12 months
31980 USD/year
30212 USD/year
13534 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Pursing next-generation materials solutions in areas such as energy, transportation, infrastructure, cyber-security, manufacturing, wearables, agriculture, nanomaterials, and medicine, Materials Science and Engineering graduate students at Iowa State University  work closely with our interdisciplinary faculty to address critical challenges and explore exciting new opportunities for innovation.


About this Degree

Our students come from all over the world and from a wide variety of technical fields. Their career paths are equally diverse, and many go on to become leaders and innovators in academics, research, industry, medicine, business, and public service. If you have a background in the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, engineering, or mathematics and want to do something truly special, we encourage you to explore opportunities in MSE graduate programs.

Students successfully completing the M.S. program in Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University  will develop and demonstrate: • a sound understanding of fundamental concepts in Materials Science and Engineering and their broad application in science and technology; • a functional awareness and understanding of scholarly literature relevant to the specific area(s) of study, including both contemporary and foundational work; and • an ability to work effectively in their field of interest through sound application of fundamental concepts, scientific methods, and engineering practices.

Programme Structure

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): 

  • Advanced manufacturing and materials processing
  • Biomaterials and bio-inspired materials
  • Functional materials and physical behavior
  • Materials for energy storage, conversion, and transmission
  • Structural materials; Soft materials, composites, and coatings

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (undergrad or most recently completed degree)
  • Resume and transcripts 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement 
  • GRE scores (optional)

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    31980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15990 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    30212 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15106 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    13534 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6767 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Ames

1158 - 1797 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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