Graduate Program

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Engineering in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Master of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

The program of study for the master or doctor of philosophy degree in metallurgical and materials engineering is selected by the student with advice from his/her advisor and with approval of the thesis committee. There are three areas of specialization: physical and mechanical Metallurgy; physicochemical processing of materials; and ceramic engineering.

Program Requirements

Master of Engineering

i) A minimum of 24 credit hours of approved course work. M.E. students must also complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of research credits. The total credit hours for the degree must be 30 or greater. Only 3 credit hours of independent study, e.g. MTGN 599 can be applied toward the degree.

ii) M.E. students must assemble a committee with three or more members. The committee includes the advisor, selected to help the student determine the topic and advise the student as they assemble information for the report, and at least three additional members from the MME Department. Prior to the end of the student’s first semester, the committee and the DH need to approve the Admission to Candidacy, which includes the course list selected for the degree.

iii) M.E. students must submit an Engineering Report, which presents the results of a case study or an engineering development, to their Engineering Report Committee. They must also defend the Engineering Report in an oral presentation to the committee.

Master of Science

i) A minimum of 18 credit hours of approved course work. M.S. students must also complete a minimum of 6 credits hours of research. The total credit hours for the M.S. degree must be 30 or greater. Only 3 credit hours of independent study, e.g. MTGN 599, can be applied toward the degree.

ii) M.S. students must assemble a committee with three or more members. The committee includes the advisor and at least 1 additional member from the MME Department. The committee and the DH need to approve all courses.

iii) M.S. students must submit a thesis and successfully defend it in an oral presentation to the Thesis Committee in a public meeting. The thesis must present the results of original scientific research or development.

iv) M.S. students must have at least 1 manuscript submitted or ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal or high quality conference proceedings before the thesis defense.

Doctor of Philosophy

i) A minimum of 36 credit hours of approved course work. Ph.D. students must also take a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate research. The total credit hours for a Ph.D. degree must be 72 or greater. Only 6 credit hours of independent study, e.g. MTGN 599, can be applied toward the degree. Credit hours earned for a Master’s degree may be applied toward the Doctoral degree if approved and provided that the Master’s degree was in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering or a similar field. For students with graduate credit from another institution, at least 21 credit hours of approved course work must be taken at the Colorado School of Mines.

ii) Ph.D. students must assemble a committee with 5 or more members. The thesis committee should consist of the advisor, at least 2 additional members from the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, and at least 1 member from outside the Department. The committee and the DH need to approve all courses and any applicable Master’s degree credit hours.

iii) A passing grade on the written and oral Qualifying-Process Examinations must be obtained. Students can take qualifying exams in one of three areas: Physicochemical Processing of Materials, Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy, or Ceramic Engineering. There are both written and oral components to each qualifying exam.

iv) A proposal on the Thesis-Research Project must be presented to the Thesis Committee within 6 months after completing the Qualifying-Process Examinations.

v)  It is strongly recommended that a Progress Report on the Research Project be presented to the Thesis Committee.The presentation should be scheduled approximately 9 months before the anticipated Thesis Defense date.

vi) Ph.D. students must submit a thesis and successfully defend it in an oral presentation to the Thesis Committee in a public meeting. The thesis must present the results of original scientific research or development.

vii) Ph.D. students must have at least 2 manuscripts submitted or ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal before the thesis defense; alternatively, 1 manuscript can be submitted to a high quality conference proceedings.

Prerequisites

The entering graduate student must have completed an undergraduate program equivalent to that required for the B.S. Degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field. A background in science fundamentals and engineering principles is essential to being accepted and doing well in the graduate program. A student having the background, but not a particular prerequisite will be allowed to take these course deficiencies at the beginning of their program of study.

Acceptance Requirements

The minimum requirements for acceptance are: 1) Quantitative GRE: 60th percentile and 2) Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Note: achieving these levels does not guarantee acceptance into the MME program.

Materials Science

Colorado School of Mines also offers MS and PhD degrees via the Materials Science program. This interdisciplinary program involves faculty from the departments of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Physics.

Research Areas

  • Synthesis, processing, and characterization of photovoltaic materials
  • Optical phenomena of interfaces and composites
  • High-Tc superconductors
  • Dielectrics and piezoelectrics
  • Glasses and crystallizable glasses for electronics
  • Ferroelectrics and ferroelectric thin films
  • Porous ceramics and ceramic fibers
  • Combustion synthesis of advanced materials
  • Welding and joining of metals and dissimilar materials (including ceramics and composites)
  • Laser Processing of Materials
  • Physical metallurgy
  • Mechanical metallurgy
  • Processing microstructure and properties of advanced steels
  • Oxidation and corrosion of metals and ceramics
  • Interfacial phenomena
  • Surface characterization of materials
  • Composite materials
  • Preparation of ceramic powders
  • Pyro-, hydro-, and electro-metallurgy
  • Processing of industrial wastes
  • Plasma synthesis and processing
  • Computer simulation techniques for design of new high performance materials
  • Thinfilm/coating, processing, and characterization
  • Environmentally benign materials processes
  • Semiconductor materials
  • Powder metallurgy
  • Aerospace structural materials
  • Failure analysis and fracture mechanics of materials
  • Forming of metals and other materials
  • Fatigue of materials