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Facts at a Glance

The U.Va. Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), established in 1962, addresses societal needs by providing cutting-edge research solutions and educating the leaders of tomorrow — in the classroom, in the lab and beyond. Highly collaborative in nature, the department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering science emphasizing interdisciplinary study and offering a strong concentration in materials science; Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering; and Master of Engineering, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Physics. The department also offers a minor in materials science, available to all University undergraduate students.


The U.Va. Department of Materials Science and Engineering:

  • Consistently ranks in the top 25 of all MSE departments nationally.
  • Enables undergraduates from across the University to earn a minor in MSE and participate in sponsored research, or pursue a customized degree in Engineering Science
  • Awards 6-8 MS and 10-15 PhD degrees annually in Materials Science and Engineering plus Engineering Physics
  • Is led by 19 nationally renowned professors, including three members of the National Academy of Engineering, 10 endowed chair-holders, and recipients of 35 fellow-of-technical-society awards.
  • Supports 100 graduate students each year, involved in research, journal publication, and international technical conferences
  • Receives $9 M in research funding per year, enabling student-centered research across the spectrum of materials for structural and electronic functions
  • Operates sophisticated laboratory instrumentation and computer modeling facilities in two attached state-of-the-art buildings, Wilsdorf Hall (opened in 2007) and the Materials Science Building (1986)
  • Is home to 6 major research centers of excellence.