M.S. in Materials Engineering

The MS Materials Engineering program provides advanced study of materials engineering topics with emphasis on both the fundamental and applied aspects. A multi-disciplinary approach to education is evident in the materials engineering program’s specialization areas of semiconductor processing, structural materials, and biomaterials. Elective courses are also available in science, business, and other engineering fields. This broad-based, multi-disciplinary education has proven to be an important factor for a student’s future success, either at leading Silicon Valley companies or in Ph.D. programs. Class schedules are designed for the convenience of employed engineers who wish to pursue graduate work on a part-time basis.

The faculty are actively involved in research in a number of areas including electronic and magnetic materials, semiconductor processing, MEMS, microelectronic packaging, polymers, composites, nanotechnology, and biomaterials. Research activity is sponsored by local industries as well as by government funding agencies.

The Materials Engineering program welcomes students with undergraduate degrees in a variety of other engineering and science disciplines.

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CME Graduate Advising

CME Graduate English Writing Requirement

CME Graduate Transition Courses

Application Process and Deadlines

Materials Engineering Program Objectives

Admissions Notes

  • The MatE MS Program does not currently require the GRE
  • International students are required to pass the TOEFL or IELTS with a score equal or above shown below.
    • TOEFL: 575 (Paper Based), 240 (Computer Based), 90 (Internet Based)
    • IELTS: 7.5
  • The MatE MS Program considers students who have a MatE/MatSci BS degree or closely related engineering or science ((e.g. physics, mechanical engineering) BS degree with a GPA of 2.7 or above in the major courses.
  • Students with a US MatE/MatSci BS degree are admitted to classified standing if they have a GPA in the major of 3.0, or better or they are admitted to conditionally classified standing if they have a GPA in the major between 2.7 and 2.99.
  • Students who meet the GPA requirement and have a BS degree in a closely-related engineering or science discipline (e.g. physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering) and/or who have a non-US MatE degree are admitted in conditionally classified standing.
  • Letters of recommendation are NOT required for the MatE MS Program application, but can be helpful if the student's BS GPA in the major is less than 2.7. Please submit any letters of recommendation to melanie.mcneil@sjsu.edu.
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