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Materials Science and Engineering


The Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University offers three distinct interdisciplinary graduate degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Engr.). The Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering provides a platform for students to advance the scientific knowledge, to make significant technical contributions to their broad field of materials science and engineering, and to promote their career opportunities within academia or industry/governmental research and development facilities.

The program leading to the Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering is a thesis-based program designed for students wanting to enhance their fundamental knowledge of materials science and to strengthen their research and technical communication skills in preparation for further study at the doctoral level or to promote future career opportunities. The program leading to the Master of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering is a non-thesis program with a focus on strengthening a student’s fundamental knowledge within materials science.

All programs are interdisciplinary and involve faculty members from the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences with expertise in materials science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical and biomedical engineering, physics,chemistry, and biology.


Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.
Master of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering, M.Engr.
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering, M.S.

Contact Information

Jessica Economy
Academic Program Manager
(208) 426-4896
Engineering Building
Suite 338
1910 University Dr., Boise, ID  83725-2090

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. Applicants are required to have a B.S. or M.S. degree in a materials science and engineering-related field (materials, metallurgy, ceramics, polymer engineering), other engineering fields (mechanical, electrical, chemical, industrial, civil, aerospace, biological, environmental, computer and nuclear), the physical sciences (physics, earth science and chemistry), the life sciences or mathematics from an accredited college or university.
  3. A Statement of Purpose which should outline your education and professional background, motivation for graduate study, professional interests, and career goals.
  4. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. Official GRE scores.
  6. Three letters of reference from those who can attest to your academic and professional abilities.


The M.Engr. is a self-supported, non-thesis based program. Students accepted into the M.S. or Ph.D. program program are supported financially under a Graduate Assistantship. A Graduate Assistantship comes with both research and teaching assistant responsibilities and cover the cost of tuition and fees, health insurance premiums, and include a monthly stipend.

Application and Materials Deadlines

Priority Deadline: January 15th