MSE Graduate Programs

Pursuing next-generation technologies and robust solutions in areas such as energy, transportation, infrastructure, cyber-security, manufacturing, wearables, agriculture, nanomaterials, and medicine, graduate students work with with our interdisciplinary faculty to address some of the world’s most critical challenges and to explore exciting new opportunities for innovation.

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MSE Graduate Students – Our students come from all over the world and from a wide variety of technical fields, including all engineering disciplines as well as physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, and mathematics. Their career paths are equally diverse, and many go on to become leaders and innovators in academics, research, industry, medicine, business, and public service.

MSE Advanced Degree Options – The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers three advanced degree options, including Ph.D, M.S. and M. Eng. degrees. We also offer two concurrent enrollment options (BS/MS and BS/MEng), where qualified students can begin to pursue an advanced degree while working on the final stages of the MSE undergraduate program. Learn more about advanced degree options in MSE.

MSE Research Assistantships – Nearly all of our graduate students enrolled in a thesis-based program (M.S. or Ph.D.) complete their graduate studies under some form of Research Assistantship, helping to offset all or part of their tuition and living expenses while pursuing an advanced degree.



The MSE Department at Iowa State University invites you to complete our online pre-application form. There is no fee for the pre-application, and this simple form is designed to provide you with rapid feedback regarding your potential admissibility to our graduate programs. You will receive a response within one week of submitting the form. Qualified candidates will be encouraged to submit a full application through the Office of Admissions. Use the following link to create an account and complete the pre-application (or full application):

Pre-applications do not require submission of the resume, letters of recommendation, or official transcripts. All items are required for the full admission application

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