Division of Materials Science & Engineering

Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) students study the wide variety of materials that compose the things we use on a daily basis, from computers to cars, and discover inventive ways to use and manufacture materials such as ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, metals, composites, nanomaterials, and more to create better, more effective products.

The MSE program engages faculty from all Engineering disciplines at BU, as well as from the Departments of Physics and Chemistry and the Division of Restorative Science/Biomaterials in the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Students focus on biomaterials, nanomaterials, materials for energy and environment, or electronic and photonic materials.

For undergraduates, the program offers an MSE minor, which can be used to supplement studies in another major field and provide students with a foundation in the discipline. Coursework covers a range of topics from the basics of materials science and processing to thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and quantum physics.

At the graduate level, MSE offers Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Master of Engineering degrees with curricula designed to provide students with interdisciplinary training that combines fundamental materials science—covering quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, kinetics, and materials properties—with engineering applications in rapidly growing areas of biotechnology, nanotechnology, microelectronics, photonics, and energy. Students in the program have access to state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities for use during classes and on research projects ranging from biomaterials, electronic and photonic materials, energy and the environment, and nanomaterials.


The Spring 2016 application deadline is October 1, 2015 for all applicants. We do not accept PhD applications for the Spring Semester.

Our Fall 2016 deadlines are as follows:

  • December 15, 2015—PhD applications from international and domestic students who wish to be considered for financial aid. International student applications to the MS and MEng programs who wish to be considered for financial aid.
  • January 15, 2016—MS, MEng, or LEAP applications for domestic students who wish to be considered for financial aid.
  • March 15, 2016—MS and MEng applications from students who are not seeking financial aid.