Materials Sciences - M.S.
Liquid Crystal and Materials Science Building
The Master of Science degree in Materials Science provides students with extensive scientific training, cutting-edge research opportunities and engineering skills necessary for a variety of careers in academy and in industry. Program faculty and students conduct research through Kent State's participating departments and the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute. Such research includes liquid crystal synthesis and molecular design; properties of liquid crystals and related advanced materials; lyotropic liquid crystals and bio-related materials; opto-electronics; and nanoscience and nanotechnologies. These important research foci are inherently interdisciplinary.
Fully Offered At:
- Kent Campus
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
- Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
- Official transcript(s)
- Goal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Submission of GRE scores (general and subject test in physics or chemistry) is not required, but strongly recommended
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 525 TOEFL score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 71 TOEFL score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 74 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.0 IELTS score
- Minimum 50 PTE score
- Minimum 100 Duolingo test score
Admission will be granted by examination of the student's background on an individual basis. Students from a variety of undergraduate majors—such as physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science—are invited to apply.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Develop an advanced understanding of the fundamental science of soft materials and ability to apply acquired knowledge of physical and chemical properties of advanced soft materials and devices such as liquid crystals, polymers, colloids and active matter.
- Gain experience in presenting scientific data in research publications, articles, posters and oral presentations.
- Apply acquired knowledge to the development of new soft materials, new theories and effects and advanced materials such as liquid crystal-based devices.
|MTSC 62242||CHARACTERIZATION OF SOFT MATTER||3|
|MTSC 63000||PHYSICS OF SOFT MATTER||3|
|MTSC 63015||CHEMISTRY OF SOFT MATTER||3|
|MTSC 63020||APPLICATIONS OF SOFT MATTER||3|
|Approved Electives, choose from the following:||12|
|BIOLOGICAL LIGHT MICROSCOPY|
|INORGANIC MATERIALS CHEMISTRY|
|ORGANIC MATERIALS CHEMISTRY|
|SYNTHESIS OF ORGANIC LIQUID CRYSTALS|
|SEMINAR: INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY|
|STATISTICAL MECHANICS OF SOFT MATTER|
|LABVIEW FOR DATA ACQUISITION AND INSTRUMENT CONTROL|
|ADVANCED LIQUID CRYSTALLINE AND POLYMERIC MATERIALS|
|LIQUID CRYSTAL OPTICS I: THEORY|
|LIQUID CRYSTAL OPTICS II: OPTICAL SYSTEMS|
|LIQUID CRYSTAL MATERIALS SCIENCE|
|LIQUID CRYSTAL SCIENCE: PHYSICAL PROPERTIES|
|LIQUID CRYSTAL, POLYMER AND COLLOID COMPOSITES|
|ELECTRO-OPTICS OF LIQUID CRYSTALS: MODELING AND DEVICE DESIGN|
|COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE|
|LYOTROPIC LIQUID CRYSTALS|
|EMERGING DISPLAY TECHNOLOGIES|
|SEMINAR: LIQUID CRYSTALS|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL PHYSICS|
|LIQUID CRYSTAL DEVICE PROTOTYPING|
|LIQUID CRYSTAL DEVICE CONSTRUCTION|
|ADVANCED CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS|
|LIQUID CRYSTAL PHYSICS|
Additional courses with advisor approval
|MTSC 60199||THESIS I 1||6|
|or MTSC 65098||MASTER'S PROJECT: ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS OF LIQUID CRYSTALS|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||30|
Candidates selecting to complete the thesis will present and interpret results of original research that must be defended before a committee of the materials science graduate faculty. Upon approval of the thesis topic, the student is required to register continuously for MTSC 60199 each semester for a total of 6 credit hours. A student who has completed the required 6 credit hours of MTSC 60199 but has not finished the thesis is expected, thereafter, to register continuously for MTSC 60299 each semester until all degree requirements are met. No more than 6 credit hours of MTSC 60199 may be counted toward completion of degree requirements. Credit hours earned in MTSC 60299 do not, under any circumstances, count toward the degree.