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Materials Science (Graduate)

Conduct innovative research on the fundamental properties of materials through their design, development and characterization in a collaborative inter-university program that spans multiple campuses in the Montana University System.

Materials Science – Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

As part of a collaborative effort with Montana Tech, the Materials Science program at Montana State champions internationally recognized research efforts into biomaterials; materials for energy storage, conversion and conservation; electronic, photonic and magnetic materials; and materials synthesis, processing and fabrication. With research activities as diverse as controlling charge transfer between nanoparticles in fuel cells and diagnosing the onset of soft tissue damage through advanced metabolomics, candidates in the Material Sciences program conduct innovative research across two campuses and the unique facilities available.



Physicist Yves Idzerda, dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University talks about the future of research in quantum technologies.  And exploration, he said, is necessary because, in a world constantly striving for faster, smaller and lighter technologies, quantum-based tools hold vast promise. Harnessing the unique quantum properties of fundamental particles of matter have brought the world technologies such as atomic clocks, lasers, LED screens and MRI machines. 



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Adventure Awaits
LendEDU has ranked MSU #1 in Outdoor Recreation, due to its proximity to world-class skiing, blue-ribbon rivers for fishing and seemingly endless hiking opportunities, as well as access to rental equipment from the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program.

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Innovative Collaboration
The Materials Science doctorate program operates as an innovative program that includes departments, faculty, courses and research infrastructure on both the Montana State – Bozeman and the Montana Tech (Butte) campuses.

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Carnegie Classified

Carnegie Classified
MSU is classified as an R1 research institution, the top research designation granted by the prestigious Carnegie Classification. As an R1 institution, MSU is able to offer students meaningful research opportunities in a variety of fields.





Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering and Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering has a wealth of resources on funding your doctoral degree. For more information, please refer to the College’s website.

One Degree, Two Campuses

The Materials Science doctoral program utilizes the best of resources from Montana State and Montana Technological University in Butte, Montana. With collaborating departments that span from Chemistry and Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Geological Engineering and Bioengineering; the diversity of the program is its greatest strength.







Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Materials Science program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Material Sciences program.