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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Materials Science and Engineering University of Washington



Course info


The Ph.D. program provides students with the skills to conduct advanced research in processing, characterization, and properties of all classes of materials. The degree is broken into three major stages that culminate in the Qualifying Examination, General Examination, and Final Examination.

Course Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree requires proficiency in MSE knowledge and demonstrated ability for independent work and original thought. To qualify for the degree, the graduate student must:

  • Demonstrate general scholastic proficiency in the field of materials science and engineering and related areas through a program of approved courses and special examinations
  • Successfully complete a research program that makes a contribution of knowledge and demonstrates the student's ability to complete an independent research investigation
  • Prepare a written dissertation which is based on the research program and which meets acceptable standards of writing skill

Credits and course of study

To earn a Ph.D. degree in MSE, students must earn a minimum of 90 credits, as follows:

At least 18500-level (or approved 400) academic course credits, all numerically graded on the U.S. 4-point scale. Generally, the 18 credits are met by:

9 credits MSE core credits. You must earn a minimum grade of 3.0 for each core course and earn a minimum 3.2 GPA across the courses.
9 credits MSE elective courses (or approved non-MSE courses)

6 credits of MSE 520 seminar
30 credits of MSE 600 or 700 Research (see MSE 600 and 700 notes)
36 credits of MSE 800 Dissertation (see note about MSE 800)

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Materials Science and Engineering.

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$34,279.00 (25,12,630) per year




University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An undergraduate or master's degree in materials science and engineering, or in a relevant field of study such as another engineering major, physics or chemistry, is required.

Minimum GPA and exam scores

The University of Washington Graduate School requires an applicant to have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered eligible for admission.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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