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PhD in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE)

Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) offers the post-bachelor’s PhD and post-master’s PhD, which both offer specialized study in the science, engineering, and technology of modern materials, integrating courses in engineering, chemistry, and physics.

Degree Type

  • Doctorate


  • In-Person


  • Full-Time


  • On-Campus
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How it Works:

Through coursework and dissertation research, MSE PhD students will learn to apply experimental and computational methods to address cutting-edge problems. Students will receive instruction in communications and ethics as appropriate to the social impact and implications of materials science and engineering.

MSE PhD students conduct research in a variety of areas, including materials for clean energy conversion and processing, solid-state lighting, photonics and fiber optics, modeling and characterization of biomaterials and soft tissues, nanoscale materials, materials for MEMS and bioMEMS applications, and many other sub-fields of materials research.

Students in the program have access to state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities. Students choose an area of concentration from i) biomaterials, ii) electronic/photonic materials, iii) materials for energy and environment, or iv) nanomaterials, and complete the credit and GPA requirements to graduate in 3.5 to 5 years, on average, for the post-bachelor’s and post-master’s PhD, respectively.

Learn more about the PhD Profile for Materials Science & Engineering.

PhD Handbook

The MSE PhD Handbook includes policies, program requirements, logistics and contacts.

Admission Requirements

For Application Deadlines, Requirements and Fee Waiver information, see the Graduate Admissions web page.


  • Fall: December 15