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Program

Core Courses

Every first-year student must take the following core courses or the equivalent, which are generally taken the first year in the program.

  • MTSI 500 – Survey of Materials Science and Engineering
  • MTSI 501 – Bonding, Structure and Defects
  • MTSI 502 – Function and Application
  • MTSI 511 – Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MTSI 512 – Kinetics and Phase Transformations
  • MTSI 551/552 - Advanced Materials Characterization Techniques I & II

Technical Electives

A wide selection of graduate-level electives applicable to the Materials Science Ph.D. program are available at the three participating campuses. Students are advised to select electives to deepen their understanding and research skills in the focus areas of their research projects.

Summer Symposium

Every student is expected to attend and participate in the doctoral program’s annual summer symposium. Every student who has advanced to candidacy is required to present either a poster or a talk.

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raman microscope and high temperature furnace at Montana State University

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Using hyperspectral analysis to examine nanoparticle interactions with cells.

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HyRox digital microscope examination of complex metal microstructure at Montana Tech

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high temperature fuel cell assembly at Montana State University

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thermogravimetric analysis at Montana Tech

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thermal gravimetric analysis at Montana State University

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preparing samples for study in the X-ray Diffractometer at Montana State University

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installing heads on a hydrocyclone test stand at Montana Tech

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Fluorescence decay traces from the ultrafast emission lifetime spectrometer at Montana State University

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Adjusting flowrates in a continuous aqueous processing system at Montana Tech

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Optical elements of a time correlated single photon counting instrument at Montana State University

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in situ vibrational spectroscopy measurements with Ar+ ion laser and high temperature solid oxide fuel cell at Montana State University

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adjusting gas flows into high temperature solid oxide fuel cell at Montana State University

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