Master’s of Science in Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering

Program details: Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering option

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Wisconsin – Madison offers a new Master of Science degrees with a named option on Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering, allowing students to obtain advanced knowledge in the fast-growing nanotechnology field. Graduates enter the nano-engineering industry and entrepreneurship directly, or further pursue PhD with a strong education background.

Students with relevant undergraduate degree on materials, chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and other science and engineering disciplines may apply for this program which promotes interdisciplinary education. This 12-month course-based program helps students to build a comprehensive fundamental and applied knowledge base for nanomaterials processing, characterization, and nanodevice development. The course topics cover fundamental materials science, electronic, magnetic and optical materials, energy materials, soft and bio-materials, microscopy and spectroscopy, computation and modeling, nanosynthesis and nanofabrication.


Degree Information

Admission Requirements & Materials:

  1. ALL applicants must meet the general Graduate School Admission Requirements. 
  1. GRE General Test Scores have been waived for all MS applicants.
  1. All degree-seeking students must submit an online application to the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Graduate School and pay the application fee. 
  1. Within the application:
  • All applicants must upload a copy of their transcripts from their undergraduate institution and other previous higher education institutions. Applicants must upload a transcript for each college-level institution attended. Please do not send any hard copies of transcripts unless specifically instructed to do so by the UW-Madison Graduate School.
  • All applicants must submit a statement of purpose/reasons for graduate study. UW-Madison Graduate School Guidelines for the statement of purpose are found at Note that information on research interests and aspirations is important for the application review process.
  • All applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation, uploaded electronically through the electronic application system. 
  1. International Students: International applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Please refer to the Graduate School’s Admission Requirements page for the minimum required scores. Scores are accepted if they are within two years of the start of the admissions term for which applicants are applying. TOEFL scores should be electronically sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to institution code 1846 (no department code is needed). IELTS scores should be electronically sent directly from IELTS to UW-Madison, Graduate Studies. 

Scores from this exam are required unless you met one of the following exemptions:

  • English is the exclusive language of instruction at the undergraduate level
  • You earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university not more than 5 years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment
  • You completed at least two full-time semesters of graded course work, excluding English as a second language (ESL) courses, at an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction, not more than 5 years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment

Please do not mail any paper copies of application materials. They will not be reviewed. Please only upload the required application materials with the Graduate School application. This includes transcripts. Applicants who are recommended for admission by the MS&E Graduate Studies Committee will receive further instructions from the MS&E Graduate Admissions Office. 

Applications for fall 2021 are due December 15, 2020. Application review is guaranteed up to this date. Applications submitted after December 15, 2020 and up to May 28, 2021 may receive review depending on available space in the program.

Application Status:

Monitor your application status by visiting the “Graduate Application Status” window within your MyUW portal (information on this is received after submitting an application). You may need to activate a NetID to gain access to the MyUW portal (information sent after submitting an application).

Applicants receive an e-mail from the MS&E Graduate Admissions Office with the admissions decision as soon as the office receives it.

Note:  The Department of Materials Science and Engineering does not offer assistantship positions to its Nanomaterial and Nanoengineering students.  The two semesters of the program are academically accelerated, and students are not expected to accommodate time for assistantship work.

Further questions related to the Nanomaterial and Nanoengineering program admissions process may be directed to

Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering Curriculum

Credits Requirement: 30

If the 30 credits counted towards the degree, at least 15 must be at the graduate level.

Summer Session: 4 Credits


MS&E 350          3cr          Introduction to Materials Science


MS&E 601          1-3cr       Independent Study


Fall Semester: 13 Credits


MS&E 350          3r           Introduction to Materials Science (if it starts in Fall)

MS&E 900          1cr          Materials Research Seminar

Choose from the following:

MS&E 401          1-3cr       Special Topics (by instructor consent)

MS&E 434          3cr          Introduction to Thin-Film Deposition Processes

MS&E 448          3cr          Cystallography and X-Ray Diffraction

MS&E 456          3cr          Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials

MS&E 521          3cr          Advanced Polymer Materials

MS&E 530          3cr          Thermodynamics of Solids

MS&E 570          3cr          Properties of Solid Surfaces

MS&E 752          3cr          Advanced Materials Science: Phase Transformations

MS&E 756          3cr          Structure and Properties of Advanced Electronic Materials

MS&E 601          1-3cr       Independent Study

MS&E 803          1-3cr       Special Topics in Materials Science (by instructor consent)


Spring Semester: 13 Credits


MS&E 900          1cr          Materials Research Seminar

MS&E 553          3cr          Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

Choose from the following:

MS&E 401          1-3cr       Special Topics (by instructor consent)

MS&E 421          3cr          Polymeric Materials

MS&E 551          3cr          Structure of Materials

MS&E 560          3cr          Fundamentals of Atomistic Modeling

MS&E 601          1-3cr       Independent Study

MS&E 748          3cr          Structural Analysis of Materials

MS&E 760          3cr          Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo Simulations in Materials Science

MS&E 803          1-3cr       Special Topics in Materials Science (by instructor consent)


**Note: At most 7 credits of undergraduate coursework from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may be counted towards the degree.