Ph.D. Materials Science

Students work closely with their graduate adviser and supervisory committee to define an appropriate plan of study that meets all degree requirements, including any prerequisite or preparatory work and a specified set of core courses.

The doctor of philosophy degree program in the area of materials science is offered in collaboration with The University of Alabama at Birmingham and The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and The University of Alabama in Huntsville offer a joint interdisciplinary program leading to a doctor of philosophy degree in materials science. The Ph.D. program in materials science is coordinated by the Tricampus Materials Science Coordinating Committee. On each campus, the program is administered by the Campus Materials Science Program Committee.

For practical purposes, students will matriculate at a single campus. Once the student chooses a campus, that campus becomes the home campus, and the student’s records will be managed by the Graduate School on that campus. However, once registered at one campus, a student is free to pursue, with minimum barriers, coursework or research opportunities at the other University of Alabama System campuses. Some courses may require travel to the other campuses, alternately some courses are offered online.

At all three universities, the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in materials science draws on various colleges and academic divisions. At UA, the program is supported by departments in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering. At UAB, the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Optometry are involved, as are the School of Engineering and the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. At UAH, the College of Engineering and the College of Science participate in the program. The degree awarded to each successful candidate is the Ph.D. in Materials Science.

Additional details about this program may be found in Interdisciplinary Programs of the graduate catalog.

If you have any questions about the metallurgical engineering graduate program, contact Dr. Gregory Thompson.