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Questions

    Grade Point Average (GPA)

  1. What is the GPA (Grade Point Average) requirement to get into Graduate School at the UW-Madison?

  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

  3. What is the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) requirement for the Materials Science Program?

  4. Is the GRE required?

  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  6. What is the TOEFL requirement?

  7. Is the TOEFL required?

  8. Deadlines and Due Dates

  9. What are the deadlines to be considered for financial support?

  10. What is the application deadline for Fall semester?

  11. What is the application deadline for Spring Semester?

  12. What is the application deadline for Summer semester?

  13. Application for Admission

  14. How do I apply to the Materials Science Program?

  15. What should the statement of purpose (reasons for graduate school) include?

  16. What items need to be included in my application packet to the Materials Science Program?

  17. What items do I need to send to the Graduate School?

  18. Do you have an application checklist?

  19. If I apply to more than one department, do I have to send an application packet to each department?

  20. If I apply for one semester, but want to reapply for another, how do I do that?

  21. What do you mean by official transcripts?

  22. How do the recommendation letters need to be sent?

  23. Do I have to pay any tuition and fees?

  24. How much is the application fee, how do I pay it, and where do I send it?

  25. Can I get the application fee waived?

  26. What are the International student expenses?

  27. Degree Program

  28. What degrees are offered in the Materials Science Program?

  29. About how long will it take me to obtain a MS degree in the Materials Science Program?

  30. About how long will it take me to obtain a PhD degree in the Materials Science Program?

  31. How are applications reviewed?

  32. How many students do you admit each semester and what are my chances of being admitted?

  33. Do all admitted students obtain funding?

  34. Admission with or without funding — what does this mean?

  35. How do I apply for external fellowships?

  36. How will I know if my application is complete?

  37. How will I know when a decision has been made on my application?

  38. Visiting the Materials Science Program

  39. How do I visit the Materials Science Program at UW-Madison?

  40. MSP Alumni Information

  41. Where are some of the most recent Materials Science Program alumni with a Materials Science degree employed?

Answers

  1. What is the GPA requirement to get into Graduate School at the UW-Madison?

    Please visit Graduate School Admission Requirements.

  2. What is the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) requirement for the Materials Science Program?

    The GRE score is required. However, we have no specific GRE score requirements. Typically our students perform well, particularly on the quantitative section. The GRE scores are just one factor in the application review process. For information on GRE testing, please visit www.ets.org/gre.

  3. Is the GRE required?

    Yes, the GRE is required by the Materials Science Program. Please have ETS send your GRE score to the Graduate School at the UW-Madison. Please give ETS the institution code of 1846 to transmit the score. You do not need to indicate a department code. If you send us a photocopy of your GRE score, ETS still must send the official score to the Graduate School.

  4. What is the TOEFL requirement?
  5. Please visit Graduate School Admission Requirements.

  6. Is the TOEFL required?

    Applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Please have ETS send your TOEFL score to the UW Madison Graduate School, Institution code 1846. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. If it has been more than two years since the test taker last took TOEFL, the test must be taken again to have the scores reported.

  7. What are the deadlines to be considered for financial support?

    The MSP accepts applications for Fall admission until July 1st although we highly recommend you apply as early as possible.

    UW FELLOWSHIP: To be considered for a UW Graduate School Fellowship, PhD applications (MS not eligible) may be considered by the MSP admissions committee for nomination if the application is complete by January 15th.

    MSP FELLOWSHIPS: To be considered for a Materials Science Program (MSP) Fellowship, applications must be complete by January 15th.

    RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS: Research Assistantships are available from individual faculty based on their research funding and needs and can be awarded any time after applications for MSP admission are accepted.

  8. What is the application deadline for Fall semester?

    April 1st, 2014 is the latest you can apply for the Fall 2014 semester, although we highly recommend you apply as early as possible — preferably no later than January 15th, 2014. Available space is limited. The later you apply, the lower your chances are for admission and to obtain funding.

  9. What is the application deadline for Spring Semester?

    The complete set of application materials must be received by the Materials Science Program no later than October 1st.

  10. What is the application deadline for Summer semester?

    The complete set of application materials must be received by the Materials Science Program no later than February 1st.

  11. How do I apply to the Materials Science Program?

    Apply online at Graduate School Application Form.

  12. What should the statement of purpose (reasons for graduate school) include?

    Technical areas of interest, research experience, professional goals, and any other items unique or relevant to your qualifications for graduate school. See the sample outline at http://www.grad.wisc.edu/admin/admissions/purpose.html

  13. What items need to be included in my application packet to the Materials Science Program?

    Please send only one item to the Materials Science Program at the address below:

    Mail the complete packet to:

    Materials Science Admissions
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    1509 University Avenue, Rm. 264
    Madison, WI 53706
    Fax: 608/262-8353
    Email: matsciad@engr.wisc.edu

    All other items (application, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores must be submitted online).

  14. What items do I need to send to the Grad School?

    Please visit Graduate School Checklist.

  15. Application checklist
  16. If I apply to more than one department, do I have to send an application packet to each department?

    Yes. Use a separate envelope and send a complete packet of application materials to each department or program you are applying to. NOTE: We will not copy an application packet for you and send it to another department or program.

