PhD in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE)

The Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) post-bachelor’s PhD and post-master’s PhD programs offer specialized study in the science, engineering, and technology of modern materials, integrating courses in engineering, chemistry, and physics. Through coursework and dissertation research, students will learn to apply experimental and computational methods to address cutting edge problems in advanced materials in biotechnology, nanotechnology, electronic and photonic devices, energy processing, and other emerging areas. Students will receive instruction in communications and ethics as appropriate to the social impact and implications of materials science and engineering.

Research areas are numerous and include 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.

**For Fall 2022 applicants to the MSE PhD program – The GRE is not required from applicants who have earned, or will earn, a degree (BS, MS or equivalent) from a U.S. institution.

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.

Program Planning Sheet and Handbook

The MSE PhD Program Planning Sheet (in the MSE Masters Handbook, under the Forms tab) provides a “snapshot” view of the curriculum. You will submit a final program planning sheet, with advisor signature, when you apply to graduate.

The MSE PhD Handbook provides College of Engineering policies, program requirements, logistics and contacts.

For Academic Program Information:

Please contact Elizabeth Flagg at

Graduate Bulletin

The College of Engineering Graduate Bulletin is the official resource for current curriculum information, college policies, and procedures.