Conventional liquid crystal displays were invented at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State. Our graduate program is a small one, with fewer than ten students entering each fall, and our alumni are in high demand—both in industry and in academia

Graduates of the Materials Science Graduate Program housed in the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute have joined leading innovative high-tech companies, including industrial giants such as Apple, Samsung, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Corning, 3M, Motorola and Hewett-Packard. Many have leadership positions in rapidly growing local companies such as Kent Displays, AlphaMicron, CoAdna Photonics, Hana Microdisplay Technologies and Kent Optronix. Our graduates also have become professors and presidents at leading academic institutions. Some are entrepreneurs in new technology businesses or research scientists at some of the most well-known research centers in the world.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take 30 credit hours of coursework, 12 credits of required coursework, 6 credit hours of a master’s summer project and 12 credit hours of electives selected in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

90 semester-hours of courses, seminar, and research work beyond the bachelor's degree and the minimum of 60 credit hours after master degree. Passing the candidacy examination and successful defense of dissertation are required.
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

Our Materials Science Graduate Program is quite diversified with many students and faculty originating from many countries. Our research at the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute is internationally recognized and graduates have a strong record of employment after graduation. Most PhD students receive a stipend and full tuition, allowing them to enjoy a good lifestyle.

Along with the many departmental events, our students are members of various societies, such as the American Chemical Society (ACS), American Physical Society (APS), International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS), International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), and the Society of Information Display (SID). We have a wide range of talents to offer and share with each other, musical events and soccer games are not uncommon.