Polymer Engineering, M.S.

Master of Science in Polymer Engineering

About the Degree

The Department of Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron seeks to provide graduate students with a high-quality educational experience in the engineering and science of polymers. Students are taught the skills of research by regular full-time professors in both classroom and laboratory environments. Students represent the United States and numerous foreign countries, and graduates of the department have gone on to successful careers in private industry, government and academia.

Our students receive M.S. degree based on performance in course work and thesis research. The 24-credit course work prepares students with fundamental knowledge of polymer engineering. The 6-credit thesis research on an original topic trains them on the use of scientific research methods. The original research projects deal with problems associated with energy harvesting, smart coatings, smart materials, thin films, flexible electronics, to name a few.  

Salary and Career Outlook

A large fraction of our M.S. graduates accepts job offers from industry.  The rest accepts admission offers from graduate programs in engineering and sciences at University of Akron and other universities.

Starting salaries for recent DPE M.S. graduates in the United States vary according to type of position, reputation of the company, and geographic location. Salaries at companies on either coast are typically higher than the Midwest. The starting salary varies in the range $60-$70k.

Why Akron?

Our program offers research-based M.S. curriculum where the research part focuses on contemporary problems faced by the society. This is where it stands apart from competing M.S. programs worldwide.

The research problems that our M.S. students work on are new and novel and address the grand challenges in health, energy, and environment. Thus, our program remains relevant to the contemporary issues of our society. Our graduates remain well-prepared in handling any sort of complex problems that they face in industry or academic research.

Recent employers include:

  • Avery Dennison
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Laird Technologies

Contact Information

Contact Information:

Sarah Thorley

Coordinator of Academic Programs

Department of Polymer Engineering

University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-0301