There is no comprehensive course requirement for the Ph.D. degree; only a few courses are mandatory. The faculty recommends that the student take a minimum of 36 units of graduate or upper-division course work covering all five areas of study in Materials Science and Engineering:
- Thermodynamic Foundation of Materials (MSE 201-209)
- Crystal Structure and Bonding (MSE 210-219)
- Materials Characterization Techniques (MSE 220-229)
- Functional Materials (MSE 230-239)
- Materials Synthesis and Processing (MSE 240-249)
Students must enroll in MSE 200 the first time it is offered during their residency. Students must enroll in MSE 250 during all quarters of residency and must obtain a letter grade in an MSE 250-259 course once during each academic year of residency except for the first one.
The courses may include graduate course work used for the M.S. degree. The course of study needs to be approved each quarter by the research advisor (when determined) and the MSE graduate advisor. Students may need to take considerably more than the courses indicated above to prepare for and conduct their Ph.D. research.