Materials Science and Engineering

 

Program Information:

Program Statement:
    Graduate students in MSE actively study and pursue next-generation materials solutions in areas such as: Energy storage and transmission; Advanced manufacturing and materials processing; Advanced vehicles and propulsion; Biomaterials and biomedical technologies; Nanomaterials; and Functional responsive materials. 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 the Doctor of Philosophy (with research thesis/dissertation), the Master of Science (research thesis track or research portfolio track), and the Master of Engineering (courswork only). We also offer 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/.
Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Emphasis:
  • Advanced manufacturing and materials processing
  • Biomaterials and bio-inspired materials
  • Computational modeling of materials and processes
  • Functional materials and physical behavior
  • Materials for energy storage, conversion, and transmission
  • Soft materials, composites, and coatings
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Program Contact:

Contact: Julie Kuhlman
Phone: 515-294-0080
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

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

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements: International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2023) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Applications are accepted year-round, with the following deadlines for full consideration: Nov 1 for Spring term admission, Feb1 for Fall term admission, and Apr 15 for Summer term admission. (Applicants not admitted may elect to have their applications remain open for consideration in subsequent terms.)
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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