About MSE

The MSE Department was formed in 1975 by the merger of the previously existing Departments of Ceramic Engineering and Metallurgy. MSE is one of seven degree-granting departments in the College of Engineering.

The Department awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in Materials Engineering; our department encompasses programs in the practical and theoretical aspects of materials, their utilization, and their electronic, physical, mechanical, and chemical properties in relation to their structure.

MSE Facts

  • MSE is one of seven degree-granting departments in the College of Engineering.
  • The Department awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in Materials Engineering.
  • Our department encompasses programs in the practical and theoretical aspects of materials, their utilization, and their electronic, physical, mechanical, and chemical properties in relation to their structure.
  • Four of the six Anson Marston Distinguished Professors in the College of Engineering are MSE professors.
  • MSE interns and co-op students earn $2,000-$3,500 monthly.
  • Over 90% of our students have jobs in their fields within six months of graduation.
  • Recent MSE BS graduates receive starting salaries at about $62,000 annually, averaging the highest in the College of Engineering.
  • Student to faculty ratio in the MSE Department is 7:1.
  • About half of our undergraduate students are working as research assistants earning money while they work with experts in the field.
  • Class sizes are small.
  • You can get a BS and MS degree in five years through our concurrent degree program.
  • MSE faculty have been awarded nearly 40% of the patents in the College of Engineering over the past seven years.
  • About 50% of entering MSE undergraduates are ISU Honors Program members.