Department of Materials Science and Engineering


We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2022 admissions beginning on October 1st, 2021. The priority deadline to apply is December 15th, particularly for those who wish to be considered for financial support, and the final deadline is February 28th, 2022. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted and received by the February 28th deadline to be considered for admission.

The department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering. The department's 13 faculty members are conducting cutting-edge multidisciplinary research in five thrust areas: advanced and additive manufacturing; advanced materials characterization; biomaterials, bioinspired and self-assembled materials; energy materials and sustainability; materials for structural applications and extreme environments; modeling, theory and computational approaches to materials science and engineering.

Graduate students participate in all aspects of the department through the MSE Graduate Student Association, which is heavily involved in outreach and other critical events including the faculty hiring process. Competitive fellowship packages are available for Ph.D. students in MSE. 


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Student Services Advisor

Desiree Rios
(949) 824-8893

Graduate Advisor

Professor Daniel Mumm
(949) 824-3858