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What will I learn?

Areas of Study

There are three main areas in the M.S. program: ceramics and ceramic processing; electronic and optical materials; and structural materials. Students may specialize in any one of the three areas, although most students are more interested in a broader education and select a variety of courses. Basically, students select courses which serve their interests best in regard to thesis research and job prospects.

Course Requirements

Thesis Plan: Nine courses (36 units) are required, of which six (24 units) must be graduate courses. These courses are to be selected from the following lists, although suitable substitutions can be made from other engineering disciplines or from chemistry and physics with the approval of the departmental graduate adviser. Two of the six graduate courses may be Materials Science and Engineering 598 (thesis research). The remaining three courses in the total course requirement may be upper division courses.

Capstone Plan (comprehensive exam or capstone project). Nine courses (36 units), six (24 units) of which must be MSE graduate courses, selected from the following lists with the same provisions listed under the thesis plan. Three of the nine courses may be upper division courses.

Which department am I in?

Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Study options

Full Time (Six academic quarters)

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

7400 Boelter Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 570 in paper based TOEFL.

For international students

Applicants to the M.S. program in Materials Science and Engineering are required to hold a bachelor's degree in materials science, metallurgy, or ceramics. Applicants who have a bachelor's degree in chemistry, physics, or other engineering disciplines may be admitted if an introductory materials course has been taken or remedial work comparable to an introductory course is performed.

IELTS Academic overall band score should be at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

TOEFL score on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test.

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


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