Online Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science and engineering focuses on advancing the technology of the materials used in nearly every product from cell phones to medical devices. Material scientists and engineers explore the nature, structure, performance and possible applications of various materials. They also combine chemistry, physics and engineering skills to create new materials and attempt to find new ways to use existing materials.

Arizona State University’s master’s in materials science degree online takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the field. This allows you to gain a strong foundation in the technical fundamentals while also preparing you to work on innovative projects that span various specialties and industries. The curriculum covers these core areas:

  • Advanced materials characterization. 
  • Advanced thermodynamics.
  • Concepts in materials science.
  • Fundamentals of electrical, optical and magnetic materials. 
  • Kinetics and phase transformations.
  • Nanomaterials in energy production and storage.
  • Structure and mechanical properties.

Should I get a master’s in materials science engineering?


A master’s in materials science offers you the opportunity to advance in this rapidly growing field and provides an in-depth study of materials science and engineering. A master’s degree is often required for senior, managerial or other advanced positions in the field.

The combination of core curriculum and electives in this master’s degree is ideal for many students because it allows you to take a personalized approach to your learning. This means you can steer the degree toward the concepts and applications most relevant to your career goals.

What industries hire graduates with a master’s in materials science?


The private and public sectors both seek graduates with a master’s in materials engineering degree. Industries such as aerospace, energy, security, sustainability, manufacturing and life sciences, among many others, have a continuing need for professionals with an advanced background in materials science and engineering.

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Materials Science and Engineering
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Materials Science and Engineering (MS)
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A Master of Science in materials science and engineering empowers you to improve, customize and create new materials for products across industries. As a graduate, you can compete for roles related to nanomaterials, biotechnology, electronics, manufacturing, sustainability and more depending on your personal interests. 

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The online master’s in materials science program encourages students to build their technical expertise while exploring topics at the boundaries between traditional disciplines. Members of the graduate faculty, from disciplines across engineering, physics and chemistry, advise students. A range of electives allows for a high degree of customization. Featured courses include:

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Committed and distinguished educators

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 42 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last five years.
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A leading school for the next generation of engineers
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Each student is fully supported on their path to success in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. We have received peer-reviewed programmatic honors from the U.S. News & World Report and provide students with a rich learning environment.

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Applicants to the Master of Science in materials science and engineering program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

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You are eligible to apply to the program if you have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in engineering or physical science.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • Graduate admission application and application fee.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Personal statement. 
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • Up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae. 
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An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The personal statement is an essay describing your background, academic achievements, research interests, career goals and why you wish to pursue graduate study in materials engineering at ASU.

International students seeking teaching assistantships must demonstrate proficiency in spoken English by scoring at least 26 on the speaking portion of the iBT or 50 on the ASU-administered Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit.

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Does my master's in materials science say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
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