As a student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of a flexible degree program, conduct research with world class faculty, and learn in a supportive environment where you’ll receive outstanding preparation for your professional career.
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.
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.
Study abroad, co-ops and internships
The Materials Science and Engineering department highly encouraged students to enhance their education through the study abroad, co-op, and internship programs offered through the college of Engineering.
Study abroad locations include Italy, Singapore, Spain, and China. Students who take advantage of study abroad experience different peoples and cultures, and learn the value of the international academic experience.
About 3/4 of all MSE students participate in co-ops or internships. In the past four years students have placed with more than 45 companies from around the world.
Students invariably recognize these opportunities as invaluable to their academic and professional careers.
Undergraduate scholarships and funding for graduate students
Scholarships@UW-Madison is designed to help prospective and continuing students find undergraduate scholarship details within one site. Instead of navigating individual schools and colleges, you can use this comprehensive resource to find UW-Madison scholarships for which you are eligible. You can also find and apply for scholarships offered through the Department of Materials Science and Engineering using the Scholarships@UW-Madison site. We are able to offer many of these scholarships through the generous support of alumni and friends of the department. Read more about scholarships specific to our department here.
You can find information about graduate fellowships under the “Financial Support” menu here.