Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering


The PhD in materials science and engineering program prepares students to perform original, cutting-edge research in the broad areas of materials science. Those areas include: nano-structured materials, electronic, optical and magnetic materials, biomimetic materials, polymeric materials, MEMS materials and systems, organic electronics and advanced processing of modern materials.

Program Information

School: Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Program: Materials Science and Engineering

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Materials Science and Engineering Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

GPA: Minimum of 3.5 in graduate-level course work on a 4.0 scale

Test score required: Yes

Minimum GRE revised scores of 154, 154, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable.

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.


Documentation: Documentation deadlines are the same as the application deadlines below.

Application: Deadlines below are applicable for ALL applicants.

Fall admission: April 15
Spring admission: Sept. 1
No applications are accepted for summer admission.

Please visit the Materials Science and Engineering Admissions Web page for more information.


Diane Griffith

Possible Careers

Materials engineer/scientist, process engineer, research engineer, and manufacturing engineer

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.