Materials Science and Engineering, M.Sc. | University of California, Irvine (UCI) | Irvine, United States
12 months
33619 USD/year
33619 USD/year
18517 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Materials Science and Engineering program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) focuses on the discovery of new materials, the tailoring of materials systems for optimum performance in a given technological application, and the design of novel materials solutions for emerging technologies.


The Materials Science and Engineering program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) studies an interdisciplinary field incorporating elements of chemistry, physics, biology and/or engineering to derive and control the connections between structure (at length scales ranging from sub-atomic to macroscale), the processing necessary to achieve that structure, the fundamental properties (electrical, optical, thermal, mechanical, etc.), and the performance.

These correlations are investigated using advanced materials characterization techniques and theoretical/computational analysis. Many of the most pressing scientific and technological challenges faced by humanity are constrained by the limits of currently available materials. The discovery, design and development of enabling materials is at the core of solving current and future scientific and engineering grand challenges, and benefit industries involved in electronics, advanced sensors, communications, human health, transportation, manufacturing recreation, energy conversion and storage, and environmental sustainability.

Research Focus Areas

  • Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Materials for Extreme Environments
  • In-situ Microscopy
  • Nanomaterials
  • Materials Processing and Additive Manufacturing
  • Bio-inspired Materials
  • Optoelectronic Materials
  • Compositionally Complex Alloys (High Entropy Alloys)
  • Micro/Nano-Architected Materials
  • Nanomechanics
  • Coatings and Engineered Surfaces
  • Green Engineering
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Quantitative Percussion Diagnostics of Defects in Materials
  • Scalable Micro/Nano-Manufacturing

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Crystalline Solids
  • Materials Physics
  • Mechanical Behavior
  • Phase Transformation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed Online Application
  • Bachelor’s Degree Transcripts
  • Master’s Degree Transcripts (if applicable): Applicants must scan and upload transcripts for any graduate-level work completed. Official Transcipts will be requested if and when you are admitted and decide to attend UCI
  • Official GRE General Test Scores: Applicants are not required to take GRE subject tests
  • Official TOEFL or ILETS scores (if applicable): Applicants who are international students or permanent residents who earned a degree outside of the U.S. are required to submit a TOEFL or ILETS test scores
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: We recommend that at least two letters be from academia. The third could be another letter from academia, a supervisor, a mentor, etc.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33619 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33619 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    33619 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33619 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18517 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18517 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Irvine

1560 - 2585 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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