Materials Science and Engineering


MSE graduate programs integrate cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art facilities, a dynamic curriculum, and world-class faculty to provide a uniquely valuable and immersive experience for our students. MSE graduate students engage in meaningful research with real-world impact and go on to become leaders in industry, academics, and research. If you have a background in the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, engineering, or mathematics and want to do something truly special, we encourage you to explore opportunities in our MSE graduate programs.

Doctoral Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Engineering (M.Engr.), Master of Science (M.S.)

Online Degrees: None

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): Current graduate research programs include a wide range of topics, such as functional bulk and nanomaterials; batteries and other energy storage/conversion materials; biomaterials; additive manufacturing; nonferrous alloys; medical materials and medicines; materials synthesis and processing; advanced characterization; computational materials science; and innovative materials design and manufacturing.

Doctoral Degree Outcomes

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: For questions about the MSE program, email
Phone: 515-294-0080
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ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: The MSE program accepts new students for Fall semester only. Applications are accepted year-round. However, the deadline for guaranteed Fall 2019 consideration is February 2. (This was recently extended from January 1.)

Program Requires GRE: Yes

Program Requires GMAT : No

Resume (upload with the application)
Minimum GPA above 3.0
Minimum GRE Verbal 145, Quantitative 155, Written 3.0

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
PTE 53

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

Office of Admissions
100 Enrollment Services Ctr.
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2011