Applied Master's Program Admission

Earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Materials Science and Engineering in a flexible program at the leading edge of materials research.

Deadline for autumn quarter 2021: March 15.

Information session: March 9, 4:00 p.m.
Learn more about the program from the program director and graduate advisor.
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Admission information

Degree information

Most students complete a project, research or internship-based paper upon graduation, though thesis options are also available. Successful students earn a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering upon completion of this program.

Please note: This is the only master's program offered by the MSE department.

Career development

Students enrolled in the program gain relevant experience for careers in a variety of fields including aerospace, biomedicine, energy, manufacturing, transportation and more. Graduates of the program pursue careers in research and development, serve as consultants, engage in entrepreneurial activities, and are also well-positioned to pursue doctoral studies. Based on our geographical location and faculty expertise, the department has relationships with some of the top engineering companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Intel, Micron, Hitachi Consulting, Toray, etc. The program also has synergistic relationships with the NAVSEA Keyport Division and the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL). A broad selection of courses and faculty mentors enables the student to tailor their academic program and to establish their own desired expertise.

Find out what some MSE Applied Master's Program alumni are doing in these student stories.

Pursuing doctoral studies at MSE

For those students interested in pursuing a doctorate, AMP can provide a stepping stone into our Ph.D. program. While admission is not guaranteed, your master's work will likely strengthen your application. 

AMP students typically apply during their second year of the master’s program. To be competitive, students should excel in both their research and graduate coursework. In addition, their GRE scores should be comparable to other Ph.D. students.

Note: It is advised that students do not enter the master’s program only in order to transfer to the Ph.D. program, as admission is not guaranteed.

Program structure and flexibility

The timeline for completing the program is flexible and designed to accommodate the student’s needs. The required 36 credits can be completed in as short as 9 months or over a 2-year period. In place of a traditional thesis, each student works with their faculty adviser to complete a final project or find an internship opportunity. This project/internship is designed to carry out an analysis and recommend solutions to an existing problem based on the individual's newly developed skills in Materials Science and Engineering.

Faculty advising and expertise

Each student selects a faculty adviser who best fits their interests and who will serve as both an academic and career development adviser.

Our extraordinary group of award-winning faculty is developing the next generation materials and making an impact across multiple disciplines. Areas of research strength include:

  • Biomimetics
  • Biomaterials & Bionanotechnology
  • Ceramic Processing & Properties
  • Composite Materials
  • Electronic, Optical & Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Characterization/Metrology with electrons, photons & scanning probes
  • Materials Chemistry, Modeling & Physics
  • Metals & Alloys
  • Polymers
  • Thin Films and Lithography

Internship or industrial option

Students have the option to complete an internship in lieu of a final project. If interested, students are responsible for finding these internship opportunities. MSE students have completed internships with companies such as Intel, Boeing and national laboratories. Internships provide students with hands-on work experience and simultaneously provide these companies with the opportunity to recruit, evaluate, and train potential employees.

Clean Energy Institute DIRECT Program

After joining the master's program, MSE students may apply to the DIRECT program. Students receive data science training, practice applying new tools and skills in a project-based learning environment, and gain experience working with industry and academic partners on a team-based capstone project. DIRECT trainees who complete the program will be credentialed and equipped for career options that require data science training. Learn more about the Clean Energy Institute DIRECT Program »

View the 2020 Info session

The graduate adviser, program directors, graduate faculty and students discuss the master's and Ph.D. programs. Learn about faculty research, the application process, the student experience, and more.