  17. If I apply for one semester, but want to reapply for another, how do I do that?

    Applicants changing to an adjacent term will not be required to complete a new application. Only applicants applying to a non-adjacent session will have to submit a new application and pay a new fee.

  18. What do you mean by official transcripts?

    Official transcripts or academic records from each institution attended. *International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Documents must be issued by the school with the official seal/stamp and an official signatures.

  19. How do the recommendation letters need to be sent?

    Please follow the instructions on the Graduate School website. Only recommendation letters submitted online will be accepted.

  20. Do I have to pay any tuition and fees?

    Not if you are eligible for "Tuition Remission.’ Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, and Program/Project Assistants must have a minimum of a 1/3 time position in order to be eligible for tuition remission. The tuition remission does not include segregated fees, which will be your responsibility each term. For further information on Graduate School tuition, fees, & stipends, please go to: http://registrar.wisc.edu/tuition_&_fees.htm.

  21. How much is the application fee, how do I pay it, and where do I send it?

    Please visit Graduate School Checklist.

  22. Can I get the application fee waived?

    No, it cannot be waived.

  23. What are the International student expenses?

    Please visit Graduate School Financial Information.

  24. What degrees are offered in the Materials Science Program?

  25. About how long will it take me to obtain a MS degree in the Materials Science Program?

    Approximately 2 years.

  26. About how long will it take me to obtain a PhD degree in the Materials Science Program?

    Coming in with a MS degree, approximately 3.5 years.

    Coming in without a MS degree, approximately 5 years.

  27. How are applications reviewed?

    The Materials Science Program has an admissions committee comprised of Materials Science Program faculty who review all graduate applications submitted to the Materials Science Program.

  28. How many students do you admit each semester and what are my chances of being admitted?

    Although we accept applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer, the majority of our applicants begin in the Fall of each year. Admission into the Materials Science Program is competitive, and the number we accept varies on a year-to-year basis, largely dependent on how many faculty are looking for students and/or how many faculty have money to fund new graduate students.

  29. Do all admitted students obtain funding?

    Generally speaking, most of our graduate students in the Materials Science Program do obtain funding. Research Assistantships are available from individual faculty based on their research funding and needs and awarded when applications for MSP admission are accepted.

  30. Admission with or without funding — what does this mean?

    1. Admitted with funding:
      We have some Materials Science Program fellowships to offer each year. In addition, there are Research Assistantships that can be offered to grad applicants from individual faculty members. Teaching Assistantships are possible through specific departments, such as Chemistry, Physics. Often, funding matches with specific faculty occur during the Wisconsin Weekend.
    2. Admitted without funding:
      If you are admitted without funding, please know that you will be considered by Materials Science Program faculty for potential support. You are also encouraged to contact faculty in the MSP who you might be interested in their research. Our list is at http://www.engr.wisc.edu/interd/msp/research/. Please wait to hear from us of your admission without aid before contacting faculty for support.

  31. How do I apply for external fellowships?

    Should you wish to apply for external fellowships, information and deadlines are posted on our Graduate School web site at: http://www.grad.wisc.edu/education/funding/fed_privfellowships.html

  32. How will I know if my application is complete?

    Use the email link you received after you submitted your online application OR log onto your online application and scroll to the bottom of the page to find your personal web link.

  33. How will I know when a decision has been made on my application?

    We will either inform you of the decision the admissions committee makes on your application via e-mail, or we will send you a letter in the mail.

  34. How do I visit the Materials Science Program at UW-Madison?

    Materials Science Wisconsin Weekend
    The Materials Science Program (MSP) has a visit weekend one weekend each spring. This year’s MSP visit weekend will be 04/03/14-04/06/14 (arrive late 04/03/14 and depart early morning 04/06/14). We will invite those students selected by the admissions committee as admissible. Invitations for the visit weekend will be sent out sometime in February 2014 for the Fall 2014 applicants selected. Please note that we cannot invite international students not residing in the U.S. If you are invited to the visit weekend and cannot attend, it may be possible to request a separate visit through the MSP office. Note: We do not invite all applicants in the U.S. to the visit weekend. We invite only those the admissions committee deems admissible. Often funding matches with specific faculty occur during the Wisconsin Weekend.

  35. Where are some of the most recent Materials Science Program alumni with a Materials Science degree employed?

    Here’s a list of where some of our recent Materials Science Program graduates are employed:

    1. Computherm LLC, Madison, WI
    2. Intel, Portland, OR
    3. Micron Tech, Manassas, VA
    4. Postdoc in Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison
    5. Institute for Shock Physics, Washington State University
    6. Asst. Professor, UW-Platteville
    7. Asst. Professor, George Washington University
    8. Ice Cube Project, UW-Madison
    9. Postdoc, Northwestern University
    10. Hewlett-Packard, Corvallis, OR
    11. 3M, St. Paul, MN
    12. Cypress Semiconductor, Bloomington, MN
    13. Caterpillar, Peoria, IL
    14. Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
    15. Hutchinson Technology, Hutchinson, MN
    16. Asst. Professor, University of Connecticut
  36. If I have questions about my application whom do I contact?

    If you have questions about your application please e-mail: matsciad@engr.wisc.edu. Due to the volume of applications we receive, our preferred method of communication is e-mail.

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