Graduate Program Admission

To gain admission to our graduate program, prospective students:

  • Must hold a B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university.
  • You must submit to the Graduate School official transcripts covering all of your previous academic work (both undergraduate and graduate). It must meet one of the following criteria:
    • A  cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for your entire graduate record or
    • A  grade point average of at least 3.0 for your last two undergraduate years or
    • Excellent work in your entire final undergraduate year (3.5 or better) or
    • Graduate work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better (9-12 credits).

To apply for graduate studies in the Department of  Materials Science &  Engineering:

  1. You must first apply to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut. It is preferred that you apply online; however, you may do so by mail if needed. Please visit the UConn Graduate School site. The online application fee is $75.
  2. International applicants must earn a computer-based score of at least 213, an internet-based score of at least 80, or a written test score of at least 550, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of at least 85 on the Michigan Placement Test is also acceptable. A minimum score on the IELTS of 6.5 is also exceptable. We cannot make any decisions about your application without this information. Please submit official scores through ETS, our University code is 3915; departmental code is not needed to submit scores.
  3. We require general GRE scores to be submitted. Through ETS, our University code is 3915; departmental code is not needed to submit scores. We do not have a minimum score requirement.
  4. Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendations can be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts should be mailed to our Graduate School for verification purposes.
  5. All applicants must submit at least 3 letters of recommendation to complete their application.
  6. The application involves uploading your CV. Be sure this includes your GPA.
  7. The application requires a personal statement. This should include your career aspirations, why you are drawn to materials science and engineering, the area (or areas) in our program in which you hope to work, and anything else which will help us better identify that you are an excellent match for our department.
  8. A writing sample is optional, but highly encouraged especially if your GRE verbal and written scores are less than you think they ought to be.
  9. See the tables below for application deadlines.

For Fall Semester

Applicants Deadline
Domestic Applicants January 15
International Applicants January 15

For Spring Semester

Materials Science & Engineering Program does not regularly accept applications for the Spring Semester

Financial Aid

Applicants who seek financial aid must indicate so in the appropriate section of the graduate admissions application form. It is the policy of the department to provide financial aid to all full-time graduate students enrolled in the Ph.D. program, throughout their tenure of study. An attractive benefits package, including full medical coverage, is also provided.

Plan A  master’s students may be considered for support based upon the availability of funds. Awards are based on academic merit and include graduate assistantships (for teaching or research), university pre-doctoral fellowships, dissertation fellowships, industrial fellowships, and summer fellowships.

All offers of financial aid will be made in writing, usually at the time admission is offered.

Our stipends are among the highest in the nation. The form and amount of financial support varies, depending upon the degree sought, i.e., Ph.D. or M.S., and the particular assistantship offered. Current stipends for entering Ph.D. students varies between programs. Please contact your program of interest for current rates. We offer an attractive benefits package, including full medical coverage for a very modest fee. Duties associated with teaching assistantships require approximately 10-20 hours per week and may include grading homework assignments, leading discussion sections, reviewing problem sets with students, and supervising undergraduates in the laboratory. Research assistantships and fellowships are somewhat more flexible. Summer research work for additional compensation beyond that normally paid for teaching and/or research duties during the usual academic year frequently is available.

Your complete offer will be detailed clearly in an acceptance letter sent to you by the Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering Department.

Acceptance

Any offer of admission and financial aid will be made in writing and must be accepted within a period of time stated in the offer letter.

Schedule a Visit

Interested students who can visit the department are urged to do so at any time. To arrange this, write or telephone the department secretary giving the date of the planned visit. In most instances, it will be possible to arrange for a meeting with a member of the Graduate Admissions Committee and for a departmental tour. The departmental telephone number is (860)486-4613. Financial reimbursement for these visits is possible for students who have been admitted to the Ph.D. program.

Contact & Mailing Information

Requests for additional information for the Department of Material Science & Engineering should be directed to:

Dr. Bryan Huey
Director for Graduate Studies
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Connecticut
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
E-Mail: dirMSEgradstudies@engr.uconn.edu

Graduate Program Administrative Coordinator: Cathy McCrackan
E-mail: lorri.lafontaine@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 486-6496

Submit official transcripts and letters of recommendations to:

The Graduate School
University of Connecticut
Whetten Graduate Center
438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152