Polymer Science, MS


Master of Science in Polymer Science


About the Degree

Students in the department, who represent the United States and numerous foreign countries, pursue Polymer Science degrees within an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students come into the program with backgrounds in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, materials science and engineering, polymer science, polymer engineering, the biosciences and computer science.

Our students will study polymer chemistry, polymer physics, physical chemistry of polymers, lab techniques (synthesis and characterization), polymer technology, oral and written practice of thesis/dissertation, expertise in specialty areas. All students are encouraged to present their results at professional conferences, and to publish their research results in prestigious scientific journals.


Salary and Career Outlook

The MS degree prepares you for a career in industry or government, as well as admission to Ph.D. programs or professional school in a variety of disciplines. Major companies recruit our students, and alumni refer our students for openings in their companies, leading to a near 100% placement rate.

Average starting salary ranges from $ 60,000 - $70,000, depending on geographical location.


Why Akron?

As one of the world’s great academic programs, faculty and students engage one another, the polymer industry, and other academic peers to create a learning environment that leads to 100% job placement for its students, a steady stream of scholarly publications by students and faculty, high levels of government- and industry-funded research, and numerous faculty awards and honors. Faculty expertise within the Department of Polymer Science and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is unparalleled in a region of the United States that is rich in polymer-related industries.

Our program offers a wide array of networking opportunities, access to many experts in their fields, diverse student and faculty bodies, state of the art equipment and facilities, opportunities to intern at various companies, many opportunities to interview with visiting companies, and opportunities to present at national conferences.


Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator:           Melissa Bowman

                                               Goodyear Polymer Center, Room 339B

                                               mb8@uakron.edu

                                               (330) 972-7532    

Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                               Polsky Building, Room 467

                                               hblake@uakron.edu          

                                               (330) 972-7664