Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Offering Master's and Ph.D. degrees and a minor in materials science and engineering
Computer Datacenter

What do Materials Scientists and Materials Engineers do?

Materials engineers create and study materials at the atomic level. They use computers to understand and model the characteristics of materials and their components. They solve problems in several different engineering fields, such as mechanical, chemical, electrical, civil, nuclear and aerospace. They study the properties and structures of metals, ceramics, plastics, composites, nanomaterials and other substances to create new materials that meet certain mechanical, electrical and chemical requirements.

About Materials Science and Engineering Academic Programs

The graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of phenomena occurring in materials and their associated chemical, electrical, mechanical, and physical properties. The master's program prepares students for professional careers in materials science and engineering or for additional studies at the doctoral level.

Candidates for a master's or doctoral degree may elect programs emphasizing metals, polymers, ceramics, composite materials, or electronic materials, as well as several other areas. Although the program is administered through the College of Engineering, it is broadly interdisciplinary, actively involving faculty in both the College of Science and the College of Engineering. In addition to materials science and engineering courses, applicable courses are in the disciplines of aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics.

Undergraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology

The objective of the Certificate in Nanotechnology is to provide the fundamentals, principles and applications of the emerging and exciting field of nanotechnology in the areas of energy, environment, security and human health, with weighted emphasis on the development of new materials and their applications.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, visit:

All applicants are required to send three letters of recommendation with the following guidelines:

  1. You must use the Recommendation Form.
  2. Additional written letters of recommendation may be sent.
  3. The form and letters should be sent directly to the MSE Department by either method:

Mail to:

The University of Texas at Arlington
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
501 W. 1st Street, ELB 231
Arlington, TX 76019, USA

(Letters that are mailed should be in sealed envelopes with recommender’s signature over the seal.)

Email to:

Emailed forms and letters must be received directly from the recommender.

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UTA has given me a breadth of knowledge and research skills that have led to the publication of several articles and established a strong scientific...

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Some Department Highlights

Research Areas

  • Nanomaterials/Nanotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Energy Materials
  • Surface Engineering: Thin Films, Coatings, Tribology
  • Electronic Materials
Materials Science Research


Dr. Efstathios "Stathis" Meletis
Department Chair

Graduate Applicants

How to apply

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