Materials Science and Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

12 months
55600 USD/year
55600 USD/year
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Both the M.S. and M. Eng. degrees require completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours.  The Materials Science and Engineering degree at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute requires a written thesis as well as an oral presentation to the scientific community. 


A three-credit capstone independent study project is required for the M. Eng. degree.  Applications directly to the Master's program are typically accepted from students with funding for the study from an external organization, such as industry, government, or foundations.

We offer a master degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The coursework requirement includes at least three of the five 4-credit MSE core graduate courses, namely, Advanced Thermodynamics, Advanced Mechanical Properties, Advanced Structure and Bonding, Advanced Electronic Properties and Advanced Kinetics. 

In addition at least 6 additional elective course credits from 6000-level MSE department courses and any remaining course credits must be from 6000-level courses offered by the School of Engineering and/or the School of Science. The M.S. degree requires at least 6, but not more than 9 MS dissertation credits. The elective course selection must be approved by the student’s academic adviser and the graduate curriculum coordinator prior to enrollment in the courses.

Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of fundamentals underlying the relationship between the structure, property, and performance of materials. 
  • ability to formulate, analyze, and investigate the research problem. 

Programme Structure

  • There has never been a more exciting time to obtain a graduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering. 
  • Breakthroughs in materials research are creating new technological opportunities in sectors spanning aerospace, biomedical, chemical, electronics and energy. 
  • We provide graduate students unique opportunities for one-on-one interaction with faculty members at the forefront of their fields and synergistic transdisciplinary interactions with each other as they engage in ground-breaking research.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Nonrefundable application processing fee of $75
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio, if required by department
  • IT Background Evaluation form (IT only)
  • Transcripts and Degrees 
  • GRE/GMAT Scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55600 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    55600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55600 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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