Earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Materials Science and Engineering in a flexible program at the leading edge of materials research.
Program benefits and features
Further your career
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 and become entrepreneurs. 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).
Read our alumni profiles to find out what some MSE Applied Master's Program alumni are doing.
Prepare for doctoral studies at UW 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.
Note: It is advised that students do not enter the master’s program only in order to transfer to the Ph.D. program. Admission is dependent on academics and the caliber of research while completing the master’s program.
Tailor the program to your schedule and interests
The timeline for completing the program is flexible. The required 36 credits can be completed in as short as 9 months or over a 2-year period. Learn more about the master's program requirements.
In place of a traditional thesis, you will complete a final project or find an internship opportunity. For the project or internship, you will carry out an analysis and recommend solutions to an existing problem using your newly developed skills in materials science and engineering.
- More information on internships
The department and university offer resources to help students find an internship. MSE students have completed internships with companies such as Intel, Boeing and national laboratories. Internships provide hands-on work experience and simultaneously provide companies with the opportunity to recruit, evaluate, and train potential employees.
Work with experts in a variety of disciplines
You will select a faculty adviser who best fits your interests. Your adviser 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 faculty research
- 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
- Thin Films and Lithography
Option to apply to the Clean Energy Institute DIRECT Program
After joining the master's program, you 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 »
The student experience
Meet some of our students.
Elena's work in a technology development factory led her to an interest in pursuing in-depth training in materials science.
Abdul's experience at MSE has included creating batteries in Professor Jun Liu's lab. "It’s been very interesting for me to see how you move from research, then you have goals in mind that can make solutions to be implemented for the general public," he says.
View a recent 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.
If you choose to complete an internship, you are responsible for finding the internship opportunity. MSE students have completed internships with companies such as Intel, Boeing and national laboratories. Internships provide hands-on work experience and simultaneously provide companies with the opportunity to recruit, evaluate, and train potential employees.