The New Mexico Tech Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering offers three
options for students interested Master’s degrees: 1) Master of Science in Materials
Engineering requiring a Thesis; 2) Master of Engineering requiring only course work;
and 3) a combined BS/MS degree.
BS/MS Combined Materials Engineering Program
The combined degrees of a MS in Materials Engineering (either Thesis or Independent
Study Option) along with a BS in Materials Engineering or affiliated field may be
achieved in five years.
For students in MATE or METE BS programs, a minimum of158 credit hoursare required to complete the combined (BS+MS) degree. For students in affiliated BS
programs, there are commensurate requirements.
Students graduating with a BS in Materials Engineering must include a minimum of 6
credit hours of approved upper‐ division or graduate course work from other departments
in the above list, as part of the general breadth requirements for the MS degree.
The breadth requirement may be waived for non‐materials students, but they are highly
encouraged to take all courses towards their MS degree in Materials Engineering. The
student must select courses in close consultation with the MS advising committee and
research work should be directed towards a publication. Students for the 5‐year program
must apply for graduate standing, normally in their 6th semester.
Admission is contingent upon their having a 3.0 GPA and the acceptance of their proposed
course of study. Students with upper division standing may apply, but admittance into
the program will be conditional. Graduate admission will be contingent upon adherence
to the approved programs of study and a 3.0 minimum overall cumulative GPA. Graduate
status will be granted upon fulfillment of the requirements for the BS degree.
Students must fulfill all the requirements for their BS program and complete the following
Additional MS Requirements
A minimum of 12 credit hours of 500 level courses;
9 additional credit hours of upper or 500 level courses that may include no more than
3 credit hours of MATE 491 (directed study),
2 credit hours of MATE 592, and
6 credit hours of MATE 591 (Thesis) that will be defended in a public oral defense.
Any aditional requirement needed to full-fill the M.S. degree as listed below under
Master of Science (with Thesis)
Master of Science (with Thesis)
The Master of Science prepares students for high quality research (and is often preferred
for admission into PhD programs around the country).
Full time graduate students must formalize an advisory committee that will consist
of an academic advisor from the department and at least two additional members. The
selection of an advisor must be completed by the end of the first semester while the
remaining members of the committee along with thesis topic must be decided by the
end of the second semester. Department faculty must not be in the minority in the
committee. Part time or DE students must formalize their advisor by the time they
complete 12 credits. The student must meet with his or her committee at least once
a) At least 24 credit hours of coursework that must include: (i) a minimum of 12
credit hours of 500 level courses, and (ii) at least 6 hours of upper level (300+)
courses outside the Materials Department, unless the student is from a non‐ Materials
background. No more than 3 hours of MATE 581 Directed Study.
b) 6 credit hours of MATE 591 (Thesis) that will be defended in a public oral defense.
Students may take MATE 500 (Directed Research) in multiple semesters but the credits
may not count toward their degree requirements. Graduate students must take MATE 592
each semester offered. The student may appeal to their advisory committee for possible
Courses must be approved by the advisory committee, and the research should be directed
toward a journal publication. Students must inform faculty advisors in advance regarding
courses that they plan to take in the following semester.
Students are required to write a thesis proposal (or independent study proposal) and
defend it in a public oral defense before the advisory committee at least one full
semester (fall or spring) before the final defense.
The final thesis must be successfully defended in a public oral defense before the
Master of Engineering (Course Work Only)
The Master of Engineering degree prepares students for a productive career as practicing
The Master of Engineering degree is a coursework-only option for students seeking
a non-research-based advanced degree focused on satisfying the needs of practicing
engineers. Students selecting the Master of Engineering option must complete two additional
three credit elective course (total of 30 course credits vs. 24 course credits and
6 thesis credits for the Master of Science Option). Students must take MATE 592 each
semester offered (for a maximum of two times). Students may appeal to their advisory
committee for possible exception.
At least 30 credit hours of course work that must include: (i) a minimum of 15 credit
hours of 500 level courses and (ii) at least 6 hours of upper level (300+) courses
outside the Materials Department, the requirement that these courses be outside the
Materials Department may be waived if the student is from a non‐materials background.
No more than 3 hours of MATE 581 Directed Study is permitted. The student must work with his/her faculty advisor in advance regarding courses that
they plan to take in the following semester to meet the requirements as set by the
departmental Master of Engineering Graduate Committee. Students must take MATE 592 each semester offered (for a maximum of two times). Students
may appeal to their advisory committee for possible exception.