To be eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program, the student must have earned a B.S. degree or equivalent in materials science, materials engineering, physics, chemistry, metallurgy, or a related science or engineering field. The student’s academic record must provide evidence of a strong background in the fundamentals of science and/or engineering principles. A student with such a background who has not passed certain undergraduate courses that are prerequisites for their required or elective graduate courses must remedy this gap as expeditiously as possible, either by taking the prerequisite undergraduate course or through independent study and “credit by examination.”

The following criteria should be used as a guide to help you as you apply to our Ph.D. programs.  

  • Undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or above.
  • The General GRE exam is required for all applicants. Applicants with GRE scores above 155 in both quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning and an undergraduate GPA above 3.0 will receive priority consideration.
  • All international students must show English proficiency by taking the IELTS or the iBT form of the TOEFL and providing a score report. Please note: only the iBT form of the TOEFL is now accepted.  
  • Your personal statement should include your short term academic goals and long term professional goals and why the Materials Science Ph.D program is a good fit for you.  Include in your statement, the names of 3 professors you would like to research with and why.