University Catalog 2023-2024

Materials Science and Engineering (Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate Program (GCP) in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is designed for working professionals who do not have formal training in MSE, but wish to acquire a basic understanding of materials science to improve their on-the-job experience and knowledge. Most people will enroll in this program as distance education students through the Engineering Online (EOL) office at NC State University. Students can customize their particular certificate programs to focus on specific areas of materials science that interest them.

Program of Study

The MSE GCP requires a total of 12 credit hours, including MSE 500 (3 credit hours) and three MSE elective courses (9 credit hours) selected by the student. MSE 500 is a fast-paced overview of the field of materials science and engineering and is designed for students who do not have a formal background in MSE, such as those with BS degrees in chemistry, physics and other fields of engineering. MSE 500 also provides the foundation for more specialized MSE graduate courses.

Each course is 3 credit hours and most courses are offered at least once per year through the EOL office. By judicious selection of elective courses, students can customize their GCP to focus on areas of interest to them.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the MSE Graduate Certificate Program, a student must have a BS degree in the sciences or engineering from a regionally accredited four-year college or university, and have an overall (or major) GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale.

All new students must complete the NCSU Graduate School application for admission to the MSE GCP. The GRE exam is NOT required for admission to the GCP. Application deadlines are March 1 for summer and fall admission, and October 1 for spring admission. Students can begin study in the fall, spring or summer semester immediately following their acceptance into the program.

Academic success in the MSE GCP might have a strong bearing on admission to a graduate degree program. However, completion of a graduate certificate program IN NO WAY guarantees entry into a graduate degree program, which must be done through a separate application process.

Plan Requirements

Required Courses12
Modern Concepts in Materials Science
Select a minimum of three courses from "MSE Courses" listed below
Total Hours12

MSE Courses 

Select a minimum of three of the following courses:9
Nuclear Materials
Processing of Metallic Materials
Ceramic Processing
Polymer Technology and Engineering
Composite Materials
Microelectronic Materials Science and Technology
Organic Chemistry Of Polymers
Introduction to Nanomaterials
Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials
Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization I
Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization II
Materials Forensics and Degradation
Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting
Defects In Solids
Interaction of Electrons with Materials
Interaction of Photons with Materials
Mechanical Behavior Of Engineering Materials
Phase Transformations and Kinetics
Thermodynamics Of Materials
Metastable Materials: Processing, Structure, and Properties
Elements Of Crystallography and Diffraction
Scanning Electron Microscopy
Fundamentals Of Transmission Electron Microscopy
Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy
Nanoscale Simulations and Modeling
Materials Informatics
Materials Processing by Deformation
Principles of Corrosion
Thin Film and Coating Science and Technology I
Thin Film and Coating Science and Technology II
Radiation Effects on Materials
Materials Science in Processing of Semiconductor Devices
Polymer Blends and Alloys
Characterization Of Structure Of Fiber Forming Polymers
Defects, Diffusion and Ion Implantation In Semiconductors
Materials Science of Nanoelectronics
Structure of Semicrystalline Polymers
Advanced Topics in Materials Science and Engineering
Advanced Materials Experiments
Total Hours9



  • Harald Ade
  • Aram Amassian
  • David Aspnes
  • Salah M.A. Bedair
  • Donald Brenner
  • Ramon Collazo
  • Jerome Cuomo
  • Jan Genzer
  • Reza Ghiladi
  • Ola Harrysson
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  • Jacob L. Jones
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  • Jagdish Narayan
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  • Gregory N. Parsons
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  • Richard Spontak
  • Martin Thuo
  • Joseph B. Tracy
  • Daryoosh Vashaee
  • Yaroslava Yingling
  • Xiangwu Zhang
  • Yong Zhu

Associate Professors

  • Veronica Augustyn
  • Rajeev Gupta
  • Jagannadham Kasichainula
  • Nina Wisinger

Assistant Professors

  • Bharat Gwalani
  • Timothy Horn
  • Yin Liu
  • Martin Seifrid
  • Ruijuan Xu

Research Professor

  • Christopher Rock

Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Alexey Gulyuk

Adjunct Professors

  • Barry Farmer
  • John Prater

Adjunct Associate Professor

  • Charles Guarnieri

Emeritus Faculty

  • Charles Balik
  • Elizabeth Dickey
  • Carl C. Koch
  • Yuntian Zhu