Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering
The Grainger College of Engineering
4 - 5 years
16 Dec 2023
Earliest start date
Our graduate program consistently ranks highly in the U.S. News and World Report; 2023 rankings place us as the #2 materials science and engineering program in the U.S. Diversifying our community of students, faculty and staff is fundamental to our mission of sustaining and pushing forward excellence in academics and research, and we are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.
The Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering program is directed at students hoping to pursue a research career in academia, industry or national labs. Carrying out research in state-of-the-art facilities and routinely crossing disciplinary lines, our Ph.D. students work with world-class faculty on complex problems and make discoveries that will change the world.
Scholarships and Funding
Through the Grainger Engineering Five-Year Ph.D. Funding Guarantee, Ph.D. students in their first five years of enrollment are guaranteed a funded appointment for fall and spring that includes a full tuition waiver and stipend.
MatSE graduate students are also encouraged to seek out fellowships and assistantships through our department and various partners.
Our curriculum is flexible and easily tailored to support research in all areas of materials and individual interests. Most of our Ph.D. students are able to complete their coursework requirements within about 2 years and focus on their innovative thesis research.
#2 Materials science and engineering graduate program
#11 Overall engineering graduate program
(U.S. News & World Report 2023)
Program Tuition Fee
Gain knowledge and experiences that will help pave the way to positions in renowned companies, national laboratories, or top Ph.D. programs. Our graduates receive an average of 2 or more job offers following graduation.
Sample Industry Destinations:
- Dow Chemical Company
- Honeywell Aerospace
Sample National Lab Destinations:
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Northwestern University
- Stanford University
- University of California
- University Of Michigan