Materials Science & Engineering

Imagine how awesome the future can be!

Here in UW-Madison’s department of Materials Science and Engineering, you’ll study and collaborate with world-class researchers who use science to propel our society forward.

Can’t live without your super-fast smartphone? You can thank (or blame!) materials science for it; appreciate your fuel-efficient car? Brought to you in part by new materials! Are you excited by nanotechnology and the breakthroughs it offers in everything from cancer treatment to construction? The creation of new materials is where breakthroughs will happen, and you can join us in making them happen.

At UW-Madison, we’re driven forward by the belief that scientists and engineers must collaborate to help solve our world’s increasingly complex problems. Materials science and engineering offers you the toolkit you’ll need to be a part of that collaboration. Our students contribute to the understanding of everything from nanotechnology and sustainable energy production to space exploration and green construction.

Join us, and contribute to our next breakthroughs.

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science, Materials Science and Engineering

Everyone uses and consumes materials of all kinds: metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors, and superconductors. Materials scientists and engineers create new materials and develop processes to improve existing materials to suit the needs of everyday life. These materials can help conserve energy, make engines run more efficiently, improve high-resolution TVs, make faster computers, improve sensors for automobiles, and create environmental controls. The study and development of materials is one of the most rapidly growing areas in all of science and engineering.

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Master's of Science and PhD in Materials Science & Engineering

Materials science and engineering is both a foundational discipline in engineering and a branch of science at the intersection of physics, chemistry, biology, and related disciplines. We offer graduate degrees in materials science and engineering, with a primary focus on PhD students, who perform cutting-edge independent research with the support of their advisors and thesis committee members.

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