Graduate Programs

Graduate study in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) at Illinois provides the fundamental knowledge, practical skills, and professional experience necessary to enter a successful career involving advanced materials.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering. The student body of about 200 students and the faculty have varied backgrounds in science and engineering. Faculty members carry out research in many different areas, and students may choose to specialize in various aspects of materials science and engineering, including ceramics, metals, polymers, electronic materials, biomaterials and composites. The MatSE Department emphasizes interdisciplinary research, and collaboration across engineering departments is common.

The graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois offers students a mixture of high quality education and cutting-edge research. U.S. News and World Report ranks the graduate program in materials at Illinois among the top programs in the nation. Facilities such as the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory provide unparalleled access and training on the world-class instrumentation you will need for your research.

Whether your goal is research in an industrial setting, national laboratory, or academia, a materials science and engineering graduate degree from Illinois gives you the foundation for a long and innovative career.