material science

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.

Points of contact:

  • Maria Sorensen (Assistant to Associate; 202-319-5191
  • Dr. Sergio Picozzi (Clinical Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering
  • VADM (ret) Mel Williams, Jr. (Associate Dean of


PhD program will be made available via online education, as well as face-to-face in the classroom

All MSE PhD students at minimum should take the six CORE Courses for MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering

  • MSE 501 Intro to Materials Engineering; 3 credits
  • MSE 551 Physical Properties of Materials; 3 credits
  • MSE 519 Experimental Methods Materials Engineering; 3 credits
  • MSE 522 Mechanical Properties of Materials; 3 credits
  • MSE 542 Electrical Properties of Materials; 3 credits
  • ENGR 520 Math Analysis for Grad Students; 3 credits

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (or closely related field)

Master’s Degree in MSE 

GRE score is required and must be acceptable 

Completion of 30 Credit-hours + Research

Core Courses 15
Elective Graduate Courses 9
Seminar 3
Total 30

Qualifying Exam

Dissertation Proposal
Original Research Project
Dissertation Defense

Degree Awarded:
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering