• DMSE consistently ranks in the top 30 of all MSE departments nationally.
  • Awards 10-15 PhD degrees and 4-6 MS  annually in Materials Science and Engineering plus Engineering Physics
  • Is led by 23 nationally renowned professors, including three members of the National Academy of Engineering, 10 endowed chair-holders, and recipients of 35 fellow-of-technical-society awards.
  • Supports 90 graduate students each year, involved in research, journal publication, and international technical conferences
  • Received $9 M in research funding for fiscal year 2019, enabling student-centered research across the spectrum of materials for structural and electronic functions
  • Operates sophisticated characterization instrumentation and computer modeling facilities in two attached state-of-the-art buildings
  • 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
  • Is home to 4 major research centers of excellence


The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at UVa offers the following graduate degrees:

The MSE Department provides undergraduate students with a foundation for understanding how the processing, properties and structure of materials affect the science, design, and application of materials with the following options: