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Developing Materials for the Future

Materials scientists explore the properties of existing materials, and use the knowledge acquired to synthesize novel materials with better characteristics. A majority of the technological innovations in the 21st century will require the development of new materials. 

The master's degree program in materials science and engineering was designed with input from academic and industry leaders, to better serve the needs of technology professionals. The program emphasizes advances in existing and emerging fields in materials science and engineering which include:

  • Nanotechnology
  • Composite Materials
  • Carbon Nanotube-Based Materials and Sensors
  • Biomaterials
  • Glasses, Ceramics, and Metallurgy
  • Magnetic and Optical Materials
  • Computational Materials Science

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  • Metamaterials

    Materials Science and Engineering (MS-MSE)

    The master's degree program in materials science and engineering is especially designed to serve the needs of the technical population in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

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  • Material Science

    Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering

    Effective Fall 2021, the Catholic University Mechanical Engineering Department will commence a PhD program in Materials Science and Engineering. This program will align with some of the requirements of the Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering program.

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  • About Us

    Few fields of science or engineering  are not concerned in some way with materials. Indeed, the need for materials is as pervasive in our lives as is the need for energy. It has been estimated that the work of one in three engineers is directly related to materials, while over half of all engineers have at least an indirect concern for the properties of materials.

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  • Courses Offered

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  • Research

    Our goal is the common goal of improving how materials are utilized and produced to meet the needs of society. Some of our research topics are: nanotechnology, composite materials, magnetic and optical materials, and more.

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  • Instructors and Staff

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  • Contact Us

    Contact us to learn more about the program we offer.

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  • Additive Manufacturing (Certificate)

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  • Director's Background

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