Materials Science and Engineering


Pursing next-generation materials solutions in areas such as energy, transportation, infrastructure, cyber-security, manufacturing, wearables, agriculture, nanomaterials, and medicine, MSE graduate students work closely with our interdisciplinary faculty to address critical challenges and explore exciting new opportunities for innovation. Our students come from all over the world and from a wide variety of technical fields. Their career paths are equally diverse, and many go on to become leaders and innovators in academics, research, industry, medicine, business, and public service. MSE offers three advanced degree options, including Ph.D, M.S. and M. Eng. degrees and two concurrent enrollment options (BS/MS and BS/MEng). 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 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): Our students engage in a broad range of research projects, involving structure-property-processing-performance relationships and materials development in areas such as: Energy conversion, storage, and transmission; Soft materials, composites, and coatings; Functional materials and devices; Advanced structural alloys; Biomaterials and bio-inspired materials; Additive and other advanced manufacturing techniques.

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: Applications are accepted year-round. Most frequently, new admits start in the Fall term, but other start dates are possible. The deadline for guaranteed Fall 2020 consideration is February 3.

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
Special procedures for concurrent program application.

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