Materials and Manufacturing Technology

Welcome to the Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT) graduate concentration at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. This school-wide graduate program leads to an M.S. degree or Ph.D. degree in Engineering with a concentration in MMT. It also offers a part-time study option for students pursuing an M.S. degree. Currently, there are 33 faculty members from six departments (BME, CEE, CBE, EECS, MAE and MSE) participating in this interdisciplinary program.

Background Suggested:

Given the nature of Materials and Manufacturing Technology as an interdisciplinary program, students having a background and suitable training in either Materials, Engineering (Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical), or the Natural Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology) are encouraged to participate. Recommended background courses include an introduction to materials, thermodynamics, mechanical properties, and electrical/optical/magnetic properties. A student with an insufficient background may be required to take remedial undergraduate courses following matriculation as a graduate student.

Admissions Information:

Use the following list as a guideline of documents needed for a complete application.

  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • Statement Of Purpose
  • Official Copy of GRE
    • Note: Please note that the GRE has been waived for Fall 2024 admissions. As such, applicants are not required to submit their scores to be considered for admission.
  • Official Copy of TOEFL (International Applicants Only)
  • Copy of Transcripts (Bachelors and Masters, if applicable)
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Transcripts Information:

For application review purposes only, scan and upload copies of transcripts for all instiutions attended since high school. In the online application, you will be prompted to upload your scanned documents. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript. Uploaded transcripts should be recent and include the following: your name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits and grading legend. UCI reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcripts are found. Official transcripts will be requested if and when you are admitted and decide to attend UCI. Do not send official transcipts until this time, unless you are requested to do so.  

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: January 15th


Interdisciplinary Research Activities Include:

Subjects of interest in Materials and Manufacturing Technology cover a wide spectrum including metals and alloys, electronic and optical materials, ceramics, advanced composites, polymers, biomaterials, electronic packaging, solder technology, microfabriaction, semiconductor processing, various sensors, lifechips, and nanotechnology. The emerging new research and technological areas in materials and manufacturing technology are in many cases interdisciplinary. Accordingly, the principal objective of the graduate curriculum is to integrate a student’s area of emphasis—whether it be chemical processing and production, electronic and photonic materials and devices, electronic packaging and manufacturing, or materials engineering —into the whole of materials and manufacturing technology. Such integration will breed familiarity with other disciplines and provide students with the breadth they need to face the challenges of current and future technology.

Career Fields Include:

The field of MMT ranks high on the list of top careers for scientists and engineers. The services of these engineers and scientists are required in a variety of engineering operations dealing, for example, with design of semiconductors and optoelectronic devices, development of new technologies based on composites and high-temperature materials, biomedical products, performance (quality, reliability, safety, energy efficiency) in automobile and aircraft components, improvement in nondestructive testing techniques, corrosion behavior in refineries, fabrication of steels, and construction of highways and bridges. Southern California has one of the largest manufacturing bases in the world. The materials and manufacturing industries include: aerospace, automotive, biomedical, communications, construction, defense, electronics, food processing, machining, medical instruments, metallurgy, oil refinery, pharmaceutical, optics, semiconductor, and tools, etc. The opportunity for the graduates to find a position is high. The pursuit of advanced manufacturing technology is critical to keep manufacturing activities and jobs here. This needs the talents of the engineers and the workers to design and implement cost effective manufacturing processes.