With distinguished faculty, renowned researcher centers, and state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, graduate education at McCormick is designed to meet the global demand for analytical and innovative problem solvers. Whether you wish to advance your professional and technical education or pursue cutting-edge research, McCormick can help you achieve your goal.
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering's graduate program is currently ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Students who intend to pursue a PhD should apply for the PhD program; an MS is not required. The MS program is for students who are interested in graduating with an MS degree.
We strongly recommend that students begin their graduate programs in the fall quarter, although those with unusual circumstances and an appropriate background may begin in the winter quarter or during Summer Session.
Our PhD program in materials science and engineering was the first in the world and is internationally reknowned for the excellence of its graduates.
We admit students who will enthusiastically pursue deep understanding while nourishing interdisciplinary interests, and who above all are committed to advancing the frontiers of materials understanding and resulting technologies. To pursue a broad range of research, we actively seek students with diverse backgrounds and undergraduate training, including physicists, chemists, and engineers from other disciplines. Learn more about our PhD program »
The MS program in materials science and engineering is a one-year professional master's program that provides advanced technical preparation for a career in engineering or related fields including management and entrepreneurship.
The program requirements are flexible in order to support students with diverse interests and career goals. While many of our MS students have undergraduate degrees in materials science and engineering, the program is also suitable for students with other backgrounds who seek to increase their knowledge of materials engineering and create new career opportunities.
Of particular note is our certificate program in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), which is specifically designed to prepare students for career opportunities in industry related to the Materials Genome Initiative. In addition, business-oriented students can earn a minor in engineering management. MS students can take full advantage of on-campus career services and recruiting opportunities.
Students who graduate from the MS program pursue careers in industry, government, business, and law, with substantially increased salaries and opportunities compared to those with only BS degrees. Some students choose to go on to PhD programs in MSE, though the MS program is not designed as a pathway to the PhD program. Students with a strong interest in academic research should instead apply to the PhD program. Learn more about our master's program. »