Admission to the doctoral program is based upon careful assessment of the student’s potential for creative research in materials science and engineering. Applicants for this competitive program will normally demonstrate outstanding promise based on their bachelor’s degree and related experience, or have already completed an outstanding master’s degree program. For admission to the MSE masters programs, student applications and recommendation letters must also demonstrate past excellence and future potential.
Normal minimum undergraduate or masters degree GPA: 3.5 / 4.0
Normal minimum requirements for GRE scores include:
|Quantitative||Top 20 th percentile|
|Analytical||Top 40 th percentile|
|Verbal||Top 50th percentile|
Absolute requirements for entry into the UConn Graduate School:
Specifics for applying for graduate studies in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering:
You must first apply to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut. The online application fee is $75.
|Applicants||Deadline||Fall Term*||Spring Term **|
|Domestic||PhD, Full-time Masters||January 1||November 12|
|International||PhD, Full-time Masters||January 1||n/a|
|Domestic||Part time Masters||New applications considered bimonthly|
* Late applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until all openings are filled
** New PhD and full-time Masters students are rarely sought for the spring.
Materials Science & Engineering Program does not regularly accept applications for the Spring Semester
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 assistance to all full-time graduate students enrolled in the Ph.D. program, throughout their tenure of study, presuming acceptable progress towards the degree. An attractive benefits package, including medical coverage, is also provided.
Full-time masters students may be considered for support based upon the availability of funds. Part time masters students are not funded.
Any funding provided is based on research and industrial grants, academic merit awards, graduate assistantships (for teaching or research), dissertation fellowships, industrial fellowships, and/or summer internships or fellowships. Duties associated with teaching assistantships may include grading homework assignments, leading discussion sections, reviewing problem sets with students, and supervising undergraduates in the laboratory. Research assistantships and fellowships carry specific expectations related to the topic. Time commitments in every case are commensurate with the funding level, typically requiring approximately 10-20 hours per week as is typical nationwide.
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 Masters, 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 Materials Science and Engineering Department.
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.
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.
Requests for additional information for the Department of Material Science & Engineering should be directed to:
Graduate Program Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (860) 486-4620
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