Degrees in materials engineering and materials science are offered at the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) levels. Students without a postsecondary education would likely pursue a B.S. in materials science or engineering, while students who already hold a postsecondary degree and are seeking to conduct research or teach would seek an M.S. or Ph.D. in the field.
Top Ranked Materials Engineering Schools
The following schools are amongst the highest ranked materials engineering schools according to the 2015 U.S. News & World Report.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$46,704|
|University of California-Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||In-state $13,968; Out-of-state $38,676|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$49,047|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$46,320|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||In-state $15,054; Out-of-state $30,214|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlanta, GA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||In-state $12,204; Out-of-state $32,396|
|University of California at Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||In-state $13,431; Out-of-state $38,139|
|California Institute of Technology||Pasadena, CA||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$45,390|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, NY||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$49,116|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$50,665|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites
School Selection Criteria
Since students may be interested in pursuing degrees at different levels or with different specializations, there are many important factors to consider when choosing a program.
- Degree levels offered are B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.
- Some schools offer different areas of specialization in their degree programs, such as magnetic materials, iron and steel making, nanomaterials and materials processing.
- Students pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. may want to consider which schools provide opportunities for research.
- Programs in this discipline are offered by both public and private schools, and tuition rates vary widely based on the type of school and whether the student is a resident of that state.
Bachelors Degree in Materials Science and Engineering
Students studying metal working in a bachelor's program for materials science and engineering would commonly select this specialization in their sophomore or junior year. The first year or two is spent completing general education requirements and common major requirements. Examples of courses students take in their third and fourth years of a materials science and engineering program include elements of material science, mechanics of solids, mechanical behavior of materials and thermodynamics.
The highest ranking schools offering programs in materials science and engineering include public and private not-for-profit schools. Since all of these postsecondary institutions offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, it may be important to consider location, tuition costs, and areas of specialization when choosing a program in this discipline.