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.

  • Letter from the Chair


    Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

    This is just a quick note wishing you and your family a happy new year.

    2019 was one of the best in the department’s history. We welcomed several excellent new faculty and staff as well as a number of promising new graduate students. We said goodbye to some of our most senior Ph.D. students who successfully defended their theses and moved on to launch purposeful and prosperous careers. Best wishes to one and all!

    Our graduate program is growing in the number of Graduate Research Assistants and continuing its tradition of excellence. Anticipation is in the air regarding our emerging undergraduate Materials Science and Engineering program. Meanwhile, we continue to support the Engineering Science Degree that delivers unique opportunities for customized degree programs for many students and sound pathways to engineering careers for others. Our teaching mission remains strong as our faculty and TAs deliver thought provoking, cutting edge content and compete for and often earn numerous best teacher awards.

    Over the past year, a number of our faculty were promoted and some reappointed; this is very important to the development, future health and well-being of a thriving department. Congratulations, well done! Many faculty members received high praise for scholarly accomplishments, service to the profession and leadership often laboring behind the scenes without public recognition while working selfishly hand in hand with our students, administrative and professional research staffs. Our research enterprise continues to expand into new areas. Meanwhile, we continue to fortify our traditional research strengths and core competencies. 

    We owe many thanks to our administrative staff. Without them the department ceases to function. Thanks also for the addition of a new joint staff member, as a part of UVA Engineering’s communication team. We have set a course to proactively promote our accomplishments, good news, and latest milestones to our alumni, stakeholders and the entire materials science and engineering community. I am very excited about the possibilities regarding our communications and outreach in the future.

    Last but not least, our generous and far-sighted departmental donors have recognized our progress and have supported us with record levels of fellowship support directed towards our Ph.D. program as well as an endowed professorship and discretionary funding for MSE.

    Our future possibilities are limitless. I look forward to all of your continued successes and would like to hear about your vision and dreams for the department over the coming year.

    Thank you all for your selfless dedication to MSE throughout this past demanding semester. Your inspiration and diligence has made all of the above possible. I look forward to seeing you in January.  Here is to a happy and prosperous new year.


    John R. Scully


  • Fast Facts
    • Consistently ranks in the top 30 of MSE departments nationally
    • Received $9 M in research funding for Fiscal Year 2019, enabling student-centered research across the spectrum of materials for structural and electronic functions
    • Is home to 4 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 25 nationally renowned professors, including 4 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.