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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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Polymers and Coatings Technology [M.S.]

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Revised Program [Fall 2021]

This unique Master’s degree program is among a very few such programs offered in the United States. It is designed to prepare students with undergraduate credentials in chemistry, polymers, or engineering in the increasingly important polymers and coatings technology field. This curriculum is designed to build on undergraduate chemistry expertise to provide candidates with broad experience in polymers and coatings technology. This program offers specialized courses in polymers important to coatings technologies used in commercial, consumer, medical, and advanced materials industries. These courses are designed to provide fundamental, applied, and advanced knowledge of coatings and related materials. Laboratory courses help develop skills related to processing and testing such materials and using advanced instrumentation. Optional research courses provide unique research experiences in working on real-world projects mentored by faculty. These experiences provide suitable training to enter Ph.D. programs. Program faculty all have industrial experience and enjoy national recognition. Graduates are sought by industries and institutions throughout the United States and enjoy outstanding employment and career opportunities.

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This is a designated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program.


Program Admission

Graduate School Application

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For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Submit a Personal Statement
  • Possess an ACS-approved Bachelor’s degree in chemistry (minimum 24 hours in chemistry), or equivalent
  • Completed one year of physical chemistry
  • Completed one year of organic chemistry
  • Completed an instrumentation class

School Information

Engineering Philip Rufe, Interim Director | 111 Sill Hall, 734.487.2040, prufe@emich.edu​

Advisor Information

Vijay Mannari​, Ph.D., 118 Sill Hall, 734.487.2040, vmannari@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 33 hours

The MS program in Polymer Technology requires the completion of 33 hours of course work to be distributed among required core courses, concentration courses, elective courses, and capstone research courses.

Restricted Electives: 12 hours

Select twelve credit hours from the following list. Listed courses may require prerequisites. Please contact a program advisor for assistance enrolling in these courses.

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