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Academic Program

Ph.D. in the Science of Advanced Materials

Minimum total for graduation: 60 hours

The science of materials combines elements of chemistry, physics and engineering, and requires a solid background in mathematics. The CMU Science of Advanced Materials (SAM) Ph.D. program is designed to create a correspondingly interdisciplinary environment that will train effective researchers without erecting artificial boundaries between disciplines. The formal coursework focuses on the scientific framework for studying materials and is organized around the themes of modeling, synthesis and characterization. These are the key methodologies employed in materials research and the SAM program emphasizes the synergy among them.


The SAM program is designed as a research-intensive program, with a core of interdisciplinary courses on the science of materials. Electives and courses on specialized topics are available through Physics, Chemistry, Engineering and other departments.

You will meet with an advisor to map out a plan of study. Click here for a typical timeline for progress through the program.

CMU is an AA/EO institution, providing equal opportunity to all persons, including minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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