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We welcome you to explore the rich learning opportunities and impactful research intiatives within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia. Our strength is derived from the quality and breadth of pioneering work in the integrating discipline of materials science.

Overarching are extensive facilities in materials characterization and processing, merged with a focus on mechanism-based and computational modeling. Extensive NSF, DoD, DARPA, NASA, and industry grants enable our work and centers of excellence.

If you want to join us in pursuit of excellence in MSE, consider the opportunities listed for coursework, undergraduate research, graduate assistantships, and post-doctoral positions. If interested in our research results, consider faculty web pages, facilities, and consulting directory.


Department Overview

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; 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 and concentration in materials science within the engineering science program.


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

  • 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
  • Receives $9 M in research funding per year, enabling student-centered research across the spectrum of materials for structural and electronic functions
  • Is home to 5 major research centers of excellence.
  • 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 two 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
  • Consistently ranks in the top 30 of MSE departments nationally.
  • 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)