The PhD program has three major components: coursework, research, and professional development.The PhD program has three major components: coursework, research, and professional development.

Graduate Study
Materials Science and Engineering (PhD)

The PhD program in materials science and engineering was the first in the world and is internationally renowned for the excellence of its graduates.

To pursue a broad range of research, we actively seek students with diverse backgrounds and undergraduate training, including physicists, chemists, and engineers from other disciplines.

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Special Programs

Biotechnology Training Program

The biotechnology training program is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program that provides select graduate students with greater research and training opportunities than those available through individual departments.

Management for Scientists and Engineers certificate program

The Graduate School collaborates with the Kellogg School of Management to offer the management for scientists and engineers certificate program taught by Kellogg School faculty that will equip promising doctoral students with necessary business and leadership skills.

Career Paths

With a PhD in materials science, students can choose the career path best for them. Graduates work in academia, national laboratories (Argonne, Los Alamos, NIST, Sandia), find industry jobs (Apple, Boeing, GE, Intel), work for the government, and work for non-profits.