Graduate student at work in a lab

Prospective Students

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the IGDP in MatSE!

Materials science is growing in so many areas that we can’t predict the future of the field—it’s wide open—and very exhilarating.

At Penn State, we offer the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program (IGDP) in Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE). Grounded by strong research and education, the IGDP encompasses the entire spectrum of materials, including inorganic and structural materials, electronic and photonic materials, polymers and biomaterials, and computational materials science.

Through a combination of MatSE courses and a wealth of materials-related courses in the science and engineering departments at Penn State, students choose to study across the major themes of materials today. Working with IGDP faculty, students participate in research beyond MatSE including other departments within the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Eberly College of Science, the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Applied Research Laboratories, and other Penn State entities. 

Our graduate students are studying materials in energy applications, nanotechnology, materials in medicine, materials in communications, materials for sensor applications, structural materials—just to name a few. Visit some of our research groups websites to see the amazing discoveries happening in the MatSE IGDP.