Professional Master of Science in Nanoscience – Online and On-site

The 30-hour, non-thesis MS in nanoscience follows the Professional Science Master’s degree model, featuring course work in nanoscience and business and an internship to provide practical experience. It is designed for students with strong background in technical fields who seek additional specialized training to qualify them for positions in companies that work in the field of nanotechnology.

30-hours, MS Thesis concentration is designed for students who seek gaining in depth hands-on research experience while improving their scientific writing and mastering in nanoscience to continue further in their higher education.

Program Objectives

The Professional Master of Science Online Program in Nanoscience aims to:

  1. Develop in students the scientific knowledge, managerial skills, and professional qualities necessary to excel in employment in their fields.
  2. Strengthen employment-related problem-solving abilities of students.
  3. Improve the quality and economic impact of the program.
  4. Provide students with advanced training in science and business as well as practical workplace skills.

Application and Admission

All applicants must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a concentration or focus area related to nanoscience (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Computer Science, or Engineering). For students from non-U.S. schools, applicants must submit their transcript for evaluation by the graduate school, to demonstrate that their undergraduate performance satisfies this requirement.
  2. Satisfactory academic standing as an undergraduate. This corresponds to a “B” (3.0 GPA) average or better in the undergraduate major and in courses prerequisite as a minimum, through completed calculus through differential equations (Calculus I & II).
  3. Satisfactory test score for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing). There is no minimum-score requirement as the GRE is only one aspect of the applicant’s overall qualifications. Higher scores are always better, of course. TOFEL (or ILETS) is required for International applicants.

In addition to the application materials (copies of test scores, official transcripts, and recommendation letters), required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a personal statement indicating their interest in the program and a current Curriculum Vitae (C.V.).

How to apply:

All application materials should be submitted through UNCG graduate school through the following link:

Questions about applying or about the graduate program should be directed to the

Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Hemali Rathnayake


phone: +1 (336) 285-2860

Degree Requirement

MS Professional – Non thesis option

Nanoscience Survey Courses (9 credit hours)

  • NAN 601: Nanochemistry (3)
  • NAN 602: Nanobiology (3)
  • NAN 603: Nanophysics (3)
  • NAN 604: Nanotechniques (3)

Disciplinary Foundation Courses (9 credit hours)

Business/Management Courses (9 credit hours)

Internship/Project (3 credit hours) (Capstone Experience)

MS Thesis Concentration

Fundamentals of Nanoscience Courses/Survey courses (12 credit hours)

  • NAN 601: Nanochemistry (3)
  • NAN 602: Nanobiology (3)
  • NAN 603: Nanophysics (3)
  • NAN 604: Nanotechniques (3)
  • NAN 605: Mathematical Methods in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (3)

Disciplinary Foundation Courses (6 credit hours)

Laboratory Rotation (4 credit hours)

  • NAN 611: Nanoscience Laboratory Rotation (4)

Nanoscience Seminar Course (2 credit hours)

  • NAN 621: Professional Development Seminar I (1)
  • NAN 622: Professional Development Seminar II (1)

Thesis (6 credits hours)

  • NAN 699: Thesis/Dissertation (6)