Structural Materials

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering – Structural Materials

Area Director: Professor Suneel Kodambaka

Program Description: The study of advanced structural materials provides students with a broad knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the science and engineering of lightweight metallic and composite materials, advanced metallic and composite materials, fracture mechanics, damage tolerance and durability, failure analysis and prevention, nondestructive evaluation, structural integrity and life prediction, and design of aerospace structures.

Degree Requirements: At least nine courses are required (36 Units), of which at least FIVE must be graduate courses at the 200 level (excluding ENGR 299 Capstone Project course), and meet exam comprehensive requirement.

A minimum of 6 courses must be from the MAT SCI Department (*will count as MAT SCI Courses)

Required courses: 

  • MAT SCI 250B – Advanced Composite Materials (formerly known as MAT SCI 298 – Damage Tolerance, Durability and Repair of Composite Structures)
  • MAT SCI 298 – Nondestructive Evaluations (Winter)
  • MECH&AE M297C* – Composites Manufacturing

Recommended Electives:

  • MAT SCI 143A – Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • MAT SCI 151 – Structure and Properties of Composite Materials
  • MECH&AE 166C* – Design of Composite Structures
  • MAT SCI 243A – Fracture of Structural Materials
  • MAT SCI 243C – Dislocations and Strengthening Mechanisms in Solids
  • MECH&AE M297B* – Material Processing in Manufacturing

Please visit the Registrar’s webpage for Course Descriptions.


Students can meet the Comprehensive Exam Requirement by choosing ONE option below:

Option 1:

Take and Pass ENGR 299 Capstone Project course.

Option 2:

Take and pass three written exams for three different graduate level courses within the student’s area of specialization. The written exams are held concurrently with the final exam of the graduate level courses. Students may select which exams they would like to count towards the Comprehensive Exam requirement.


As long as you have met the requirements above, the remaining courses may be selected from other Engineering departments. No approval is necessary.  Please note: Students may not apply electives towards earning a certificate.  Certificate programs are intended for non-matriculating students and are categorized as separate programs.

Thesis Plan



Students are expected to complete the degree within two academic years and one quarter, including two summer sessions. The maximum time allowed in this program is three academic years (nine quarters), excluding summer sessions.