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What will I learn?

The focus of current advanced materials research at Cornell includes ceramics, complex fluids, metals, polymers and semiconductors in the form of thin films and in the bulk. Electrical, magnetic, mechanical, optical, and structural properties are investigated. Some special topics of interest are composites, inorganic-organic hybrids, nano composites, organic optoelectronics, and, in relation to the structure of materials, the investigation of grain boundaries, surfaces and structural defects. Also studied are materials synthesis and processing and solid state reactions in model systems. Many faculty are involved in electronic packaging. Numerous interactions exist with other fields at Cornell.

A strong catalyst for materials research activities at Cornell has been provided by the Cornell Center for Materials Research (formerly: Materials Science Center), which provides substantial financial assistance to graduate students and maintains central research facilities.

Learning Outcomes

A candidate for a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering is expected to demonstrate broad knowledge in the fundamental topics of Materials Science and Engineering and a deeper understanding of the topics that are central to their chosen research direction, breadth of interdisciplinary training, including relevant specialized coursework, and the ability to synthesize and create knowledge by making an original and substantial contribution to an area of Materials Science and Engineering.

Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate broad knowledge in the fundamental core topics of Materials Science and engineering, advanced knowledge topics central to their chosen research direction, and broad interdisciplinary training.

Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrate the ability to acquire skills to perform independent advanced research.

Learning Outcome 3: Make an original and substantial contribution to the discipline.

Learning Outcome 4: Demonstrate a commitment to advancing scholarship.

Learning Outcome 5: Demonstrate professional skills.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (Maximum elapsed time: 7 years)

Tuition fees
US$29,500.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2023


College of Engineering

Carpenter Hall,

313 Campus Rd.,


New York,

14853, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in engineering or physical science.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

IELTS Academic - 7.0; TOEFL - The Graduate School’s official minimum sub-scores for each element of the TOEFL iBT are: Speaking: 22, Reading: 20, Listening: 15, Writing: 20.

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


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