What will I learn?

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Advanced Materials Engineering (MatE) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program offered by the College of Engineering. The M.S. in MatE degree program is directed by the Advanced Materials Engineering Graduate Program Committee and is currently administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The Master of Science degree in Advanced Materials Engineering is designed to offer training opportunities for graduate students to gain the state-of-the-art technical knowledge and skill sets necessary for independent critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making to address multidisciplinary problems in materials engineering. The degree program also provides students with opportunities in taking multidisciplinary courses from the College of Engineering and other colleges at UTSA to enhance students’ interdisciplinary research potentials as well as their technical leadership and entrepreneurship skills. The affiliated program faculty consists of UTSA graduate faculty who offers MatE core/concentration courses or serves on MatE Program/Supervising Committees during the current or previous catalog period. Each MatE program faculty is actively engaged in interdisciplinary research/education and brings to this program extensive and a wide range of expertise.

The program addresses three interlinked areas of knowledge in advanced materials engineering:

Structure-function relationships in materials, which determine behavior at the macro-, micro-, nano-, molecular- and atomic-levels;
Synthesis, characterization, measurement, and computational modeling of materials (ceramics, composites, metals, polymers, multifunctional, electronic and biomedical) especially those with novel multifunctional properties; and
Design and fabrication of advanced materials and devices that address current and future technological challenges in a wide range of applications including energy, communications, control and automation, health and medicine, nanotechnology, structural and environmental, and transportation.

The M.S. in MatE offers core courses to all enrolled students to achieve a common platform of understanding and knowledge. Subsequently, students will choose their concentrations according to materials classifications and applications. Currently two concentrations are offered:

Concentration I – Multifunctional Electronic, Dielectric, Photonic and Magnetic Materials
Concentration II – Multifunctional Biomedical Materials

Upon recommendation of the student’s Supervising Professor and with the approval of the Program Director, a student may take graduate-level courses offered by other graduate programs related to materials science and engineering, including from the Management of Technology program, to augment the student’s education and creativity in interdisciplinary areas and to better prepare the student for jobs in research and in the industry.

Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Degree Requirements

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the M.S. in MatE degree is 30 for the thesis option and 33 for the non-thesis option.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$26,564.00 (19,53,235) per year
Application deadline

15 November 2021

Start date

18 January 2022


College of Engineering

BSE Building, Room 2.106,

One UTSA Circle,



78249, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A grade point average of at least 3.2 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework

For international students

A bachelor’s degree in any discipline of engineering or sciences especially from materials science, physics or chemistry. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate studies.

Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 60 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper version, 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Application deadline:

Fall: June. 15

Spring: Nov. 15

Summer: Apr. 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.