Materials science and engineering (MS, PhD)
Materials research is a rapidly evolving arm of the engineering community. Using imagination, curiosity, testing and tools as fuel for discovery, materials science is helping us to understand the structure-property relationships of nanomaterials, and applications in energy, security and sustainability.
Approximately 70 faculty members from engineering, physics and chemistry backgrounds help to advise graduate students, offering a diverse look at the depth and breadth of the materials science program. Research mentors and nationally recognized thesis committee members help to guide our students’ individualized studies, and a strong alumni and professional network create a path to long-term professional opportunities.
Materials science and engineering, MS
The Master of Science degree prepares students for careers in everything from materials science to government to education. The two-year program includes:
- Two core materials courses
- A seminar
- Six elective courses, all chosen to follow the student’s interests
Materials science and engineering, PhD
Interdisciplinary in nature, the doctoral program addresses a broad range of materials-driven challenges, such as energy efficiency, sustainability, functional nanostructures, and more.
The four required courses in core subjects are:
- Structure and properties of materials
- Advanced thermodynamics
- Kinetics and phase transformations
- Physics of materials
Application and admission Information
The following application materials must be submitted directly to Graduate Admission Services:
If your institution sends electronic official transcripts, we accept the following electronic transcript services: E-Scrip, Parchment, Credentials Inc., and National Student Clearinghouse. All E-Scrip, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse transcripts must be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org from those transcript services or from the institutions that use those services. If you can and choose to use these services, you should apply online to the ASU Graduate Admission Services application prior to having your official e-transcripts sent.
If your institution does not use one of those transcript services, you will need to mail an official transcript. Your six digit application ID should be on the transcript envelope if possible.
Graduate Admission Services
Application for Admission
Can be only accessed online. Click here to go to Application for Admission
Application Priority Deadline
Fall Semester – December 31
Spring Semester – August 1
A priority deadline means that applications submitted and completed before the priority deadline will receive priority consideration. Applications submitted after the priority deadlines will be reviewed in the order in which they were completed. An application is complete after all materials are received by Graduate Admissions.
Graduate Admissions Services has a late application fee for students applying after the university deadline. For a list of those deadlines, please go to: https://graduate.asu.edu/.
US citizens $70
Non-US citizens $115
This is a processing fee assessed by Graduate Admission Services and cannot be waived or deferred. Late fees apply: graduate.asu.edu/admissions/how_to_apply
Transcripts and GRE scores
Only official transcripts are accepted; no photocopies. These must be mailed to Graduate Admissions Services (see address above). For international students, transcripts must be in the original language, along with an official English translation. Also see:
Graduate Admissions Services: students.asu.edu/graduate/apply
Official score sent by ETS only. Guideline for the GRE: verbal 146+, quantitative 159+, analytical 3.5+. Institution code for ASU: 4007; there is no department code.
GRE Waiver: Any M.S. applicant who received an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited program at an institution in the U.S. and achieved a GPA of 3.3 or higher will be waived from the GRE requirement. No Ph.D. applicants will be waived from the GRE requirement.
Materials Science and Engineering MS Online: No GRE required.
Resume, personal statement and letters of recommendation
A resume is useful but not required. Upload a resume in the online application process.
Essay describing your background, academic achievements, research interests, career goals, and why you wish to pursue graduate study in Materials Science and Engineering at ASU. You will be asked to upload your personal statement in the online application process. .
Three (3) recommendation letters
The online application will ask you for three names and three email addresses for three recommenders; and the company/school for which they work. Your recommenders will receive an email and must submit their letter of recommendation electronically.
Additional admission requirements for international applicants
English proficiency (for international graduate applicants)
A TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score is required by the graduate Chemical Engineering program, in order to be considered for admission.
- Official TOEFL sent by ETS only. Minimum scores: iBT 100; pBT 600. Institution code for ASU: 4007; for department code, applicant may enter 0000
- Official IELTS sent by issuing institution only. Minimum score: 7. No institution code is needed
- Official PTE sent by Pearson only. Minimum Score: 65
- Official TOEFL sent by ETS only. Minimum scores: iBT 90; pBT 575. Institution code for ASU: 4007; for department code, applicant may enter 0000
- Official IELTS sent by issuing institution only. Minimum score: 6.5. No institution code is needed
- Official PTE sent by Pearson only. Minimum Score: 60
You could qualify for an exemption from this requirement by one of the following two options:
- This requirement would be met if you successfully complete the highest level at the Global Launch Intensive English Program with grades of B or better; AND in addition, acquire a score of 50 or better on the Speak Test (must be taken at Arizona State University).
- You successfully complete the highest level at the Global Launch Intensive English Program with grades of B or better OR
- Attended in person a regionally accredited college or university in the United States and earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in the U.S., OR
- Attended in person a regionally accredited college or university in the United States and completed at least 12 credit hours of graduate course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher (all credits must be earned in the U.S.), OR
- Attended in person a regionally accredited college or university in the United States and completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher (all 90 hours must be earned in the U.S.)
For more information, visit the Graduate Admission Services English Proficiency Requirement and Exemption website.
Still have a question? Contact Advising
If you still have questions regarding admission requirements and procedures, please contact the SEMTE graduate advising office: