Materials Science Engineering
The graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering aims to provide an education that encompasses both the breadth and depth of the most recent knowledge base in the materials science and engineering fields in a format suitable for individuals seeking careers in academia and/or industry. In addition, the program provides students with research training through their courses and thesis research at the Master of Science and PhD levels. The graduate student body reflects a broad spectrum of undergraduate backgrounds. Because of the expansion into interdisciplinary areas, qualified physical and biological science graduates may also join the program. Students without an undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering are required to take MATE 503 Introduction to Materials Engineering. Graduate programs in materials science and engineering are offered both on a regular full-time and part-time (MS only) basis. The General Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for applicants pursuing full-time study.
- Biomaterials and Biosurfaces in Tissue Engineering
- Biometrics Design
- Ceramic Processing and Sensors
- Dynamic Characterization
- Materials Electrochemistry
- Materials Modeling for Extreme Environments
- MAX Phase Materials
- Mechanics of Microstructure
- Nanobiomaterials and Cell Engineering Laboratory
- Natural Polymers and Photonics
- Oxide Films and Interfaces
- Particulate Materials
- Plasma Processing of Materials
- Soft Matter
Graduate Co-op Eligible
The MS program is eligible for Graduate Co-op (fall, full-time, on-campus entry only). Learn more about Graduate Co-op.
Please view our academic calendar for term start dates.
|Fall (Sept)||Winter (Jan)||Spring (March)||Summer (June)|
|PhD Applicants||Jan. 7||June 30||N/A||N/A|
|U. S. Applicants||Sept. 1||Nov. 23||Feb. 22||May 24|
|MS – International Applicants||June 1||Oct. 15||Jan. 15||Apr. 1|
PhD Applicants:The January 7 deadline is for those applicants who wish to be considered for the fully-funded PhD program. Applications submitted after April 15 will not be considered for the fully-funded program.
MS Applicants: Decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in mid-January. Prospective students are encouraged to submit applications by February 15 to receive full consideration.
International Students:Consideration for a term other than fall requires special permission from the academic department prior to application. Please contact the departmental graduate advisor for more information.
For details regarding the items below, please review the Admission Application Instructions.
How to Submit Application MaterialsDrexel Admissions is currently processing application documents received through the U.S. Postal Service and courier services (DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.), although there is a slight delay in processing these documents. We strongly recommend that you submit all official transcripts and supporting documentation electronically to email@example.com. If your school is not able to send official transcripts electronically, please request that official documents be sent by mail or courier service. Please allow 3–4 weeks for transcripts and supporting documents sent by mail or courier to be processed. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time at Drexel and around the world. We will process all documents as soon as we receive them, but please expect some delays.
Graduate Admission Application
Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University, and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. Please note, an application fee of $65 U.S. is required.
Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended.
Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency.
Precise, word-for-word English translations of all non-English language documents are required along with official documents in the original language. All translations must be completed by the issuing institution or an ATA-certified translator. Visit the American Translators Association website to search for an ATA-certified translator.
International students: If you have already graduated from your previous institution at the time of your application, please email your graduation certificate(s) attached as PDF or Microsoft Word documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Any international applicant, regardless of program, may be required to provide a transcript evaluation should the Admissions Committee determine it is needed for the application to be reviewed. If your transcripts are selected for a course-by-course evaluation by an external agency, you will be responsible for supplying all necessary documentation and paying all necessary fees to have your transcripts evaluated.
If you have questions regarding what documents you must submit to fulfill the transcript requirements, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Standardized Test Scores
GRE test scores are not required for MS applicants and waived for PhD applicants through the fall 2022 application deadline. If you have already taken the GRE exam, we encourage you to submit your scores. They will be included in your application review and are a consideration in the evaluation for eligible scholarships and fellowship awards.
Test of English as a Foreign Language
International applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL minimum scores: 90/577/233), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS minimum Overall Band Score: 6.5), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE minimum score: 61) unless they meet the criteria for a waiver.
Please write approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel; your short-term and long-term career plans; and how your background, experience, interest, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully.
Submit your essay with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.
Upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel Portal after you submit your application.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required. To electronically request recommendations, you must list your recommenders and their contact information on your application. We advise that you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they received your recommendation request — they may need to check their junk mail folder. Additionally, it is your responsibility to confirm that your recommenders will submit letters by your application deadline and follow up with recommenders who have not completed their recommendations.
Request recommendations with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.
Alternatively, you may submit your recommendation letters by mail. Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of the recommender. The recommendation envelope must be submitted unopened to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
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