Admission Information

The Master of Science (MS) and Doctorate (PhD) degrees in Materials Science, are for students wishing to conduct research in an exciting interdisciplinary field of soft matter science. 

It is open to students with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering and materials science. Students will join the program, complete course work and then join a research lab.  

Find out about our program and admissions requirements


Other Helpful Information

With assistance from their research advisor, students complete research projects, write their thesis or dissertation, develop professional skills, present research, and attend scientific meetings. 

Admissions into the MS/PhD programs are for Fall semester only.

** We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2023 admission cycle.  The application cycle for Fall 2024 admission should open the first week in August. **

Competitive Applicants

  • GPA average for accepted students 3.5
    • Minimum GPA 2.75 required; however, applicants must demonstrate an ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA in graduate coursework.  Applicants can demonstrate this by meeting one or more of the following conditions: solid science background in physics, chemistry and math. 

Tips for Personal Statements

Clearly explain in their personal statement why they wish to pursue a MS or PhD in Materials Science, a description of their research experience and outline their research interests and long-term goals. Students should identify 3-5 faculty who they are interested in working with based on their and the faculty’s research interests. Faculty research interests can be found on the program webpages. It is not necessary to reach out to faculty, as they do not have any impact on admission. 

If you are interested in applying to the MS or PhD graduate program in Materials Science, please click on the button below.

Click here to apply to our MS/PhD programs.