Materials Informatics Graduate Certificate Program (MI GCP)

The Materials Informatics (MI) Graduate Certificate Program (GCP) is designed for interdisciplinary graduate education at the intersection of materials science, engineering, and data science with the aim of preparing the next generation of materials engineers given the growing demand for data-science skills and knowledge of the artificial intelligence. The skills and knowledge obtained will serve as foundation for the understanding of materials informatics and high throughput materials discovery that will improve career prospects.

Why Study Materials Informatics?

As the use of data science tools matures and spreads to different industries and domains, the demand for professionals with domain knowledge and the ability to handle heterogeneous data is increasing.

 

Up to 34% More

Median salary for data scientists and engineers compared to other analysts1.

56% Increase

Job postings on LinkedIn for data scientists in 20192.

96% Increase

Job postings on LinkedIn for machine learning engineers in 20192.

1 Linda Burtch, “The Burtch Works Study Salaries of Data Scientists & Predictive Analytics Professionals,” 2019.

2 Kumaresh Pattabiraman, “LinkedIn’s Most Promising Jobs of 2019,” 2019.

 

Certificate Completion Requirements

A total of four classes (12 credit hours) is required, including the core course MSE 723 (3 credit hours) and three MSE and ST or MA elective courses (9 credit hours). By judicious selection of elective courses, in consultation with the MI GCP Coordinator, students can customize their GCP to focus on areas of interest to them.

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REQUIRED COURSE

MSE 723* Materials Informatics

The MSE 723 course aims to introduce the emergent field of materials informatics and current approaches that employ informatics and experimental and computational data to accelerate the process of materials optimization, discovery and development. An emphasis will be placed on practical implementation of machine-learning techniques to various materials science problems.

MSE ELECTIVE COURSES ST/MA ELECTIVE COURSES
Select at least one of the following: Select at least one of the following:
MSE 710* Elements of Crystallography and Diffraction ST 517* Statistical Methods I (or equivalent introductory to statistics course). ST grad students are not permitted to use it for certificate credit
MSE 721* Nanoscale Simulations and Modeling ST 540 Applied Bayesian Analysis
MSE 724* Quantitative Materials Characterization Techniques ST 533 Applied Spatial Statistics
MA 540* Uncertainty Quantification for Physical and Biological Models

The fourth course will be taken from outside of the student’s degree department. For example, an MSE student’s fourth course must be from the ST or MA list (above), whereas a ST or MA student’s fourth course must be from the MSE list (above).

 

Admission Requirements
  • BS degree in the sciences or engineering from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Overall (or major) GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Potential applicants without the prior background in Materials Science and Engineering are advised to complete MSE 500 prior to applying, although success in that course does not guarantee admission into the certificate program.
  • Distance education students enrolled through Engineering Online (EOL) are eligible to apply for the MI GCP.  With many online MSE and Statistics (ST)/Mathematics (MA) courses to choose from, students can customize their particular certificate programs to focus on specific areas of materials science that interest them.
Application Deadlines
  • Spring Admission: October 1
  • Fall Admission: March 1
How to Apply Students must complete the Graduate School application, found at http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/applygrad.htm.

Academic success might have a strong bearing on admission to a degree program but completion of a certificate program in no way guarantees entry into a graduate degree program, which is done through a separate application process.

Course Registration
Academic Performance Requirements
  • A minimum of a 3.000 grade point average (GPA) on all coursework taken at NC State must be maintained.
  • All courses taken for certificate credit must be letter-graded and completed with a grade of “B” or better. Credit-only courses cannot be used for certificate credit. 
  • All grades on courses taken towards the GCP in courses at the 500-level and above are included in the GPA. Any courses taken at the 400 level and below are not eligible for certificate credit and subsequently do not affect the graduate GPA.
  • Transfer credit from other institutions is not allowed for the GCP. All coursework must be registered through NC State.
  • Up to two courses of post-baccalaureate coursework taken at NC State, if not already used in another graduate program, may be transferred into the GCP.  All transfer credit must carry a grade of B or better.
  • All GCP requirements must be completed within four (4) calendar years, beginning with the date the student commences courses applicable to the GCP.

Contact

MI GCP Coordinator

Yaroslava G. Yingling, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

919-515-2624, yara_yingling@ncsu.edu