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Materials Science and Engineering

For more information contact

Director of Graduate Studies Assistant
University Program in Materials Science and Engineering
Duke University
Phone: (919) 660-5142




Prospective Ph.D. students must first apply to a home department. Students may choose to participate in the University Program in Materials Science and Engineering upon matriculation. Home departments include:

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Physics

General Information

Degree offered:
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty working with students:
Students receiving Financial Aid:
M.S.: Limited financial aid is available to select M.S. candidates through academic scholarships with an emphasis on increasing diversity within the program. Ph.D.: See information for participating home departments (see list above)
Part time study available:
Test required:
M.S.: GRE General: Optional for 2021 Ph.D.: See requirements for participating home departments (see list above)
Application Deadlines: March 15 for M.S.; for Ph.D., see home departments' deadlines

Program Description

The University Program in Materials Science and Engineering is designed to accommodate students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and to create a thriving materials community through shared experiences. A graduate seminar course that emphasizes student participation and an experiential fabrication and characterization course in the Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility are just two examples of the engaging educational approach of this program.

By harnessing strengths across campus, this program prepares diverse cohorts of M.S. and Ph.D. students to tackle multidisciplinary materials challenges in a wide range of professional settings, from academia to industry to national labs. In addition, the potential for unique exposure and access to the School of Medicine, the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative at Duke University can provide the resources needed for students to chart their own paths.

More information can be found at the program website:


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