Academic Programs

The Department offers the graduate degrees of Master of Science (S.M.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (Sc.D.).

Generally the time needed to earn an advanced degree cannot be predicted as accurately as the four years generally needed for the S.B. Typically, the Master's degree requires 1.5–2 years of study and thesis research. The doctorate requires approximately 5 years of study and thesis research.


In 1925, Edith Paula Chartkoff Meyer became the first woman to earn the S.B. in metallurgy.