How to Apply - IGDP


Fall 2020 admission for  Ph.D. and thesis-based M.S. degree programs application deadline:
Friday, January 10, 2020 

Accelerated M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (non-thesis) Fall 2020 appplication deadline:
Monday, March 2, 2020

Spring 2020 admission:
Monday, August 31, 2019


To apply for admission to the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program (IGDP) in Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE), please submit letters of reference, your resume, supplemental material (e.g. research papers) via the graduate application website: Graduate School Online Application (Penn State no longer accepts mailed paper applications).

International students should review the procedures for obtaining a visa.

Please refer to the Graduate School's How To Apply page for application procedures and fees.


GRE and either TOEFL or IELTS scores need to be sent to Penn State University electronically. Select "Penn State University" as the destination for test scores. The following code should be used when applying: Institution Code: 2660

Transcript Information

As part of the online application process, applicants are required to electronically upload copies of transcripts (or equivalent documents for institutions outside the U.S., e.g., degree/study certificates, diplomas, etc.) from all post-secondary institutions attended, in the language of instruction (and copies of an official English translation if English is not the language of instruction). Applicants recommended for admission who accept an offer through the online graduate admission system will be notified by the Graduate School that official/original transcripts/documents must be sent from the originating institutions in the official language of the institution(s) attended (and if the language of instruction is not English, an official English translation must also be sent). 

Tips for a Successful Application

Admission to the graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering is highly competitive and we recommend that applicants get their materials in early, preferably before Monday, November 5, 2018, in order to be considered for financial aid. Students with especially strong credentials are encouraged to apply before Monday, November 5, 2018, if possible to be considered for additional prestigious fellowship opportunities. Applicants are encouraged to send their Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores and either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores (non-US residents only) as early as possible. For the narrative, please focus primarily on your professional and academic experiences, including research, student leadership, or co-curricular activities that have allowed you to develop a strength or have had a significant impact on others.

Successful applicants typically have a Jr/Sr GPA greater than 3.3/4.0 and combined verbal and quantitative GRE Scores of 1150 (old system) / 308 (new system) or higher, with average quantitative metrics for our incoming classes exceeding these values. 

It is very helpful to us if you can be as specific as possible in declaring your future interest in a general research area for your thesis research. For guidance on what research areas are available at Penn State, please visit our Graduate Faculty page.

Financial Assistance

iMATSE is a research-driven program. Most Ph.D. and thesis-based M.S. students are supported by research assistantships that provide both a stipend and tuition. Offers for research assistantships are frequently made in coordination with faculty members who have identified a student for a particular research project. Therefore, direct communication with faculty members during the admissions process is encouraged.

Opportunities to teach are provided to interested graduate students later in their careers, but teaching assistantships are not a source of long-term support or a mechanism by which students can obtain support at the time of admission.

John Mauro

IGDP Program Contacts

John Mauro
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Materials Science and Engineering
33 Steidle Building

Hayley Colyer

Hayley Colyer
Graduate Program Coordinator
225D Steidle
(814) 865-0498