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Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering

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The program leading to the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering is a dissertation-based program designed to prepare students for research and development at the doctoral level. The program requires a minimum of 66 course credits representing advanced courses, independent research a comprehensive exam (which serves as a qualifying exam for admission to candidacy), and a dissertation constituting an original and significant contribution to the discipline. View the Ph.D. degree requirements to find out more about the program.

Education through research is a hallmark of our graduate programs and there are substantive research opportunities. As a graduate student, your education encompasses the guiding principles of materials science (structure, processing, properties and performance); teaching, mentorship and leadership; and novel research leading to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Apply for Admission

The application deadline for priority admission consideration is January 15 for Fall admission and August 15 for Spring admission. The Micron School of Materials graduate program adheres to the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution. This resolution provides a national deadline of April 15 for prospective graduate students to accept an offer of financial support. We do accept applications throughout the year but to receive priority consideration for graduate assistantship funding for the fall semester and an admission recommendation before April 15, all application materials must be on file by January 15. Visit the Graduate College Website to find out more about the application process.


Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Claire Xiong
Academic Programs Manager: Jessica Economy

Phone: (208) 426-5600