Department of Materials Science and Engineering


The final deadline for Ph.D. applicants to submit application materials is February 28. The final deadline for M.S. applicants to submit application materials is April 15. After these dates, incomplete applications may not be considered.

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 fields representatives for biweekly faculty meetings and plays an active role in the faculty hiring process. 

Competitive fellowship packages are available. The recommended deadline for fall applications is January 5, especially for candidates who wish to be considered for financial support. After this date, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for a limited time. 

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Graduate Coordinator

Desiree Rios
(949) 824-8893

Graduate Adviser

Professor Martha Mecartney
(949) 824-2919