Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering


The objective of the PhD in Materials Science and Engineering program is to prepare individuals to perform original, cutting-edge research in the broad areas of materials science, including nanostructured 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 undergraduate-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 electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.


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.


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Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Materials Engineer/Scientist, Process Engineer, Research Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer and postdoctoral or professor positions at universities.

Salary Information

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