About MSE

Established in 1962, the U.Va. Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), addresses societal needs by providing cutting-edge research solutions and educating the leaders of tomorrow — in the classroom, in the lab and beyond.

  • Fast Facts
    • Consistently ranks in the top 30 of MSE departments nationally
    • Receives $9.5 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 3-4 MS and 10-15 PhD degrees annually in Materials Science and Engineering plus Engineering Physics
    • Is led by 24 nationally renowned professors, including 8 endowed chair-holders, one member of the National Academy of Engineering, and recipients of 35 fellow-of-technical-society awards.
    • Supports about 85 graduate students each year, involved in research, journal publication, and international technical conferences
    • Operates sophisticated laboratory instrumentation and computer modeling facilities in two attached state-of-the-art buildings, Wilsdorf Hall and the Materials Science Building
    MSE Department Brochure
  • Degrees Offered

    Highly collaborative in nature, the department offers several degrees:

    Concentration in Materials Science, via a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science (ES/MSE)

    Master of Materials Science and Engineering (ME) in Materials Science and Engineering

    Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MS-MSE)

    Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering 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.

  • Contact Info

    Contact Information


    Wilsdorf Hall 395 McCormick Road
    P.O. BOX 400745
    Charlottesville, VA 22904

    Phone: (434) 982 - 5641
    Fax: (434) 982 - 5660


  • Parking

    The department has two visitor parking spots near Scott Stadium in the T-4 parking lot. Reservations can be made through the MSE office.

    This printable map has directions and the walking route to the building from our visitor parking spots.


    Additional parking is available nearby in metered lots and through P&T.