Introduction to Graduate Studies at the Unviersity of Michigan
As an introduction to graduate studies at the University of Michigan, please take a moment to view the following video produced by the college of engineering. Many of the faculty highlighted in this production are professors in the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program. They represent some of the top and most highly sought after researchers on campus. The video also gives a quick glimpse at what life is like living in Ann Arbor. Enjoy!
Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program Overview
There are general Ph.D. Degree requirements set by the Rackham Graduate School. These are set forth in "Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies" and cover residence, minimum total fees, preliminary examinations and candidacy requirements.
The specific Program requirements include completing most of the course requirements prescribed in each specialization or option by the end of the second year, passing a two part comprehensive written examination, selection of a research area and a Research Supervisor and Dissertation Committee.
An early start in research is encouraged as soon as the students have demonstrated satisfactory progress in courses and have selected a Research Supervisor. The interdisciplinary nature of the Program allows for a wide range of research possibilities.
Counseling on both the general and specific requirements is provided by an advisor representing the Executive Committee of the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program. The advisor is designated through a selection process during the student's first month. The student then chooses among seven specializations or options: Biomaterials Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry (synthetic or physical), Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Organic Electronics and Photonics, or Physics. An individualized option or specialization is also available as described below.
The progress to a Ph.D. is normally four to five years with coursework being emphasized during the first two years. Students are approved for candidacy after they have completed the basic prescribed courses satisfactorily, passed the comprehensive exam, formed a Dissertation Committee and passed a preliminary oral examination by that Committee.
Master's (MS or MSE) Degree
Course requirements will depend upon your choice of specialization both for courses in that field and in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. The course distribution should be a minimum of three courses in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, a minimum of three courses from those required in the specialization, plus additional approved courses to complete the minimum credit hour requirement (30) for the M.S. degree. These course requirements consist of a minimum of thirty credits of graduate work with not more than six credits and not less than four allowed for a research project. There is to be a written report describing the results of such a research project. All courses must be approved by the advisor.
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Possible Bachelor's/Master's combination with Macro include the following areas: Biomedical Engineering (subject to approval with the BME department) with Concentrations in Biochemical Eng., Bioelectrical Eng., Biomechanical Eng.; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering or Physics.
SGUS Programs incorporate the various Macro Master's Degree requirements with the Departmental Bachelor's. Contact us for these individual programs.\
There are several specializations or options from which to choose. These include Biomaterials Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, (Synthetic or Physical) Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Organic Electronics and Photonics or Physics.
The general requirements in all of these specializations or options for the Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering is 30 credit hours; 12 of these from Macromolecular Science and Engineering courses and 12 more from the specialization courses and then an additional 6 hours of graduate credit. See the next page for the courses available
It is recommended that in all the options an introductory course such as MacroSE 412 be taken as part of these credits by all students who do not have a strong polymer back-ground. The specific course requirements for you are recommended by the Director and your advisor. Contact the Macromolecular Science and Engineering admissions office if you would like more information on these requirements.
Individualized Specialization or Option
An individualized selection of courses may be proposed by students who already have a Master's Degree or have equivalent experience. This course program must be approved by the Executive Committee.
Biomaterials Engineering Option
A minimum of 30 hours of course work. This must include a minimum of 12 hours from Biomaterials Engineering and 12 hours from Macromolecular Science. These courses must include a graduate course in biomaterials, biochemistry and biophysics.
Biomedical Engineering Option
A minimum of 30 hours of course work. This must include a minimum of 12 hours from Biomedical Engineering and 12 hours from Macromolecular Science. These courses must include a graduate course in biomaterials, biochemistry and/or biophysics and biomedical engineering.
Chemistry Option (Synthetic or Physical)
A minimum of 30 hours of course work from Chemistry and Macromolecular Science Courses. This must include a minimum of 12 hours from Chemistry and 12 hours from MMS.
For a Synthetic option, these courses should include: MMS 790, MMS 800, MMS 535 or 412 or 512, MMS 536, MMS 538, Chem 540, Chem 541 and Chem 542.
For a Physical option, these courses should include: MMS 790, MMS 800, MMS 535 or 412 or 512, MMS 536, Chem 571, Chem 576, Chem 580 and another approved Chemistry course.
Chemical Engineering Option
A minimum of 30 hours of course work from Chemical Engineering and Macromolecular Science courses. This must include a minimum of 12 hours from ChE and 12 hours from Macromolecular Science. These courses should include: MMS 790, MMS 800, MMS 535 or 412 or 512, MMS 536, ChE 528, graduate courses in transport phenomena, numerical methods or mathematical modeling and polymer processing.
