You are here

Materials Science and Engineering

The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Program is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. and M.S. program aimed at providing a rigorous education in materials science and engineering and the fundamental physics, engineering, chemistry and biology that underlie this discipline. Educational goals are achieved through both coursework and training in cross-disciplinary research supervised by one or more science and engineering faculty members.

The program offers six unique tracks of study: electronic, magnetic and photonics materials; soft materials; structural materials; materials for energy; biomaterials; and computational materials science.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

MS – The coursework masters requirements include a total of 30 credit hours from required coursework including three required core courses (9 credit hours), two required track core courses (6 credit hours), two core elective courses within each track (6 credit hours) and three breadth electives that are approved elective courses (9 credit hours).

The thesis masters requires 30 credit hours of which 6 are thesis credit hours with the other 24 required credit hours consisting of course requirements that are the same as the coursework masters course requirements, except that only one breadth course is required.

PhD - The Ph.D. degree requirements include a total of 30 credit hours from required coursework including three required core courses (9 credit hours) and two required track core courses (6 credit hours), two are core elective courses within each track (6 credit hours) and three are breadth electives that are approved elective courses (9 elective courses), which together make up the minimum coursework requirements. Furthermore, a total of 30 research credit hours are required. 

Admissions Requirements: 
  • Completed online application and fee – There is a non-refundable $50.00 fee for domestic applicants and a $70.00 fee for international applicants.  Application fees are payable by credit card using the online application.
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts – One official transcript should be submitted from each undergraduate or graduate institution attended. This includes community colleges and any school attended for which credit has been awarded.
  • Official GRE scores – The University of Colorado at Boulder school code is 4841. There is no need to input a department code for GRE scores. Please contact the testing service to have official scores sent directly to the University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • Three letters of recommendation –Letters of Recommendation help the Graduate Admissions Committee learn more about the qualifications and experiences of prospective students. Applicants should choose recommenders that can help relay a holistic view of his or her past experiences. Many students elect to have former professors, supervisors or industry colleagues submit letters on their behalf.
  • TOEFL (for international applicants only) – Please make sure to contact the testing service to have official scores sent directly to the University of Colorado at Boulder. Unofficial scores will not be accepted. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived for students who qualify under the following conditions: a) the student’s native language is English, or b) the student has completed at least one year of full-time study at a U.S. Institution (or at an institution in a country where English is the native language), at the time of submission, or within two years from the desired admission term.
Contact Information: 

Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building
Room C127
3415 Colorado Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303

303-735-6598