Master of Science in materials science

    M.S. Materials Science

    Elevate your career by pursuing a master's in materials science and engineering at Wayne State University. The program offers advanced technical training in key areas like thermodynamics and material characterization, providing expertise to tackle intricate materials design challenges. With a focus on hands-on learning and cutting-edge research, students gain practical experience and access state-of-the-art facilities, ensuring readiness for an evolving field and successful career. 


    Program highlights

    • Offers coursework-only or thesis-based programs
    • Flexibility to tailor the program to match your interests
    • Incorporate internships or cooperative education seamlessly into your academic journey
    • Consider the AGRADE 4+1 program- earn a B.S. and M.S. degree in five years

    Why earn a M.S. in materials science and engineering at WSU?

    Faculty Excellence: Our program includes an impressive variety of accomplished faculty members. These experts aren't just teachers; they're mentors ready to guide you through the complexities of material science and engineering. Their diverse backgrounds and ongoing research ensure you're learning from the best in the field.

    Hands-On Learning: Theory is essential, but at Wayne State, we believe in learning by doing. Our program emphasizes hands-on experience, giving you the chance to apply your knowledge in state-of-the-art laboratories. This practical approach ensures that you not only understand the principles but can also tackle real-world materials challenges.

    Cutting-Edge Research: Innovation is at the heart of Wayne State's material science and engineering program. Engage in cutting-edge research that pushes the boundaries of what's possible. From exploring new material properties to delving into interfacial phenomena, you'll be at the forefront of advancements in the field, contributing to the evolution of materials science.

    Location, Location, Location: Detroit's vibrant and dynamic landscape is more than just a backdrop. It's a goldmine for networking and industry opportunities. Situated in the heart of the automotive industry, Wayne State provides unparalleled access to potential employers and collaborators. Detroit's resurgence as a hub for technology and manufacturing ensures that your education isn't confined to the classroom; it extends into a thriving ecosystem of career prospects.

    Program curriculum and courses

    Wayne State’s 30-credit M.S. in materials science and engineering can be completed with a six-credit thesis (Plan A) or without a thesis (Plan C).

    The program provides a foundation in material science fundamentals, with courses in advanced mathematics, material properties, material and device characterization, and interfacial phenomena.  Through the selection of appropriate elective courses, students can focus their studies in a number of areas, including product and process engineering, project management, data science, sustainability and alternative energy.  

    Review the M.S. in materials science and engineering requirements

    Cutting-edge materials science and engineering research

    Graduate students keen on pursuing a research-oriented degree have the opportunity to collaborate with exceptional faculty across various research areas, such as:

    • Advanced materials
    • Battery technology
    • Biomaterials and tissue engineering
    • Drug and gene delivery
    • Molecular modeling
    • Polymer and colloidal engineering

    Tuition and financial aid

    Secure your master's degree in chemical engineering at the most affordable rate among Michigan's premier research universities. In addition to competitive tuition, WSU provides substantial financial support through scholarships and assistantships. Some of these opportunities not only lighten your financial load, but can contribute to career development, ensuring a balance of educational and financial stability.

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    Admission requirements (GRE is not required)

    To be considered for the master’s program in materials science and engineering, you must have attained a GPA of 3.0 or better in your baccalaureate program, including courses in chemical engineering, physics, material science and mathematics.  Students should have undergraduate mathematics through differential equations.

    Include the following materials when you upload your online application to the Graduate School:

    • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
    • Up to three letters of recommendation
    • A statement of approximately 300 words describing your academic and professional goals
    • Indication of up to three computer science faculty with whom you wish to work

    Application deadlines

    • Fall (begins in August): July 15
    • Winter (begins in January): November 1
    • Spring/Summer (Spring begins in May; Summer begins in June): February 1

    International applicants must meet the Graduate School’s minimum English proficiency requirements.

    It's more than a degree

    Wayne State's master's in materials science and engineering isn't just a degree—it's an immersive experience that equips you with the knowledge, skills, and connections to excel in the ever-evolving world of material science and engineering.