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Materials Science Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #47 (BCR) Pittsburgh, PA, United States
The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science maintains a commitment to high-quality graduate education, which is consistent with its strong research focus.


The department offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in materials science and engineering. At the MS level, research and professional tracks are available. Graduate courses are typically offered in the evening, which facilitates part-time study.

The programs are oriented toward the transition of results from scientific and engineering disciplines to the solution of materials problems that impede technological progress. They are designed to educate engineers, providing them with the tools to become successful in research, development, production, management, and teaching. A basic introduction to the Materials Science Engineering for Graduate Study can be found in the Graduate Handbook (PDF )


The University of Pittsburgh, including its School of Medicine is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Corrosion and oxidation
  • High-temperature materials
  • Magnetic materials
  • Phase transformations in metallic and ceramic systems
  • Plastic deformation of metals and alloys
  • Thermomechanical processing of steels and other alloys
  • Thermodynamic properties of materials
  • Ceramic processing
  • High-temperature superconductivity
  • Microwave and other ferroelectric properties of ceramics, smart materials, and structures

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • LETTERS OF REFERENCE: Applicants must have their reference letters submitted electronically as part of the online admissions application process.
  • TRANSCRIPTS: Applicants are required to upload academic records from each academic institution (undergraduate and/or graduate) attended. Official, original academic credentials that are issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. These will be considered unofficial copies.
  • GRE SCORES: GRE scores are required and are useful in combination with all the other materials submitted. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Admission to the graduate program does not imply the granting of financial aid. This is done separately, and an applicant interested in applying for financial aid should indicate so when completing the on-line application under Application Information. The following types of aid may be available:1. Fellowships are awarded to students of outstanding ability. The financial aid is usually an unrestricted grant. 2. Traineeships are awarded to students for training in selected areas. There may be restrictions on the courses that may be taken. 3. Teaching assistantships and teaching fellowships are awarded to exceptionally well-prepared students in return for assistance in laboratories, recitation sections, and other teaching duties. Partial or full tuition scholarships are also provided. 4. Research assistantships are awarded to students for assistance on research programs. 5. Partial or full tuition scholarships are also provided.

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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