The Materials Science PhD Program is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, and intercampus doctoral program linking the three universities that comprise the University of Alabama System – the University of Alabama (UA), in Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).
Through this interdisciplinary graduate education approach, students tailor their course work across department, college, and university campus boundaries. In doing so, students have greater options to maximize their academic, research, and professional interest. Students typically have undergraduate degrees in physics, chemistry, or materials-related engineering disciplines.
Since Materials Science is a graduate program, and not a department, nominally students select a “home department” where their advisor resides. With their advisor and graduate committee, students develop a plan of study that satisfies PhD requirements at the respective home campus. Students who successfully complete the program receive a PhD degree in Materials Science from the University of Alabama System.
Specifically to The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa campus, the student body is more than 34,000 students with approximately 20 percent being graduate students. Over 40 faculty members in eight departments on the UA campus participate in this program.