Department of Materials Science and Engineering


The Fall 2023 application will be available beginning on Oct. 2, 2023. The priority deadline to apply for the graduate program in materials science and engineering is Dec. 15, particularly for those who wish to be considered for financial support, and the final deadline is Feb. 28, 2024. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted and received by the Feb. 28 deadline to be considered for admission. Please note that the GRE requirement for Fall 2024 admissions has been waived. Applicants are welcome to submit GRE scores if they wish, but it is not required to submit an application. 

The department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering. The department's 16 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. 

Recommended Background

Given the nature of materials science and engineering as a cross-disciplinary program, students with a background and suitable training in materials, engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, chemical, aerospace) and the physical sciences (physics, chemistry, geology) are encouraged to apply. Students with insufficient backgrounds may be required to take remedial undergraduate courses but are still encouraged to apply. Recommended background courses include an introduction to materials, thermodynamics, mechanical behavior and electrical/optical/magnetic behavior.