Engineering Graduate Studies

Graduate Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering

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The graduate certificate in material science and engineering offers courses focused on all classes of compounds - metals, ceramics, electronic materials, and polymers. Understanding materials properties and behaviors from the molecular level to the manufacturing scale provide a strong basis for materials selection, development, and advancement of specialized manufacturing methods.


The certificate program is structured to require 12 credit hours. Any four courses from the list below may be selected to complete the certificate. Each course is 3 cr hr.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

The certificate program is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes upon completion.

  • PLO 1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying the properties of materials.
  • PLO 2. Design and produce different devices that meet specified needs based on different materials.
  • PLO 3. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in materials science and engineering related to engineering manufacturing.
  • PLO 4. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions related to materials science and engineering.
  • PLO 5. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  • PLO 6. Communicate verbally or in writing through research papers, presentations, and inventions.
  • PLO 7. Manage a technical project related to materials science engineering related technical fields, research projects, or industries.

Admissions Requirements

Prospective students must have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related engineering field. Applicants with other engineering, engineering technology, or non-engineering STEM backgrounds, please contact the program director, Dr. Mohamed Samir Hefzy, to discuss requirements for admission.

Application Process

Admissions are made on an individual basis and take into account the applicant’s previous educational record and professional experience. Applications accepted at any time. There is no application deadline.

  • Completed and signed online Online Application Form
  • Transcripts from each institution attended showing degree obtained (exception: UT graduates)
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one must be from a professor or employer
  • TOEFL or IELTS for applicants whose degree is from a non-US institution
  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent cardholders: $45 non-refundable application fee
  • All others: $75 non-refundable application fee

If you are currently enrolled in an engineering MS or PhD program, you will need to add the certificate program to your matriculation prior to graduation and apply for graduation when you complete the certificate requirements. To add a graduate certificate to your current matriculation, submit a request to the College of Graduate Studies using the "Request to Add a Graduate Certificate Program" link on the Graduate tab in the myUT portal


Materials science and engineering is an interdisciplinary discipline. This certificate will provide additional technical credentials for applicants from all disciplines in engineering, as well as physics and chemistry.

For more information, please contact the program director: 

Dr. Mohamed Samir Hefzy
Professor and Graduate Program Director
Office: NI 4056
Phone: 419.530.8234 

Dr. Ahalapitiya (Jay) Jayatissa
Professor and Materials Science and Engineering Certificate Coordinator
Office: NI 4049
Phone: 419.530.8245

Last Updated: 5/17/24