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Graduate Degree Programs

Engineering at the Nano-scale

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Osama Osman Awadelkarim, Director, Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization
407D Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

Wook Jun Nam, Program Director
303 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

Degrees Conferred

M.S. in Engineering at the Nano-scale

The Graduate Faculty

The Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering at the Nano-scale is an intensive one-year, 30-credit program requiring completion of a scholarly paper. This interdisciplinary program is ideal for individuals with a bachelor's degree in science, engineering, mathematics, or related fields who wishes to gain an expanded knowledge and hands-on practices of nanotechnology that can be applied across a broad range of applications.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are necessary for admission. Graduates in engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics who present a 3.00 grade-point average will be considered for admission.

Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

The non-thesis residence-based Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Engineering at the Nano-scale is a one-year program. Students are required to start the program in the fall semester and complete their degree requirements, including all required course work and three credits of research resulting in a scholarly paper, and graduate by the end of summer following the second semester. The plan of study is as follows:

  • Fall semester:  12 credits of course work+ 1 credit of E SC 596 Individual Study
  • Spring semester: 12 credits of course work + 1 credit of E SC 596 Individual Study
  • Summer semester: 3 credits of course work + 1 credit of E SC 596 Individual Study

At least 30 graduate credits must be earned, of which 18 must be from 500-level lecture/laboratory courses approved by the department. There are 5 required core courses: E SC 412, E SC 520, E SC 521, E SC 522, and E SC 523. No more than 9 credits may be earned from 400-level courses including the required core course E SC 412.  As the culminating experience, students must write a scholarly paper incorporating at least one area represented in the course work, upon successful completion of which 3 total credits of E SC 596 will be earned. The scholarly paper must demonstrate the student’s capability to integrate and apply concepts and techniques learned in the courses and thereby demonstrate the technical, environmental, ethical, and safety knowledge needed to practice engineering at the nano-scale. This scholarly paper should reflect the high quality of research required to meet the Engineering Science and Mechanics M.S. degree standards, as determined by the ESM Graduate Officer and the ESM Graduate Curriculum Committee. Students who need more time to complete the final paper may extend the submission due date after the third semester (summer). The degree will be granted after the paper has been reviewed and approved, and all degree requirements have been met.  Students are not required to remain in residence while they complete the final paper.

Student Aid

Refer to the Student Aid section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students in this program are not eligible for graduate assistantships.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-000

Review Date: 8/23/2016


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