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. Apply online or create an account and submit a free pre-application https://www.admissions.iastate.edu/apply/online/.

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): Advanced manufacturing and materials processing; Biomaterials and bio-inspired materials; Functional materials and physical behavior; Materials for energy storage, conversion, and transmission; Structural materials; Soft materials, composites, and coatings

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

  1. Students successfully completing the Ph.D. program in MSE will develop and demonstrate: • a sound understanding of fundamental concepts in Materials Science and Engineering and their broad application in science and technology; • comprehensive knowledge and deep understanding of scholarly literature relevant to the specific area(s) of study, including both contemporary and foundational work; and • an ability to contribute substantially to their field of study through original research and sound application of fundamental concepts, scientific methods, and engineering practices.
  2. Students successfully completing the M.S. program in MSE will develop and demonstrate: • a sound understanding of fundamental concepts in Materials Science and Engineering and their broad application in science and technology; • a functional awareness and understanding of scholarly literature relevant to the specific area(s) of study, including both contemporary and foundational work; and • an ability to work effectively in their field of interest through sound application of fundamental concepts, scientific methods, and engineering practices.
  3. Students successfully completing the M.Eng. program in MSE will develop and demonstrate: • a sound understanding of fundamental concepts in Materials Science and Engineering and their broad application in science and technology; • an awareness of contemporary critical issues in Materials Science and Engineering; and • an ability to work effectively in their field of interest through sound application of fundamental concepts, scientific methods, and engineering practices.

Doctoral Degree Outcomes

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Julie Kuhlman
Phone: 515-294-0080
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Requirements

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. For Fall 2021, the application deadline has been extended to February 7th. All applications are fully reviewed upon receipt, and we strongly recommend that full applications be submitted by February 7, 2021.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

Minimum GPA of 3.0 (undergrad or most recently completed degree)
Resume and transcripts (see application)
Three letters of recommendation
Personal statement (see application)
GRE scores (optional)
Special process for concurrent enrollment applications

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
IELTS 6.5
PTE 53
Duolingo 105

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