Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

General Information

Degrees Offered


Clemson University offers the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Materials Science & Engineering. These programs include experimental and modeling aspects of advanced materials, such as amorphous, bio-, nanoscale, photonic and electronic materials. Courses encompass phase transformations, processing of ceramic and metallic materials, polymer synthesis, surface/interfacial modification and mechanical behavior. The graduate program is designed to enable students to initiate and conduct independent investigation. In addition, if you are accepted into one of these programs, you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of a specific area in materials science through course work and thesis/dissertation research. The programs are open to BS and MS graduates from materials science and engineering, metallurgy, ceramics, polymer science, physics, chemistry and other science and engineering disciplines.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Konstantin Kornev)

Application Requirements

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Konstantin Kornev)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Research and teaching assistantships are available from the School of Materials Science and Engineering, private-sector industry and government agencies. Assistantships and fellowships with competitive stipends are available for top students.

Course of Study

Program of Study

MS: You and your advisor will devise a plan of study that incorporates the required course work and thesis research. Topics will include deformation mechanisms in solids, phase equilibria in materials science, kinetics, fracture & fatigue, and solid state science.

PhD: Although excessive tenures are discouraged, the School of Materials Science and Engineering does not recognize any minimum or maximum time for obtaining the PhD degree. However, the Graduate School does place restrictions on the maximum time allowed to obtain a graduate degree. Obtaining a doctoral degree usually takes approximately three years; however, the degree will be awarded when your academic and research advisor(s) are satisfied that the research program is complete and that all other formal requirements have been met. The financial support for you, as a PhD candidate can have a limit depending on the source of your support. All PhD students are required to take a comprehensive examination after the completion of two semesters, but no later than the completion of three-and-a-half semesters as a full-time student or equivalent. A successful oral examination given at least three weeks before graduation is also required for the PhD degree.

Current Program


Complete facilities are available for ceramic, metal, glass and polymer processing; optical and electron microscopy (SEM, TEM); AFM; X-ray diffraction; thermal analysis (DSC, TGA) and optical, electrical and mechanical property (tensile, fatigue, drape, etc) characterization. Other specialized capabilities include fabrication of amorphous metallic alloys, ultrasound-based free-forming, microwave synthesis, synthesis and characterization of biomaterials, solution and colloid-based materials processing, high-temperature materials characterization, chemsorption and temperature-programmed reduction/oxidation, nano-indentation and facilities to convert organic and inorganic fibers into stable and coherent fabric structures (nonwovens, knits and woven).

Aligned with MSE is COMSET, the Center for Optical Materials Science & Engineering Technologies, which operates one of only a handful of optical fiber draw towers and MCVD latches at universities in the US. Numerous light sources are available, including argon, Ti-sapphie, dye and femto-second Nd:YAG lasers as well as a 450W Xe lamp for excitation and pulse-probe experiments from the UV through the 1550 nm telecommunications band. Detectors include PMTs and solid-state CCDs for detection of light (e.g., rare earth emissions) from the UV through the near infrared. In partnership with Clemson’s Spiro Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, local technical colleges, industry and regional economic development entities, COMSET is actively pursuing the University’s vision of becoming the focal point for knowledge creation and transfer in high-value-added photonic material technologies. This is being realized through partnerships, by technology transfer to established and new venture firms, through serving partners in scientific, business and entrepreneurial education and mentorship and in educating a world-class talent pool at the two-year, four-year and advanced degree levels. Details on COMSET’s mission, facilities and accomplishments are online at

Additional major manufacturing and testing facilities are available at the National Brick Research Center and the Clemson Apparel Research (CAR) Center.

Our Students

Approximately 80 graduate students from throughout the US and around the world are enrolled in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University. The school seeks to recruit high-caliber graduates from science and engineering backgrounds in materials science, polymer science, physics, chemistry and other related scientific disciplines.

Graduates from the program have been placed in academic and business roles at such companies as General Shale Brick, Stiles and Hart Brick, Boral Bricks, Hanson Brick, Southern Color and Chemical, SGH, Corning, Alcoa-Fujikura, JDS-Uniphase, Cisco, FujiFilm, Aeropsatiale, LSI Logic, Oxford Instruments Alstrom, Honeywell, Michelin, Boeing-Seattle, Richards, Inc., French Electric Power Authority, W. R. Grace, TATA, TIMET, Stirling Metals, Concurrent Technology, Degussa, Seagate Technology and Smith-Nephew and at universities such as Berkeley, North Carolina State and Georgia Tech.

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