Each doctoral student must take three post-core graduate electives, selected from the list of DMSE graduate electives, and approved by the thesis committee. Refer to the MIT Subjects Listings and Schedule for the subjects offered and their schedule.

Graduate students may choose to create a specialization or concentration by creating a post-core program of three classes in a particular research area of Materials Science in Engineering or may choose a broader educational experience by choosing subjects in three different areas.

Sample Concentration Areas

Students who choose to create a post-core program within a concentration area have many options to choose from. Below is a list of sample concentrations available within the department.

  • Electronic, Magnetic, and Photonic Materials
  • High-Performance Structural Materials
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymeric Materials
  • Materials for Energy and the Environment
  • Nanoscale Materials
  • Materials Processing Materials Economics and Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship
  • Laboratory/Characterization/Instrumentation
  • Materials Design
  • Experimental/Characterization Computational Materials Application/Design

Electives Outside of the Department

Students may enroll in one non-DMSE graduate elective that is 9-12 units with the approval of their thesis committee.

Students may propose to enroll in 2+ non-DMSE graduate electives by submitting a petition to the Departmental Committee on Graduate Studies. Submit the petition form in advance of enrolling in the subjects to the DMSE Academic Office (email dmse-gradoffice@mit.edu) for review with the committee, including a student statement on why you would like to enroll in these subjects and signatures from the student and thesis advisor(s).