Materials Science and Engineering Option
A minimum of 30 hours of course work from Materials Science and Engineering and Macromolecular Science courses. This must include a minimum of 12 hours from MSE and 12 hours from MMS. These courses should include: MMS 790, MMS 800, MMS 535 or 412 or 512, MMS 536, a graduate course in metals and a graduate course in ceramics.
Organic Electronics and Photonics
A minimum of 30 hours of course work from Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Macromolecular Science courses. This must include a minimum of 12 hours from EECS and 12 hours from MMS. These courses should include MMS 790, MMS 800, MMS 535 or 412 or 512, MMS 536 and MMS 538. In addition, these courses must include a course in Device Physics, Applications and Fabrication.
A minimum of 30 hours of course work from Physics and Macromolecular Science courses. This must include a minimum of 12 hours from Physics and 12 hours from MMS. These courses should include: MMS 790, MMS 800, MMS 535 or 412 or 512, MMS 536, MMS 538 and an advanced course in the physical properties of polymers. Please speak with the Director about selecting Physics courses for this option.
Additional options in Mechanical Engineering and in Nuclear Engineering are available. An individualized option may be proposed by students. Such students must submit a detailed program in writing for approval by the Executive Committee.
The following is a list of courses available to Macromolecular Science and Engineering students. Those courses marked with an asterisk (*) are recommended as providing a good preparation for the required Comprehensive Exam for the Ph.D.
Macromolecular Science and Engineering
*ME/AM/MacroSE 517 Theory of Linear Viscoelasticity
*Chem/MacroSE 535 Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
*Chem/MacroSE 536 Laboratory in Macromolecular Chemistry
*Chem/MacroSE 538 Organic Chemistry of Macromolecules
ChE/MacroSE 511 Rheology of Polymeric Materials
*MSE/MacroSE 412 Polymeric Materials
*MSE/MacroSE 414 Applied Polymer Processing
*MSE/MacroSE 512 Polymer Physics
MSE/MacroSE 514 Composite Materials
MSE/MacroSE 515 Mech. Behavior of Solid Polymeric Materials
Phys/MacroSE 417 Dynamical Processes in Biophysics
MacroSE 751 Special Topics in Macromolecular Science
MacroSE 790 Faculty Activities Research Survey
MacroSE 800 Macromolecular Seminar
MacroSE 890 Intro. Research Techniques
MacroSE 990 Dissertation Research/ Precandidacy
MacroSE 995 Dissertation Research/ Candidacy
515 Introductory Biochemistry
516 Introductory Biological Chemistry Laboratory
580 Biochemistry I
581 Biochemistry II
586 Graduate Biochemical Research
711 Graduate Seminar
807 Advanced Biochemistry I
808 Advanced Biochemistry II
820 Special Topics
511 Rheology of Polymeric Materials
516 Cellular Bioengineering
525 Catalysis, Kinetics & Research Reactors
527 Fluid Flow
528 Chemical Reactor Engineering
529 Mass Transfer
537 Thermodynamic Relations and Applications
547 Separations Processes II
552 Fundamentals of Polymer Processing
587 Chemical Process Design
595 Chemical Engineering Research Survey
535 Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
536 Laboratory in Macromolecular Chemistry
538 Organic Chemistry of Macromolecules
540 Organic Principle
541 Advanced Organic Chemistry
542 Appl. of Physical Methods to Organic Chemistry
545 Analytical Chemistry
571 Quantum Chemistry
576 Statistical Mechanics
580 Molecular Spectra & Structure
Materials Science & Engineering
410 Biomedical Materials Consideration
412 Polymeric Materials
414 Applied Polymer Processing
511 Rheology of Polymeric Materials
512 Polymer Physics
514 Composite Materials
515 Mechanical Behavior of Solid Polymeric Materials
520 Advanced Mechanical Behavior
523 Metal-Forming Plasticity
525 Dislocations and Plastic Flow of Materials
532 Advanced Thermodynamics of Materials
552 Reactions in Ceramic Processes
553 Structures of Ceramic Compounds
554 Properties of Ceramic Compounds
562 Electron Microscopy I
662 Electron Microscopy II
517 Theory of Linear Viscoelasticity
417 Dynamical Processes in Biophysics
453 Atomic Physics I
463 Introduction to Solid State Physics
505 Electricity and Magnetism I
506 Electricity and Magnetism II
507 Theoretical Mechanics
510 Statistical Physics
511, 512, 513 Quantum Theory
520 Condensed Matter Physics
/MacroSE Indicates a course cross-listed with Macromolecular Science.
Our doctoral students receive full financial support through the durration of their graduate careers. During the First year, PhD students receive this support in the form of a fellowship, thereby allowing students to focus on their studies and research. After this first year, students receive financial support from various internal and external sources. Internal support comes in the form of GSRA positions, GSI positions, and Rackham fellowships. External sources of funding include but are not limited to NDSEG, NSF, and NIH.
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