Nanotechnology, MSE

Nanotechnology, the application of the science of the very small, is an exciting field that is enabling solutions in alternative energy, electronic devices, medical diagnostics and therapeutics. Penn’s Nanotechnology Master's degree can prepare students for leadership roles, both technical and managerial, in emerging high tech industries as well as in traditional industries that exploit nanoscale phenomena.


10 course units are required for the MSE in Nanotechnology.1,2

Required Courses
ENGR 5040Fundamental Concepts in Nanotechnology1
ESE/MSE 5250Nanoscale Science and Engineering1
ESE 5360Nanofabrication and Nanocharacterization1
or MSE 5650 Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Materials
Nanotechnology Core
Select 4 from the following:4
Nanoscale Systems Biology
Molecular Modeling and Simulations
Interfacial Phenomena
Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
Fundamentals of Industrial Catalytic Processes
Nanoscale Systems Biology
Transport Processes II (Nanoscale Transport)
Electromagnetic and Optics
Prin of Quantum Tech
The Physics of Solid State Energy Devices
Quantum Engineering
Introduction to Micro- and Nano-electromechanical Technologies
Nanophotonics: Light at the Nanoscale
Integrated Photonic Systems
Mechanical Properties of Macro/Nanoscale Materials
Structure of Materials
Phase Transformations
Elasticity and Micromechanics of Materials
Electrochemical Engineering of Materials
Atomic Modeling in Materials Science
Physics of Materials I
Statistical Mechanics
Transmission Electron Microscopy
Advanced Synchrotron and Electron Characterization of Materials
Optical Materials
Direct Energy Conversion: from Macro to Nano
Mechanical Properties of Macro/Nanoscale Materials
Elasticity and Micromechanics of Materials
Introduction to Micro- and Nano-electromechanical Technologies
Design of Microelectromechanical Systems
Nanoscale Systems Biology
Transport Processes I
Micro and Nano Fluidics
Electrochemistry for Energy, Nanofabrication and Sensing
Mechanics of Macromolecules
Science or Technology-Relevant Electives
Select 3 pre-approved Science or Technology-Relevant electives 33
Total Course Units10

Students must complete 10 course units at the graduate level (5000+)


Students must attend and submit reports on four technical seminars (two seminars per year for full-time students).  Students are expected to present on seminars they attended during their first year to the new cohort of Nano students the following year.


Science or Technology-Relevant Electives:

  • These courses may be chosen from: any SEAS course (including engineering entrepreneurship, technology policy, NANO 5970 Master's Thesis Research, special topics, and/or NANO 5990 Master's Independent Study, as well as technology-relevant courses from other Penn departments (typically physics, chemistry, math, biology, etc.).
  • The courses must have significant technical and scientific content and relevance to the student’s program.
  • Approval must be obtained from the NANO program prior to enrollment in the course.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.