Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering

The Ph.D. in materials science and engineering is a research-intensive program that prepares students for careers in research and teaching in the field.

Program at a glance

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To receive full consideration for funding, apply by the deadlines below:

  • Fall enrollment: March 15
  • Spring enrollment: Oct. 1

Admissions requirements

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum GRE: No minimum
  • Minimum TOEFL: 550

Graduate Program Director: Qi An,

Why choose this Ph.D. in materials science and engineering?

Students in the program work closely with our materials science and engineering faculty, who have research strengths in the following areas:

  • Metallurgy
  • Nuclear materials
  • Metals and alloys
  • Renewable energy
  • Nanomaterials synthesis and processing
  • Metallic foams and porous materials
  • Diffusion, crystallization and mass transport
  • Materials modeling
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Biomaterials

How do I apply?

Applicants to the doctoral program should have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a field that prepares them for graduate work in materials science and engineering.

Additionally, they should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • TOEFL scores of 550 (paper) or 79 (internet) or 6.5 on the IELTS. Students whose last degree is from an English speaking country are exempt from taking TOEFL/IELTS.

Please direct any questions to Graduate Program Director Dev Chidambaram at

To apply online, visit the Graduate School website, which includes detailed instructions on the Graduate School's application and admission requirements.

Students whose quantitative GRE score is at least 165 may be eligible to have application fees paid by the College of Engineering. Learn more about this application fee waiver by visiting the College of Engineering website.

Is funding available?

Applicants to the Ph.D. program in materials science will be considered for available graduate teaching and research assistantships. Learn more about graduate assistantships on The Graduate School website.

To learn more about paying for graduate school, visit the resources listed below:

What's next?

Visit the Graduate School website to begin an application. To learn more about the program, please fill out the form below.

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