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Program Details

The University of Florida’s Graduate Certificate in Materials Characterization is available through the College of Engineering, and under the university’s EDGE Department. The Materials Characterization Certificate is designed for multidisciplinary engineers and scientists who wish to learn more about current characterization techniques, be exposed to available methods for evaluation, and gain a competitive edge in improving their materials, products, and research techniques.

The core curriculum of the Graduate Certificate in Materials Characterization consists of nine credits, split between three classes. These courses cover a diverse range of topics, and provide the student with a thorough education in this field. The classes span the topics of Survey of Material Analysis Techniques, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis, and X-Ray Diffraction. The Survey of Material Analysis Techniques course covers the principles, techniques, and instruments used in the characterization of materials including chemical, microstructural, and surface analysis of materials for metals, ceramics, polymers, and semiconductor systems. Research and industrial applications will be presented and discussed.

Scanning Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis covers topics including electron optics, electron beam-specimen interactions, instrument design, operational parameters, image processing, and more. The X-Ray Diffraction course is a special topic that presents the fundamentals and basic geometries used for powder and thin x-ray diffraction analysis. Through these courses, students may be equipped with a solid educational foundation and skill set that will enable them to succeed in the field of Materials Characterization.


Students must have a BS degree in Engineering, with minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges