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.


The NanoLab and LAM have been part of DMSE’s space at MIT since Building 8 was constructed. Originally, they were used for pyrometallurgy and were two stories tall.