MITx offers open online courses (MOOCs) on the edX and MITx Online platforms. MITx courses from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering come directly from our classrooms and span the full breadth of our academic program. An assortment of popular DMSE classes are on offer. They are free to audit, or you can pursue a certificate for a small fee. Check out the current classes below.
Featured DMSE courses
Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Part 1: Linear Elastic Behavior
Topics include stress-strain behavior, the atomic basis for linear elasticity, and composites.
Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Part 2: Stress Transformations, Beams, Columns, and Cellular Solids
Explore stress transformations, beam bending, column buckling, and cellular materials.
Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Part 3: Time Dependent Behavior and Failure
Learn about viscoelasticity, plasticity, creep in crystalline materials, fracture and fatigue.
Model the mechanical properties of honeycombs and foams and apply models to engineering design.
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
Discover the physical principles behind diodes, light-emitting devices, and memories.
Structure of Materials
Discover the structure of materials and how it influences their properties and performance.
The Iterative Innovation Process
Experience the iterative innovation process and learn how you can use it to develop your own ideas.
Electrical, Optical & Magnetic Materials and Devices
Learn about the materials and technologies underlying diodes, transistors, photodetectors, and more.
Organic and Biomaterials Chemistry Part 1: An Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
Explore the chemical concepts underlying the synthesis, properties, and design of organic materials.
Thermodynamics of Materials
Learn how thermodynamic principles be applied to predict physical phenomena.
Introduction to Solid State Chemistry
Learn chemical principles by examining materials with examples drawn from modern technology.
Structural Materials: Selection and Economics
Billions of tons of structural materials are used every year. Learn where, why, and when!