About the Department

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The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is recognized throughout the materials community for its educational and research accomplishments.

Since it was established as the first materials science academic department in the world more than 50 years ago, the department has continued to lead the field. Faculty members are renowned for their research excellence and have been honored around the world for pioneering work. Department alumni are likewise leaders in academia, industry, professional organizations, and entrepreneurial efforts.


The Department of Materials Science and Engineering's mission continues the farsighted and broad vision of its founders:

  • To provide a well-rounded education in materials science and engineering to meet the needs of industry, academia, and government 
  • To give definition to the expanding discipline
  • To conduct frontier research
  • To provide leadership in the cross-disciplinary materials community


Both our undergraduate and graduate programs are well respected in the field.

Our undergraduate program is currently ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Our graduate program is currently ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Collaborative Research

Strong interdisciplinary research is a hallmark of materials science and engineering at Northwestern. We collaborate with most other Northwestern engineering and science departments, the Feinberg School of Medicine, and national laboratories, including nearby Argonne National Laboratory, which includes the Advanced Photon Source and the Center for Nanoscale Materials.

Northwestern is home to an exceptional number of materials-related interdisciplinary centers. Of the 26 University centers, materials science and engineering faculty members direct or participate in 11. Half the MSE faculty participate in Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) funded by the Department of Energy in 2009; two EFRCs are located at Northwestern, and another two are centered at nearby Argonne National Laboratory. These interdisciplinary efforts comprise one of the broadest MSE programs in the nation and provide students with ample opportunities to work on cross-disciplinary research.

Interdisciplinary Research Centers

Much of the materials-related research at Northwestern involves collaborations between faculty and student members of various centers. Learn more about these interdisciplinary research centers.

ABET Accredited Program

The materials science and engineering program at Northwestern is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Student enrollment and graduation data from this program are available on the McCormick School website

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Room 2036
Evanston, IL 60208
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