Nanobioscience Program Leading to the Master of Science Degree

The M.S. degree programs train students in the principles, practices and research paradigms of nanobioscience to prepare them for interdisciplinary careers in research, development, deployment and education at the convergence of medicine and life science with nanoscale science and engineering. Students accepted into the NSE M.S. degree programs are strongly recommended to construct a preliminary program of graduate study with the assistance of their academic and research advisor at the completion of the first year of study.

Admissions Requirements

The following are required for the admission application:

  • Official transcripts from colleges previously attended
  • Three academic or professional  letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Submission of a GRE General Test score is strongly recommended but not required. NSE evaluates all aspects of the application therefore a minimum score is not identified.


Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Feb 1
  • Spring: October 1

Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on an individual basis. Financial Support for M.S. students is dependent on availability of funding.

International applicants are required to submit the following additional materials:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 95 on the internet based exam (or its equivalent) is required of all international applicants with the exception of those who have completed four full-time semesters of study within a four-year time frame from time of application and maintained at least a B average at a college or university in the United States or a country where English is the official language.
  • Complete financial affidavit form with appropriate certification.

Degree Requirements of the M.S. in Nanobioscience (30 credits)

  1. Completion of courses from the “Foundations of Nanotechnology” course sequence (9 credits)
  2. NSE coursework (18 credits): Six credits as advised relevant to the Nanobioscience Degree and twelve credits of Master’s level research (NSE 698 or NSE 699)
  3. Completion of an original research project that represents a significant scientific contribution to NSE Nanobioscience, and leads to the submission of an acceptable Master’s thesis.
  4. A Master’s research project report can be substituted for the formal thesis if the student successfully completes an appropriate portion of the Ph.D. preliminary written examination.
  5. Seminar/External Courses as advised (3 credits)

Foundations of Nanotechnology Course Sequence

Nanotechnology is highly interdisciplinary, building upon core competencies from many traditional disciplines, including materials science, chemistry, physics, biology and electrical engineering. As a consequence, and because the undergraduate backgrounds of NSE students are equally diverse, a "one size fits all" approach to course content and design is neither practical nor desirable.

To address these issues, a sequence of modular core courses, "Foundations of Nanotechnology," sequence (INSE 504, 506, 507, 508 and 509) has been designed to provide students with unified core competencies, as well as to prepare them for their more specialized advanced coursework and individual research in the various Nanoscale Science and Nanoscale Engineering tracks. Each course consists of coordinated modules specifically designed and sequenced by NSE faculty to provide the fundamental academic acumen and core competencies necessary for students entering the fields of Nanoscale Science and Nanoscale Engineering.

Please note: This program may offer an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience in the course listing as an option to fulfill course requirements. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.