Master of Science (MS) with thesis in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE)

The Master of Science (MS) with thesis degree in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) is a master’s program aimed at graduating senior students who want to engage in graduate research in materials science and engineering.  MS with thesis students satisfy the practicum requirement by developing a research focus and carrying out original research that culminates in a written MS thesis.  Students choosing to complete a thesis should expect to complete the program in two years. Students who excel in the MSE MS program may apply for the MSE post-MS PhD program.  Students choose an area of concentration from i) biomaterials, ii) electronic/photonic materials, iii) materials for energy and environment, or iv) nanomaterials.

Applicants for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022: The GRE is not needed from applicants to all master’s programs (except LEAP) who have earned, or will earn, a 4-year degree from a U.S. institution. For these applicants, not submitting GRE scores will not have a negative impact on the evaluation of your application. See our Application Requirements for details. 

We encourage students of limited means to apply for a waiver of the application fee.  Please email for further details.

How to Apply

Admission information, including an online application, can be found on the College of Engineering Graduate Programs website for Prospective Graduate Students.

    Apply by January 15th for priority scholarship consideration or by March 15th. More information

Program Planning Sheets & Masters Handbook

  • The MSE MS Thesis Program Planning Sheet is found in the MSE Masters Handbook, under the Forms tab.  The planning sheet provides a “snapshot” view of the curriculum. You will submit a final program planning sheet, with advisor signature, when you apply to graduate.
  • MSE Master’s Handbook

Engineering Practice Option

Master’s students may add the optional “with Engineering Practice” designation to their Master of Science or Master of Engineering degree by completing an approved internship in their field of study.

The Engineering Practice option recognizes the power of combining rigorous academic coursework with supervised real-world research or industrial applications. Participating students add value to their academic experience with a related internship that enables them to both develop and apply their technical, project management, and leadership skills. The degree rewards participating students with a designation recognized by employers and research institutions.

The Engineering Practice option is available to all College of Engineering graduate students, including international students. For more information, contact the ENG Graduate Programs Office.

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