Materials scientists develop the materials that make everything better! There are few fields of science or engineering which are not concerned in some way with materials. 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.

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. The program emphasizes advances in existing and emerging technologies in materials science which include:

  • Biomaterials
  • Glasses, ceramics & metallurgy
  • Magnetic and optical materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Processing and instrumentation
  • Structural materials

Overview

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.

Materials science deals with fundamental properties and characteristics of materials and combines engineering with physics and chemistry, and uses them to solve real-world problems. The area of specialization in the present world of materials science and engineering are nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, energy, manufacturing, and other major engineering fields. Materials scientists may work with ceramics, electronics, energy, liquids crystals, metals, semiconductors and nanocomposits in order to understand the materials properties, their application and develop new materials with enhanced materials properties.

The master's degree program in materials science and engineering (MSE) at Catholic University caters to working professionals in the Washington D.C., metropolitan area seeking an advanced degree to advance their career pursuits. The program is intended to meet the needs of engineers and scientists in the region working at:

National laboratories including (but not restricted to) ARL, NSWC, NRL, NIH, NIST and FDA and their subsidiaries

  • National Science Foundation and all other government agencies administering research funds
  • Depts. of Energy, Defense, Homeland Security, EPA, etc.
  • US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Hundreds of patent attorney firms
  • Hundreds of startup and established commercial companies involved with advanced materials, nanotechnology, technical ceramics manufacturing and R&D outfits.