The UT Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers MS and PhD degrees in materials science and engineering with concentrations in materials, metallurgy, polymers, nanomaterials, biomaterials, and energy science & engineering.
This document describes all pertinent degree requirements and procedures.
Students wishing to apply to the MSE graduate programs must submit their applications using the online UT Graduate Admissions Application. In this application portal, you will also need to fill in a MSE form and arrange for the submission of three reference letters. Please follow the instructions there; there is no need to submit materials directly to the MSE department.
Backgrounds Appropriate for Graduate Studies in the UT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
The UT Materials Science and Engineering graduate program is as diverse as the field it covers. Materials science and engineering is a truly interdisciplinary subject cutting across the traditional disciplines of engineering, the physical sciences, and even areas of life sciences. It calls for individuals able and willing to take a broad perspective and capable of handling interdisciplinary problems.
New graduate students are often from disciplines other than materials engineering, polymer science, or metallurgical engineering. Students with undergraduate degrees in chemical, mechanical, or electrical engineering, as well as engineering science and mechanics, or the physical sciences, are particularly well suited for the program. Students from physics and chemistry, particularly condensed matter physics and physical chemistry, are strongly encouraged to pursue careers in materials science and engineering. No student is expected to have experience in all subject areas and courses are structured to accommodate a wide variety of backgrounds.
Materials Science and Engineering is one of ten programs offered by the College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Our graduates are in great demand, both in the U.S. and internationally. Career opportunities for graduating students with Bachelor of Science degrees are excellent, and salaries for entry-level positions are currently very good.
A significant number of nationally respected corporations regard UT as a “target university” for hiring new engineers. Many of our graduates have risen to top positions in industry, government and academia. An engineering degree from UT offers an excellent foundation for a successful career.