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MS Materials Science and Engineering

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

32628 USD
17834 USD

Application fee

International 90 USD
National 70 USD
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

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.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.
  • Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
  • TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
  • Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.


 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.


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Course Modules

M.S. Degree

Requirements -Thesis Option- Non-Thesis Option

Credit Hours- Hours- Hours-

Total Credit for the Degree 32 36

  • Thesis Research - MSE 599 8 n/a
  • Course Work 24 36
  • MSE 492 (1 hour); credit does not apply toward the degree 0 0
  • MSE 595 0-2 0-2
  • Advisor group meetings (MSE 590) and area seminars (MSE 529, MSE 559) (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below) 0-4 0-4

Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap):

  • A minimum of 10 hours of MSE course work. 
  • A minimum of 14 500-level credit hours overall applied toward the degree (excluding 599).
  • MSE 595 (0 or 1 hour) must be taken every semester in the first two years of residence. A maximum of 2 hours may be applied toward the degree. 
  • MSE 529 or MSE 559 (0 or 1 hour) must be taken every semester. A maximum of 4 hours may be applied toward the degree.
  • The minimum program GPA is 3.0. 
  • The completed master's thesis must be approved by the advisor and the department head. 
  • Thesis Deposit Guidelines
  • Generally, students on a research assistantship will not be allowed in the non-thesis option.

The MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering typically requires 1.5-2 years to complete.


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How to Apply

Application Package
The following requirements must submitted in order for an applicant to be considered for admission and financial support.

  • Transcripts and certificates of degree*
  • One-page statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • GRE score
  • TOEFL score (international)
  • Non-refundable application processing fee ($70 domestic/$90 international) 
  • The application fee may be waived in some instances as described in more detail at the Graduate College website (http://www.grad.illinois.edu/application-information).
  • *Final or original transcripts will only be required if admission is offered.
  • The University of Illinois institution code for reporting test scores is 1836. International applicants receiving financial assistance from the Department are not required to complete the Financial Certification Form. International applicants who are admitted with outside financial assistance (government scholarships, corporate support, or personal funds) are required to submit the Financial Certification Form.

Application Deadline
January 1 for entering Fall semester
October 1 for entering Spring semester

Graduate applications are accepted for the spring and fall semesters, however a spring applicant is admitted only by request of a MatSE faculty member. Fall applicants are admitted at large and choose an advisor after arriving on campus and interviewing with professors who have openings for new students. The review of applications typically begins prior to the deadline and early offers of admission may be extended to outstanding applicants. Early submission is encouraged. Applicants can check the status of their application at https://my.matse.illinois.edu/gradstat. Log in with your email address and date of birth used in the Apply Yourself application system. Please note: Information may not be immediately available as some documents will have to be manually scanned and uploaded.

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