The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Materials Science and Engineering

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in Materials Science and Engineering

Building on UMass Amherst’s established and recognized strength in materials research, the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) interdisciplinary graduate program (IDGP) brings together faculty from the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering from the College of Engineering, as well as the Departments of Chemistry and Physics from the College of Natural Sciences.

The M.S. degree offers coursework-based (non-thesis) degrees and thesis-based M.S. degrees. Typical timeframes for non-thesis M.S. will be 12 months (two semesters and one summer); thesis-based M.S. degrees will be completed typically over 18 to 20 months (four semesters and one summer).

The Ph.D. degree will typically require five years for completion, with a minimum residency of three years.

Visit the MSE IDGP website to learn more about admissions and degree requirements.

As a student of the MSE IDGP, you will learn to:

  • Apply advanced science (such as chemistry, biology, and physics), computational techniques, and engineering principles to materials systems
  • Integrate the understanding of the scientific and engineering principles underlying the four major elements of the field: structure, properties, processing, and performance related to material systems
  • Apply, integrate, and expand knowledge from each of the above four elements of the field using experimental, computational, and statistical methods to solve materials problems including selection and design, as well as to develop new materials and processes and enable innovative materials technologies

Graduates of M.S. and Ph.D. programs in MSE pursue a variety of career paths both within and outside of academia

  • Massachusetts ranks third nationally for employment of materials scientists and second in the number of materials science jobs per 1,000. 
  • The Boston-Cambridge-Newton metropolitan area ranks first nationally for the number of jobs in materials science.
  • Basic scientific research and technology development are two industries with the highest levels of employment for materials scientists and engineers, and account for 22% of all employment of materials professionals.


Ashwin Ramasubramaniam
Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Inaugural Program Director MSE IDGP

For current UMass Amherst undergraduates, an accelerated 4+1 M.S. will be available in the near future. There is also a 15-credit undergraduate certificate in materials engineering available within the College of Engineering.