Prospective Graduate Students

Whether your interest is in industry, academia, or something in between, we offer graduate and post-graduate degrees designed to meet your goals. Our faculty and graduate students conduct important research on interdisciplinary topics ranging from developing biomaterials for tissue engineering, ceramics for energy applications and composites and metals for aerospace to genetically engineering molecules and semiconductors for electronics. Our students work in research facilities including the Electron Microscopy Center, the MSE Materials Characterization User Facility, and the Washington Nanofabrication Facility.

Graduate Programs in Materials Science & Engineering offers two degree program options:


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Materials Science & Engineering 

The PhD degree program is geared toward students who wish to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students also have the opportunity to earn their Master of Science (MS) degree while in this program. This degree program offers educational & research opportunities in processing, characterization, and properties of all classes of materials. Thesis or dissertation research opportunities are available for leading-edge, interdisciplinary work. Research and teaching assistantships and stipends are often available for students who are accepted into this program. The expected time frame for full-time graduate students is five years to complete this program.


Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Materials Science & Engineering                                                                        

This professional degree program is designed for students seeking to earn their Master of Science (MS) in Materials Science and Engineering to further their career goals or to meet work requirements. This is a fast track program that is designed to be completed in one year. Instead of a thesis requirement, a final written and oral final report is required. This program is self-sustaining / not supported by state funds and does not offer assistantships and stipends.

For more details about the Applied Master’s Program please view our AMP Brochure.


Application instructions and online application are available here:



Funding, Fellowships, and Financial Aid

The following websites offer financial resources for funding the MS and PhD thesis track programs:


The MS degree (Applied) program students may apply for federal financial aid (low-interest student loans). For information on federal financial aid, how to apply (FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid), applicable deadlines, etc., visit the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) web site at .

Additional MSE Information                                                                                          

For more details about the master's and PhD programs in MSE, including admission requirements, TA and RA requirements, facilities, and administrative procedures, see the Graduate Student Handbook.

Contact Us

Graduate Academic Adviser
302 Roberts Hall
(206) 543-2740


Here are some of fellowships which our graduate students receive:

  • ARCS Fellowship
  • Bank of America Fellowship
  • Center for Nanotechnology Fellowship
  • Delimitros Fellowship
  • Ford Fellowship
  • GSFEI Top Scholar
  • Humboldt Fellowship
  • Intel Fellowship
  • Jen Fellowship
  • Marsh Fellowship
  • NSF Fellowship
  • Schwager Fellowship
  • Stoebe Fellowship
  • Wagstaff Fellowship