Major: Nanomaterials
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0 
Co-op Option: Available for full-time, on-campus master's-level students
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 15.1601
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 17-2199

About the Program

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain an advanced understanding of nanomaterials in this Master of Science degree program. Students will attend lectures and work in laboratories alongside faculty and other students to solve problems in energy and health using novel approaches in the area of nanomaterials. The program is designed to expand knowledge and integrate critical thinking and research in everyday life. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering will work in conjunction with the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute to deliver this academic program.

Additional Information

For more information, contact:

Jamie Banks
Operations Project Manager, A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute


Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • US Students
    • Jun. 1 (Fall Term)
    • Oct. 15 (Winter Term)
    • Jan. 15 (Spring Term)
  • International Students:
    • June 1 (Fall Term only)
    • Consideration for a term other than fall requires special permission from the academic department prior to application.

Applications are accepted at any time. Funding options will be decided on an individual basis.


For details regarding the items below please review the Admission Application Instructions.

  • Graduate Admission Application
    • Applicants may only apply to one program.
    • All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University, and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party.
    • An application fee of $65 USD is required.
  • Transcripts
    • Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    • International students: If you have already graduated from your previous institution at the time of your application, please email your graduation certificate(s) attached as PDF or Microsoft Word documents to
  • Standardized Test Scores
    • GRE test scores may be required.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
Select 15.0 credits from the list below. Other graduate courses related to Nanomaterials or Nanotechnology can be counted as Core Courses if approved by the graduate advisor. Any 500 or 600 level course from the following departments with approval from Nanomaterials graduate advisor: CHEM, PHYS, BIO, SCTS, ENSS, ENVS, FASH, ENTP, CS, CI, DSCI, MATE, CAEE, ECE, MEM, CHE, EGMT, BMES.15.0
Nanoscale Fields
Introduction to Materials Engineering
Thermodynamics of Solids
Introduction to Solid State Materials
Experimental Technique in Materials
Nanostructured Carbon Materials
Fundamentals of Nanomanufacturing
Academic Track: The remaining credits are completed within an academic track. Choose one of the below two options (Nanobiomaterials or Nanomaterials for Energy) or create a track (Emerging Applications of Nanomaterials) with approval of graduate advisor. Any 500 or 600 level course from the following departments with approval from Nanomaterials graduate advisor: CHEM, PHYS, BIO, SCTS, ENSS, ENVS, FASH, ENTP, CS, CI, DSCI, MATE, CAEE, ECE, MEM, CHE, EGMT, BMES.21.0-23.0
Nanobiomaterials Track *
Biochemistry I
Nano and Molecular Mechanics of Biological Materials
Tissue Engineering I
Tissue Engineering II
Biomaterials I
Biomaterials II
Structure and Properties of Polymers
Nanostructured Polymeric Materials
Biomedical Materials I
Nanomaterials for Energy Track
Quantum Chemistry Of Molecules I
Electrochemistry for Chemists
Topics in Analytical Chemistry
Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering
Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Materials
Nanostructured Polymeric Materials
Materials for High Temperature and Energy
Materials for Energy Storage
Emerging Applications of Nanomaterials Track: Students may create a track focused on emerging interdisciplinary topic in nanomaterials. The track must be approved by the graduate advisor. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the MS degree, the track must contain courses from at least two different departments. Any 500 or 600 level course from the following departments with approval from Nanomaterials graduate advisor: CHEM, PHYS, BIO, SCTS, ENSS, ENVS, FASH, ENTP, CS, CI, DSCI, MATE, CAEE, ECE, MEM, CHE, EGMT, BMES.
Research credits can be applied to any track (up to 12.0 credits)
Thesis or Non-Thesis Option **9.0
Master's Thesis
Choose 9.0 credits from courses listed in the academic tracks above with advisor approval.
Total Credits45.0-47.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

Nanomaterials for Energy Track (Thesis Option)

First Year
ET 6813.0CHEM 5553.0MATE 5073.0
Core Courses6.0Core Courses6.0MATE 5723.0
  MATE 5823.0
 9 9 9
Second Year
ECEE 8213.0MATE 5443.0 
MATE 898*3.0MATE 898*6.0 
Core Course3.0  
 9 9 
Total Credits 45

Nanobiomaterials Track (Thesis Option)

First Year
BMES 6604.0BMES 6614.0BMES 5413.0
Core Courses6.0MATE 6613.0MATE 5443.0
 Core Course3.0MATE 8983.0
 10 10 9
Second Year
BIO 5003.0MATE 898*3.0 
MATE 5013.0Core Courses6.0 
MATE 898*3.0  
 9 9 
Total Credits 47
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