MNAE Program Overview

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The Master of Nanoengineering (MNAE) is an on campus and distance education program and is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a science or engineering discipline who wish to pursue a graduate degree in nanoengineering. The field of nanoengineering is expected to revolutionize technology and improve quality of life, particularly as related to energy, environment, and health. Students will achieve an understanding of the fundamental advantages in nanoscale materials, devices and systems. It is a 30 credit hour degree program that does not require a thesis, final oral exam or on-campus residency. GRE scores are recommended but not required. NC State has an existing strength in nanostructured materials and devices.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admissions to the Master of Nanoengineering graduate degree program is as follows:

  • BS degree in science (i.e. chemistry or physics) or engineering from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA in their major.

  • GRE scores should be submitted if available and should not be more than two years old.

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons able to comment on the applicant's qualifications for graduate study.

  • Official Transcript

  • Completion of written statement outlining student's background, work experience and particular interest in nanoengineering.

  • The Graduate School requires that all international applicants take the TOEFL or IELTS examinations unless they have completed one year of study at a university in the U.S., Canada, or Great Britain. The exam must have been taken within two years for receipt of application. Standard practices for admission of international students by NCSU graduate school will be followed.

  • Complete the online graduate application at

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of 30 graduate credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0

  • Coursework must include 12 credit hours in core courses, a minimum or 12 credit hours in area(s) of specialization, and 6 technical elective credit hours (e.g., in another area of specialization or in math).

  • A minimum of three courses are required to qualify for a concentration in one of three areas: materials science in nanoengineering, nanoelectronics and nanophotonics, and biomedical sciences in nanoengineering.

  • If the student is admitted to the nanoengineering program, a maximum of twelve hours taken as a NDS student from NC State or from another institution may apply toward the 30 credit hour requirement. However, courses taken from other universities must be approved.

  • No thesis or on-campus residency required.

  • After a student has been admitted and enrolls for the first time, he/she is required to maintain continuous enrollment in each fall and spring semester until completion of the degree program. A student in good academic standing may request a leave of absence for good reasons from the Director of Graduate Program in Nanoengineering. The leave may not exceed two semesters.

  • A six year time limit for complation is required.

Program Logistics

It is preferable to seek admission to the degree program as soon as possible to assure integration into the advising process. However, a person does not have to be admitted to the MNAE program to enroll in an on campus or online credit course. Prior to applying to Graduate School, a qualified individual may enroll in graduate courses as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student. The NDS classification is designed for individuals who wish to undertake academic work but who are not currently admitted to a degree program. Those who wish to take only a few graduate courses and not pursue a degree do not need to apply for formal program admission to NC State University. However, students who wish to earn the degree must formally apply for admission to the Graduate School at When completing the online application, please be sure to select the “Distance Track” version of the degree if you intend to pursue the degree via the Engineering Online network.

Course Registration

On campus students register for courses in the normal manner through the University MyPack Portal system whereas distance education students register for online courses through Engineering Online. To register for an Engineering Online course, complete the registration form on the Engineering Online website at by clicking on “Course Registration” at the top of the main page. Distance students cannot register through the University MyPack Portal system for Engineering Online courses..

Course Logistics

Online courses are the same as on campus courses in terms of content, requirements and academic rigor. On campus class lectures are captured, digitized and placed on the Internet for distance students to access at any time and from any location. Students must, however, follow the on-campus class schedule in terms of submitting homework and taking exams. Course assignments, lecture notes, and handouts are made available to distance students on the course website. All in-class exams must be proctored.

Contact Information

For more information about the Master of Nanoengineering (MNAE) program, contact:

For more information about the registration process, course offering and course logistics for the online distance track of the MNAE program, contact:

  • Mr. Richard Shyrock
  • Associate Director of Distance Education Programs
  • College of Engineering
  • Phone: 919.515.3815
  • Email:
  • Engineering Online Website:

Course Offerings

A list of courses available for each semester can be found on the registrar website, and for distance courses on the Engineering Online website. Full-time employed individuals may only enroll in two online courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in only one course during their first semester.

The following courses will be available through the Engineering Online program in various semesters.

  • Part I: Basic Core Courses
  • MSE 565 - Introduction to Nanomaterials
  • MSE 500 - Modern Concepts in Materials Science
  • ECE/CHE 568 - Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques,
  • ISE 718 - Micro/Nanoscale Fabrication and Manufacturing
  • MAE 536 - Micro and Nano Electromechanical Systems

  • Part IIA: Materials Science in Nanoengineering
  • MSE 791 - Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials
  • MSE 791 - Simulation and Modeling
  • MSE 702 - Defects in Solids
  • MSE 706 - Phase Transformations and Kinetics
  • MSE 791 - Nanoscale Characterization (under development)
  • MSE 708 - Thermodynamics of Materials

  • Part IIB: Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics
  • ECE 530 - Physical Electronics
  • ECE 723 - Optical Properties of Semiconductors
  • CHE 560 - Chemical Processing of Electronic Materials
  • MSE 760 - Materials Science & Processing of Semiconductor Devices
  • MSE 771 - Materials Science of Nanoelectronics

  • Part IIC: Biomedical Science in Nanoengineering
  • CHE 596 - Colloid Science and Nanoscale Engineering
  • BME 590 - Introduction to Nano-Biomaterials
  • BME 540 - Nanobiotechnology: Processing, Characterizations, and Applications
  • BME 566 - Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering
  • ECE 542 - Neural Networks
  • BME 590 - Advanced Drug Delivery Systems

  • Part III: Research Project in Nanoengineering
  • MSE 795 - Master of Nanoengineering Projects

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