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Materials Science and Engineering

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Professor Adrienne Stiff-Roberts
Director of Graduate Studies
University Program in Materials Science and Engineering
Duke University



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:
Part time study available:

Program Description

Note for Ph.D. students: Ph.D. Students must submit an application and be accepted by a home department before choosing to participate in the University Program in Materials Science and Engineering. Ph.D. home departments include:
•    Biology
•    Biomedical Engineering
•    Chemistry
•    Civil and Environmental Engineering
•    Electrical and Computer Engineering
•    Mathematics
•    Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
•    Physics

Note for M.S. students: M.S. students may apply to the University Program in Materials Science and Engineering directly. Please use the "Apply" button at the bottom of this page to begin your application.

The University Program in Materials Science and Engineering is a multi-disciplinary graduate program that resides within the Graduate School. This multi-department program is designed to accommodate M.S. and Ph.D. students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and to help create a thriving materials community across campus through shared curricular 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.

The University Program in Materials Science and Engineering is a core component of the Duke Materials Initiative ( As such, the program involves faculty from eight participating departments in the Pratt School of Engineering and Trinity College of Arts and Sciences (Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Physics). As a result, students in this program have a wide range of research areas and faculty advisors available to match their interests (

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, the Duke University Energy Initiative, and the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative can provide the resources needed for students to chart their own paths.

Limited financial aid is available to select M.S. candidates through academic scholarships.

Financial aid for Ph.D. candidates will be determined by the participating home department to which the student applies (see list above).

More information can be found at the program website:


Application Information

Application Terms Available
M.S.: Fall
Ph.D.: Follow the application information for your home department (see list above)

Application Deadlines
M.S.: March 15
Applications submitted by January 31, 2022 will receive priority consideration. 
All applications received by March 15, 2022, are guaranteed review.

Ph.D.: Follow home department deadlines (see list above)

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: GRE General: (Optional for 2022)
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Ph.D.: Follow the application requirements for the home department (see list above)

Writing Sample
None required

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying:
Departmental Application Guidance (M.S.)
Departmental Application Guidance (Ph.D.)

M.S. applicants may use the button below to begin work on their application. Ph.D. applicants must apply to their home department first.