Admission Requirements

If you are looking to apply to our materials science graduate program, please apply from the Graduate College. To become a graduate student in our materials science program, you must meet the following requirements:

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Entrance requirements

Students admitted to the program in full standing must meet the following requirements.

  1. A Bachelor of Science degree in any science or engineering discipline which includes:
    1. a calculus sequence and differential equations;
    2. a calculus-based physics sequence; and
    3. two semesters of physical chemistry or thermodynamics and modern physics.

      For example, the following would constitute adequate preparation:
      MTH 261 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
      MTH 280 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II
      MTH 303 Differential Equations
      PHY 203 Foundations of Physics I
      PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II
      PHY 343 Thermodynamics OR CHM 506 Physical Chemistry I
      PHY 375 Modern Physics OR CHM 507 Physical Chemistry I

      Applicants with some deficiency in the courses listed in (1) above, may be admitted, but may have additional course work added to their program. This additional course work may not count toward their graduate degree.
  2. Candidates for admission to the program are required to have a GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale on the last 60 hours of course work.
  3. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the General Test is required.
  4. Three letters of reference.

Students who do not meet the GPA or GRE standards described in (3) and (4) above may be granted conditional admission to the program.  Conditionally admitted students will be required to complete a minimum of nine hours of specified course work with a GPA of at least 3.00 to be advanced to full standing in the program.