12 months
36150 USD/year
36150 USD/year
18998 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Whether your goal is research in an industrial setting, national laboratory, or academia, a Materials Science and Engineering graduate degree from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign gives you the foundation for a long and innovative career.


The graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois offers students a mixture of high quality education and cutting-edge research. U.S. News and World Report ranks the graduate program in materials at Illinois among the top programs in the nation. 

Key Features 

  • Facilities such as the Illinois Materials Research Laboratory provide unparalleled access and training on the world-class instrumentation you will need for your research.
  • Graduate study in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign provides the fundamental knowledge, practical skills, and professional experience necessary to enter a successful career involving advanced materials.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Kinetic Processes in Materials
  • Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Microstructure Determination
  • Ceramic Materials & Properties
  • Electrical Ceramics
  • Polymer Science & Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 alternative credits



On Campus

Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of 10 hours of MSE 400 or 500- level course work at the graduate level.
  • A minimum of 14 hours of 500-level course work overall applied toward the degree (excluding MSE 599).
  • Materials Colloquium MSE 595 must be taken every semester in the first two years of residence. A maximum of 2 hours may be applied toward the degree.     
  • MSE 529 Hard Materials Student Seminar or MSE 559 Soft Materials Student Seminar must be taken every semester. A maximum of 4 hours may be applied toward the degree.
  • Students enrolled in the MS program with non-thesis option are not eligible for a research assistantship from the MatSE Department. 
  • Applicants who do not receive offers of admission to the Ph.D. program may request to be considered for the M.S. program without filing a separate application. Instructions for this request may be found in the decision letter for the Ph.D. program application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36150 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 36150 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    36150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36150 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18998 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18998 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Urbana

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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