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Material Science and Engineering

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administrative contact

Edward Sabolsky
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
phone: 304-293-3272
fax: 304-293-6689

program contact

Edward Sabolsky
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
phone: 304-293-3272
fax: 304-293-6689

Program Details

Program Description

Material science and engineering is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in engineering or a closely related STEM discipline. MS&E research focuses on the study of metals, ceramics, glass, polymers, semiconductors, composites, nanomaterials and biomaterials to be implemented in a variety of applications including energy, civil, industrial and environmental.

The area of study is diverse and multidisciplinary and incorporates aspects of chemistry, physics, electronics, mechanics, biology and medicine. The program provides opportunities to investigate various aspects of material science and engineering, which includes the processing, structure and properties of materials through computational modeling and/or experimental studies.

Students will be trained in core discipline areas using the most advanced materials processing, physical property testing and chemical/structure characterization equipment available. In addition to course work in the core areas of materials science, students will choose a specialty area of focus to further their expertise. Specialty areas may be in either the chemical, mechanical or electrical engineering departments. The student’s home department will be determined by the student’s particular background, interests and research adviser.

Career Profile

The program is designed to be flexible, permitting students to acquire the knowledge and skills required to participate in cutting-edge technological areas, such as nanomaterials, ultra-high performance materials, smart materials, bio-inspired materials, environmental materials and energy materials. Students who complete the program will be prepared to perform at the highest levels within industry or within any research environment.

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Personal Statement
  • Recommendations: Requires 3 letters of recommendation
  • Test Requirements: TOEFL and GRE
  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

All students are highly recommended to submit GRE scores to be considered for funding and fellowships. Students applying for the Area of Emphasis in Electronic Materials must take the GRE. Students who earned their previous degree from an international institution are required to take the GRE (quantitative GRE scores must be in the 75th percentile). TOEFL for non-native-English speakers is required, with 550 score or above.

All applicants must have earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (out of a possible 4.0) in all previous college degrees from an accredited or internationally recognized program.

Apply Now

Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Priority: February 1
  • Fall Deadline: April 1
  • Spring Deadline: October 1
  • Summer Deadline: Do not admit


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