals. Fundamentals within the materials engineering field (such as Thermodynamics of Materials or Advanced Mechanical Behavior) can be combined with courses such as Deformation Processing or Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing. Electives from other engineering and science areas can be incorporated to give additional flexibility to your program.
Research Assistantships / Teaching Assistantship
Most students choose to incorporate Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Research Assistantships (RAs) during their graduate study which helps to fund their education while also building leadership skills. Assistantship decisions are made by the academic departments only after an applicant has been accepted into the program.
You’ll have the opportunity work with faculty engaged in leading-edge research in areas such as:
- Materials for energy storage
- Polymer solar cells
- Adsorbents and membranes to remove water contaminants
- Membranes for energy-efficient chemical separations
- Manufacturing processes
- Structural analysis of aerospace materials
- Application of nanomaterials in construction
- Self-healing metals and advanced metal-matrix composites.
For a full list of our college’s research labs, centers and institutes, click here.