Master of Science Degree - Non-Thesis - Materials Science - Colorado School of Mines

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Master of Science Degree, Non-Thesis

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The non-thesis Master of Science degree has been designed for engineers or scientists who are working in industry. The thesis requirement is replaced with the requirement to complete a Case Study. The industrial student, who most likely has technical laboratory or manufacturers experience, may find this program more suited to their employment responsibilities.

The non-thesis Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 30 total semester hours of acceptable coursework and case study credit including:

  • 24 hours of courses
  • 6 hours of case study credits. (Sign up for MLGN 599, Case Study Materials Science, using a paper form at the Registrar’s Office).

The student must successfully prepare and defend a case study report on a topic that is most likely supporting materials for the student’s PhD thesis. The case study will require the student to perform an analysis of the way processing-structure-property-performance relationships affect materials development and how it will influence the future of materials design. A panel of three faculty members will attend the case study presentation. A faculty member will be selected to read and grade the report.

Non-thesis students will be strongly encouraged to gain industrial or laboratory experience during the course of their studies through co-ops or other arrangements. Students must indicate their intent to pursue a non-thesis Master of Science at their initial enrollment in the Materials Science program. Permission to change tracks from thesis to non-thesis, or vice-versa, will be granted only under certain circumstances. It must be approved by your advisor and submitted for approval by the Graduate Affairs Committee.


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