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Program

Credit Requirements

The Montana University System Materials Science Ph.D. requires a minimum of 60 semester credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. Of the 60 credits, at least 18 credits must be obtained for dissertation research, and at least 32 credits must be earned for coursework.

Up to 24 semester-credits from a master’s degree may be accepted toward the minimum degree requirements, but they must be applicable to the Materials Science curriculum, and their acceptance is subject to the review and approval of the student’s committee and the Materials Science program’s Leadership Council.

No more than nine credits may be from 400-level courses.

To ensure that students benefit from the collaborative, multi-campus nature of the program, at least nine credits must be earned from courses offered away from the home campus. Full-time students are expected to complete the 20-credit core curriculum and pass the qualifying examination within the first year.

In addition to the core curriculum, each student must earn at least 12 credits of electives within or related to the chosen specialty. Typically, this coursework is completed by the end of the student’s second year. Additional elective courses intended to provide a student with specialized expertise and/or skills relevant to their dissertation research may be recommended by the individual student’s advisor and committee.

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HyRox digital microscope examination of complex metal microstructure 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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adjusting gas flows into high temperature solid oxide fuel cell at Montana State University

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