Applied Master's Program Admission

For students interested in pursuing an advanced research or industry-oriented degree toward a career in Materials Science and Engineering or in preparation for a Ph.D., the Applied Master's Program is a flexible, on-campus program completed in one to two years.

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

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 of Materials Science & Engineering upon completion of this program.

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 »

Career development

Students gain experience within the program for careers in a variety of fields including aerospace, consulting, biomedicine and energy. Based on its geographical location and faculty expertise, the department has relationships with some of the top engineering companies such as Boeing, PNNL, Intel, Micron and Hitachi Consulting. Graduates of the program pursue careers in research and development, serve as consultants, engage in entrepreneurial activities or strengthen their application for doctoral studies. 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.

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.