Materials Science and Engineering focuses on the discovery of new materials, the tailoring of materials systems for optimum performance in a given technological application, and the design of novel materials solutions for emerging technologies. MSE is an interdisciplinary field incorporating elements of chemistry, physics, biology and/or engineering to derive and control the connections between structure (at length scales ranging from sub-atomic to macroscale), the processing necessary to achieve that structure, the fundamental properties (electrical, optical, thermal, mechanical, etc.), and the performance.
These correlations are investigated using advanced materials characterization techniques and theoretical/computational analysis. Many of the most pressing scientific and technological challenges faced by humanity are constrained by the limits of currently available materials. The discovery, design and development of enabling materials is at the core of solving current and future scientific and engineering grand challenges, and benefit industries involved in electronics, advanced sensors, communications, human health, transportation, manufacturing recreation, energy conversion and storage, and environmental sustainability.
Academic Master's Program
Normative Time to Degree
Thesis or Comprehensive Exam
Tuition & Fees
Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2019-20
|Fall 2019||Winter 2020||Spring 2020||Annual|
|Student Services Fee||376.00||376.00||376.00||1,128.00|
|Assoc. Grad Students Fee||9.00||9.00||9.00||27.00|
|Student Center Fee||139.69||139.69||139.68||419.06|
|Bren Events Center Fee||23.00||23.00||23.00||69.00|
|Recreation Center Fee||88.00||88.00||88.00||264.00|
|Document Fee *||80.00||0.00||0.00||80.00|
|Student Health Insurance||1,459.18||1,459.18||1,459.18||4,377.54|
|Total California Resident||$ 5,908.87||$ 5,908.87||$ 5,908.86||$ 17,726.60|
|Nonresident Supplemental Tuition||5,034.00||5,034.00||5,034.00||15,102.00|
|Total Nonresident||$ 10,942.87||$ 10,942.87||$ 10,942.86||$ 32,828.60|
Posted 12 July 2019 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2019-2020/graduate.html.
The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.
* The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.
Department Chair and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: materials selection, green engineering, materials processing and characterization, nanostructured materials, structure-property relationships
Diran Apelian, Sc.D.
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: solidification processing; aluminum metallurgy; clean metal/melt refining; plasma processing / spray forming; powder metallurgy; nanostructured materials; semi-solid processing; thermal processing; resource recovery and recycling; innovation in engineering education
James Earthman, Ph.D.
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: biomaterials, dental and orthopaedic implants, green materials, nanocrystalline alloys, deformation and damage processes
Allon Hochbaum, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Chemistry
Research Interests: nanoscale materials and hybrid bio-inorganic devices for applications in clean energy
Enrique Lavernia, Ph.D.
UCI Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor; Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: nanostructured materials, additive manufacturing, powder metallurgy, mechanical behavior
Martha Mecartney, Ph.D.
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: ceramics for energy applications and for extreme environments, flash sintering, interfacial design of thermal conductivity, transmission electron microscopy
Daniel Mumm, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: development of materials for power generation systems, propulsion, integrated sensing, advanced vehicle concepts and platform protection
Xiaoqing Pan, Ph.D.
Henry Samueli Endowed Chair, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy; Director, Irvine Materials Research Institute
Research Interests: atomic-scale structure, properties and dynamic behaviors of advanced materials including thin films and nanostructures for memories, catalysts, and energy conversion and storage devices.
Regina Ragan, Ph.D.
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: exploration and development of novel material systems for nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices
Tim Rupert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Mechanical behavior, nanomaterials, structure-property relationships, microstructural stability, grain boundaries and interfaces, materials characterization.
Lorenzo Valdevit, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Director, Institute for Design & Manufacturing Innovation (IDMI)
Research Interests: Multifunctional optimization of thermo-mechanical structures, Micro-architected materials, Multi-scale mechanics, Development of MEMS sensors and actuators for mechanical characterization of small-scale materials, structures and biological systems.
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