The graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering at ASU is one of the largest in the U.S. 

The flexibility of the program structure encourages students to explore topics at the boundaries between traditional disciplines.  There are many research thrusts in materials at ASU that span a wide range of cutting-edge and cross-disciplinary topics including understanding the structure-property relationships of nanomaterials, and applications in energy, security, and sustainability.

Graduate students are advised by members of the Graduate Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering that is comprised of faculty members from a variety of disciplines across engineering, physics, and chemistry. There are approximately 70 Graduate Faculty in Materials Science and Engineering engaged in the highest levels of research over an extremely broad range of research areas that is reflective of the depth and breadth of materials research. Graduate students have the opportunity to choose a research mentor and dissertation/thesis committee members from this impressive group of nationally and internationally recognized group of engineers and scientists.

Degrees Offered

Materials Science and Engineering M.S. or Ph.D.

School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Tempe campus Tempe, Arizona
Online (for M.S. degree)

Application Deadlines


Priority – December 1


Priority – August 1

Spring applications reserved for Ph.D. and 4+1 applicants

Master’s candidates can still submit applications after the priority deadline. After that, completed application packets will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Ph.D. candidates need to complete their application materials by the priority deadline. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcripts, must be received by the dates above in order to meet the priority admissions deadlines.

Graduate Admissions Services has a late application fee for students applying after the University deadline.

Financing Your Education

Fellowships through ASU and external resources, along with research and teaching assistant positions, offer many alternatives to fund your education expenses at ASU—often for multiple years or even the full course of study. Fellowship resources are limited, and many fellowships require U.S. citizenship or the right to work in the United States.

Fellowships are awarded on a highly competitive basis as part of the graduate program application process.

Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
 ASU Graduate Standards
 Fulton Schools of Engineering