About the Metallurgical Engineering Graduate Program

Graduate Student Manual for Metallurgical Engineering 2020-2021

Graduate Student Manual for Metallurgical Engineering

Degrees Offered

The Department of Metallurgical Engineering is part of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and offers

  • Master of Engineering (M.E.),
  • Master of Science (M.S.), and
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

It typically takes two years to complete a Master’s degree and four years to complete a Ph.D.

General Areas of Research

Faculty and students are typically engaged in the following general areas:

  • Mineral processing: fracture characteristics of particles, comminution, mathematical modeling of specific processes, fluid dynamics of specific operations, flotation, surface chemistry, and novel designs.
  • Hydrometallurgy: metal extraction, concentration, purification, electrodeposition, and corrosion.
  • Pyrometallurgy: thermodynamics, kinetics and modeling of high-temperature chemical processes.
  • Physical metallurgy: powder metallurgy, nondestructive metal failure detection, magnetic materials, rapid solidification.
  • Synthesis and processing of advanced inorganic materials: nanosized and nanostructured materials, magnetic materials.

Specific research topics vary every year. See Faculty for individual research specialties and current projects. <!– See Research and Facilities for a description of some of the department’s laboratories.

Each student will establish a supervisory committee which consists of three faculty members. In compliance with The Graduate School’s policy, the supervisory committee chair must be a regular faculty at the University of Utah. The majority of the committee members must be tenure line faculty in the MSE department. The supervisory committee is responsible for approving the student’s academic program, preparing and judging the qualifying examinations, approving the dissertation subject and final dissertation, and administering and judging the final oral examination.



Program of Study Worksheet
Defense Final Oral Exam
Proposal Pass-Fail
Supervisory Committee Request