Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering


Research and education in the Materials Science and Engineering Department involves the study of advanced materials — including metals, semiconductors, composites, polymers, nanomaterials and biomaterials — and their potential use in various applications. Materials science and engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field drawing on many fundamental disciplines to advance the design and discovery of new materials for use in virtually all areas of science, engineering, industry and society.

The program leading to the MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering provides intensive preparation for professional practice in modern materials science. This degree is suitable both for students completing undergraduate study in the areas of materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry or physics, and also for professional engineers who wish to continue their education.

The curriculum ensures that students are exposed to a broad knowledge of modern materials science; that they apply their knowledge and analytical skills to create effective and novel solutions to practical problems; and that they communicate and work effectively in collaborative environments. These outcomes prepare graduates for successful careers in many settings and make key contributions in materials science and engineering research.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Materials Engineer/Scientist, Process Engineer, Research Engineer and Manufacturing Engineer.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Student has met standards equivalent to those currently required for admission to the PhD or master's degree programs in Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology.

GPA: A grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate-level coursework of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 point scale.

Test score required: Yes

GRE revised scores which are recommended as 154 or above, 154 or above, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.

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