Materials Science and Engineering—MS, PhD

Materials Science and Engineering melds together synthesis and processing, structure, properties, and applications of engineering materials while interacting closely with industry and government partners. Are you ready?

Accelerated Master's Program is available for current Michigan Tech students.

Program Overview

You’ll have the opportunity to study metals and alloys; ceramics; electronic, magnetic, and optical materials; and polymers. Our master's and doctoral in materials science and engineering program is inherently interdisciplinary—students interact and collaborate with students and scientists in other engineering and science disciplines.

  • Delivery Options

    • Accelerated: MS
    • On-Campus: MS, PhD

Materials Science and Engineering Program Details

Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the materials science and engineering program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Materials Science and Engineering is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

Want to learn more about materials science and engineering at Michigan Tech? Visit the department for more information:


Graduate Director

Doug Swenson

Graduate Assistant

Amy Raffaelli


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your materials and science engineering MS and PhD. Sample areas include:

  • Solar Cells
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Foundry

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

Who You'll Work With

Our students work closely with faculty; most research-oriented graduate students are funded with research assistantships. Examples of current research include alloy development, materials for energy, functional material design and simulation, ultra-small-scale material characterization, advanced materials processing, and computational material simulation and design. What is materials science and engineering?

Where You'll Work

Our department manages Michigan Tech’s Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory (ACMAL), containing the university’s scanning electron and transmission electron microscopes, including a unique, scanning transmission FEI Titan Themis. The facility maintains excellent X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Auger electron spectroscopy capabilities. Processing facilities include melt processing, deformation processing, microelectronic fabrication, and particulate (powder)-based processing capabilities.

Faculty Spotlight

Erik Herbert

Erik Herbert
Assistant Professor,
Materials Science and Engineering

"Everything has to be made out of something. The question is, what?"

Through the development and implementation of novel mechanical characterization techniques at micron and sub-micron length scales, our research directly enables transformative insights into the complex coupling between the microstructure, its defects, and device performance.

Program Faculty