M.Sc. / M.Eng. On Campus

Materials Science and Engineering

12 months
18942 USD/year
18942 USD/year
9398 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Materials Science and Engineering program of Virginia Tech emphasizes teaching and research in metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials, biomaterials, and composites. 


Key facts: 

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering awards the M.S. (thesis required) and the M.Eng. (non-thesis) in materials science and engineering. Candidates for these degrees must hold, or be pursuing, a degree in any branch of engineering, physics, chemistry, geological science, or mathematics.

The Materials Science and Engineering program of Virginia Tech offers specializations in: 

  • structure and properties of crystalline and non-crystalline materials, 
  • materials synthesis, processing, and fabrication, 
  • theoretical understanding and computer modeling of materials structures, properties and processes, 
  • phase transformations, 
  • thermodynamics and phase equilibria, 
  • diffusion and kinetics of solid state reactions
  • mechanical, thermal, electrical, optical, and magnetic property characterization of all material types
  • microelectronic and optoelectronic materials.
The M.Eng. is a non-thesis degree obtained through course work and a project that focuses on an industrial problem or critical literature review. Students with a baccalaureate degree who desire a professional-oriented master's degree and advanced undergraduate students who wish to supplement their background with additional course work are encouraged to consider the M.Eng. degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Fundamentals
  • Mathematical Methods in Materials Research
  • Structure and Properties of Materials
  • Powder Processing
  • Advanced Materials Thermodynamics
  • Diffusion and Kinetics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
150 (verbal)
155 (quantitative)
4 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department encourages applications from students with undergraduate backgrounds in materials science and engineering, chemistry, physics, geology, and most fields of engineering
  • GPA: In general, the MSE Department normally expects applicants to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better for either the B.S. degree program or the last 60 hours of course work
  • GRE: Students applying to MSE must take the GRE. We would like our applicants to have scores of at least 150 on Verbal, 155 on Quantitative, and a 4.0 on the Analytical Writing section. However, it is fine to apply if your scores don't meet these minimums. We will view your entire application in order to make our decision
  • TOEFL/IELTS: International applicants must take the TOEFL unless they have completed a degree at an English speaking university 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9398 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4699 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Blacksburg

1166 - 1906 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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