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Why MatSE for Grad School?

About the Program

Materials research conducted by iMatSE students and faculty lead to advances and discoveries that become the building blocks of tomorrow.

Through formal coursework in small classes and participation in cutting-edge sponsored research, students in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Materials Science and Engineering enjoy a graduate education that prepares them well for their future careers.

iMatSE students in the Ph.D. or thesis-based M.S. program receive full funding (stipend and tuition) in the form of fellowships or research assistantships.

Program Highlights

  • Penn State ranked #1 in funded materials research in the US (NSF)
  • Thesis-based Ph.D. and M.S. degrees
  • Multi-disciplinary research programs and centers
  • Over 50 MatSE and affiliated faculty members
  • Approximately 180 current graduate students
  • Specialized laboratories and shared facilities
Suzane Mohney

Message from Suzanne Mohney, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program Chair

Welcome to the website for the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Materials Science and Engineering (IGDP).

We hope this site will be a helpful source of day-to-day information for our continuing students, as well as a valuable guide to our program and application process for prospective students.

As you peruse our listing of faculty members and their research, as well as our course offerings, you will probably be struck by the breadth of topics in materials research and education that are pursued at Penn State. We are advancing materials science for many applications, including energy conversion and conservation, electronics, biomedicine, and structures. Opportunities for research also span all families of materials, including soft materials, semiconductors, metals, and ceramics. Our student body is academically diverse, having previously earned B.S./B.A. or M.S. degrees in materials science and engineering, metallurgy, ceramics, polymers, chemistry, physics, math, biology, or one of many different engineering disciplines. Through formal coursework in small classes and participation in cutting-edge sponsored research, our students enjoy a graduate education that prepares them well for their future careers in industry, academia, or government laboratories.

World-renowned Graduate Faculty

When you join the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as a graduate student, you will be studying and conducting research with world-renowned faculty. Our faculty regularly are named to major scientific academies, are awarded grants from major sponsors, and are published in high-impact journals and the top-tier publications in their disciplines.

Graduate Faculty
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Many Opportunities for Study

Materials research conducted by iMatSE students and faculty lead to advances and discoveries that become the building blocks of tomorrow.

Through formal coursework in small classes and participation in cutting-edge sponsored research, students in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Materials Science and Engineering enjoy a graduate education that prepares them well for their future careers.

iMatSE students receive full funding (stipend and tuition) in the form of fellowships or research assistantships.