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Science of Advanced Materials


Program Overview

Advanced materials are all around us — metals, ceramics, plastics, polymers. Many of these materials solve problems or improve lives. You can be at the forefront of research into material application, improvement and enhancement. The science of advanced materials doctoral program from Central Michigan University is a holistic program that paves the way for innovations by breaking down research barriers.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 5 years
Credit Hours: 60

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

The CMU science of advanced materials Ph.D. program takes a holistic approach that borrows from relevant disciplines. You’ll thrive in an environment that trains you to be an effective researcher by breaking down artificial barriers between sciences. You’ll combine studies of the science of materials with elements of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics.

The formal coursework focuses on the scientific framework for studying materials. Courses are organized around the themes of modeling, characterization, and synthesis. These are the key methodologies employed in materials research and the SAM program emphasizes the synergy among them.

The curriculum for the SAM program includes:

  • Core research training in the science of materials.
  • Elective courses in a number of specialized areas.
  • A seminar course focusing on the current SAM literature to help develop essential skills in scientific communication.
  • A dissertation requirement.

Students may enter the program with diverse backgrounds, but a master's degree in a relevant field is required.

Program Highlights

Our science of advanced materials graduate students:

  • Discover the structural and electronic properties of a new class of nonporous organic nanocrystal for gas separation membrane applications.
  • Combine machine learning methods and inverse problem theory to challenge problems in material science and solid state physics.
  • Question the many challenges associated with producing degradable polymers from renewable resources.

Careers & Outcomes

Students graduating with a PhD in the science of advanced materials go on to conduct research at major laboratories, technology companies, government agencies and private organizations.

Career Projected Salary
Materials Scientist $96,810
Materials Engineer $93,360
Environmental Scientist $71,360
Research Scientist $74,342
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