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Materials Science and Engineering (MS)  
Program Description

The graduate programs in the department are designed to provide advanced study in the fields of materials properties, materials structures, and materials processing. Emphasis is placed on metals, alloys, electronic and optical materials, ceramics, composites and biomaterials. Courses and research are provided in extraction, thermodynamics, kinetics, transport, microstructural characterization, physical properties, processing, and application.

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Materials Science & Engineering -

The science and engineering of materials hold the key to advances in many critical areas of high technology - from integrated circuits and chip carriers to turbine engines and optical waveguides. As a result, the field of Materials Science and Engineering abounds with scientific challenges critical to a broad variety of applications. Exciting times are ahead and MSE is poised to initiate new thrusts in optical materials, biomaterials, tissue engineering, nanotechnology and computational modeling of materials.

The Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Arizona has attracted a wide group of world class individuals to its faculty and has developed a pioneering and wide-ranging curriculum at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Funding from the state, federal government and industry has provided modern facilities and supported research of ever expanding scope and magnitude.  We conduct research at both the campus setting and at our off-campus research facility, the Arizona Materials Laboratory (AML).

The department has exciting research programs in areas as diverse as high-tech ceramics, non-linear optical materials, sol-gel and biomimetic processing, and polymers in electronic packaging. It has a long tradition of excellence in extractive and physical metallurgy; the movement toward high-tech materials has not been made at the expense of this excellence, but rather as a complement to it.

College of Engineering  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Elsa I Morales
Graduate Program Coordinator
Elsa I Morales
Director of Graduate Studies
Pierre A Deymier
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Minimum GPA  3.0
Official transcripts
3 letters of recommendation
Statement of purpose

International applicants must also provide:
Minimum TOEFL (interned-based):  79
Minimum TOEFL (paper-based):  550
Minimum IELTS (overall band score):  7
GRE scores

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE (international students)
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Minimum TOEFL: 79 (internet-based); 550 (paper-based)
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

Research assistantships (please contact research professors directly for RA positions)
Tuition and registration scholarships available for qualified students

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: June 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: June 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 1400, 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1499

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

M.S. Degree Program, Thesis Option          

Course Requirements:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

  • 18 units of regularly scheduled (A,B,C) graduate courses, including MSE 510 - Thermodynamics, MSE 572 – Kinetics.  A minimum of 9 units of the 18 required units  must be 500 level MSE courses.
  • 4 units of miscellaneous graduate courses (research, independent study or regularly scheduled graduate-level courses).  Only 1 unit of seminar (MSE 595a) will count towards the total misc. coursework requirement.  However, the student must be enrolled in seminar each semester*.
  • 8 units of thesis.
    30 Units Total plus the thesis defense


M.S. Degree Program, Non-thesis Option                                                       

Course Requirements:

  •    27 units of regularly scheduled (A,B,C) graduate courses of which 15 units must be from the MSE department, including MSE 510 -Thermodynamics, MSE 572 – Kinetics
  •    3 units of miscellaneous graduate courses (independent study or regularly scheduled graduate-level courses).   Only 1 unit of seminar (MSE 595a) will count towards the total misc. coursework requirement.   However, the student must be enrolled in seminar each semester*.  

30 Units Total

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 30 Jun 2014