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About the Program

Materials science and engineering involves the characterization of the physical and chemical properties of solid materials-metals and alloys, ceramics, magnetic materials, polymers, optical materials, semiconductors, superconductors, and composites for the purpose of using, changing, or enhancing inherent properties to create or improve end products. This field is multidisciplinary including physics, chemistry and biochemistry, engineering, technology, biology, math, and computer science.

Texas State has created a cutting-edge materials science, engineering and commercialization Ph.D. program that will contribute to the research, development and validation of materials to be used in the next generation of electronics, medicines, plastics, sensors, and renewable energy. Coupling commercialization with science and engineering, the planned curriculum seeks to infuse an understanding of intellectual property law, skills in business planning, and entrepreneurship together with the ability to organize and lead interdisciplinary research teams.   

Mission and Goals

Our program mission is to train graduate scientists and engineers to perform interdisciplinary research on scale-dependent materials and equip them to emerge as effective leaders in the advancement of 21st century global discovery and innovation.

Goals of the MSEC program are to provide the graduates with:

  • technical skills necessary to conduct high quality research
  • an orientation toward interdisciplinary research
  • a set of business tools and knowledge of business practice
  • technical project and business management skills