The Materials Science PhD Program is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, and intercampus doctoral program linking the three universities that comprise the University of Alabama System – the University of Alabama (UA), in Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) – through the Tri-Campus Materials Science PhD Program.
The University of Alabama (UA), The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) offer a joint interdisciplinary program leading to a doctor of philosophy degree in materials science. The PhD program in materials science is coordinated by the Tricampus Materials Science Coordinating Committee. On each campus, the program is administered by the Campus Materials Science Program Committee.
For practical purposes, students will matriculate at a single campus. Once the student chooses a campus, that campus becomes the home campus, and the student's records will be managed by the graduate school on that campus. However, once registered at one campus, a student is free to pursue, with minimum barriers, coursework or research opportunities at the other University of Alabama System campuses. Some courses may require travel to the other campuses, alternately some courses are offered online.
At all three universities, the interdisciplinary PhD program in materials science draws on various colleges and academic divisions. At UA, the program is supported by departments in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering. At UAB, the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Optometry are involved, as are the School of Engineering and the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. At UAH, the College of Engineering and the College of Science participate in the program. The degree awarded to each successful candidate is the PhD Degree in Materials Science.