Information for prospective students of the Materials Science and Engineering program at Montana Tech

Materials Science and Engineering

Information for Prospective Students

FAQs – Materials Science Ph.D. Program

The following information addresses frequently asked questions from prospective Materials Science Ph.D. students:

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  • Students with a bachelor’s degree (minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA) or a master’s degree in a STEM discipline are encouraged to apply.
  • Students in the Masters of Materials Science and Engineering Program who wish to enter the Materials Science Ph.D. program must apply to and be admitted to the Ph.D. program – the transition is not automatic.
  • The MTSI Ph.D. program generally accepts new students only for the Fall Semester. Applicants should plan to submit a complete application package by January 1. Late applications may receive consideration in the event that funded graduate research assistantships are or become available prior to the beginning of the Fall semester.
  • The application must include officially verified Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. GRE scores of 158 quantitative, 158 verbal, and 4.0 analytical are representative of students previously accepted for the program.
  • The minimum acceptable scores for international students are 90 for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and 7.0 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). International students with an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree from an ABET-accredited U.S. college or university are not subject to this requirement.
  • Admitted students receive a tuition waiver and a $26,400/calendar year stipend. Upon entering the program, students will either be assigned a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) or a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA). GRAs are reserved for students who are engaged in funded graduate level research. In the event that no funded research opportunities exist, the student will be assigned a GTA and assigned to serve one of our science or engineering departments. Such students are expected to transition to a GRA no later than the start of their second year.
FAQs – Materials Science and Engineering M.S. Programmaterials science PhD
  • Applicants are expected to have earned a bachelor of science degree in a physical science or engineering discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 maximum basis) or equivalent. Undergraduate studies normally include mathematics at least through differential equations, at least one year each of general physics and chemistry, a course in physical chemistry or modern physics, an elementary course in properties of materials (such as EGEN 213 or EMAT 251), and engineering coursework (including prerequisites) equivalent to EGEN 201 – Engineering Mechanics/Statics, EELE 201 – Circuits for Engineers, EGEN 335 – Fluid Mechanics, and EGEN 305 – Mechanics of Materials. Applicants may be admitted with deficiencies but, to the extent possible, such courses are expected to be made up during the student’s first year in the program.
  • It is possible to earn the M.S. degree enroute to the Ph.D. in Materials Science. Students who opt to follow this route are advised to enroll in the Ph.D. program and consult with their advisor regarding fulfillment of the M.S. degree requirements.
  • M.S. students who are employed as GRAs engaged in funded thesis-track research projects or as GTAs are eligible for stipends and tuition waivers. The maximum stipend for an M.S. student is $20,400/calendar year.

Additional information on both programs can be accessed through the Graduate School and Course Catalog links.