Graduate School

Materials Science and Engineering—MS, PhD

Materials science student pouring molten metal.

Fast Facts

  • Ranked among the best in the nation by US News & World Report
  • Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their teaching, research, and professional service. Many have received prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards and are recognized by professional societies.
  • The ratio of graduate students to faculty is 2.5:1.
  • Excellent research facilities
  • Close interaction between faculty and graduate students
  • Successful alumni in industry, academia, and entrepreneurship
  • This program is available as an accelerated master's degree.
  • Online options for MS students are available in certain circumstances. For more information please contact the graduate program director.

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Graduate Programs in Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science and engineering focuses on the synthesis, processing, properties, and applications of engineering materials—from the production of primary metals to the development of microelectronic nanomaterials with novel properties. Michigan Tech granted its first PhD in Metallurgy in 1934 and remains a leader in research and graduate education, now offering PhD and MS degrees in Materials Science and Engineering.

The graduate program offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering provides an outstanding foundation for careers in research, academia, materials production, and manufacturing. Current Michigan Tech undergraduate students can earn a MS degree with just a single year of study beyond the BS through the Accelerated Master's Program.

Graduate students have the opportunity to study composite materials, ceramics, metals and alloys, electronic and optical materials, and polymers. Research topics include synthesis and processing of primary materials, thermodynamics and kinetics of microstructural evolution, and material properties and performance, to name a few. Current research spans the entire spectrum of materials engineering and involves more than twenty-five government and industry partners. Students interact closely with automotive and primary metals industry.

Learn more about the Materials Science and Engineering program.