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Graduate Education in Materials Science

"One of the department's greatest strengths is the mixture of fundamental materials knowledge combined with a lot of practical, hands-on real-world applications where that knowledge can be applied. That will be invaluable throughout my career." - Greg Brentrup '11 M.S.

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Welcome to the Lehigh University Department of Materials Science and Engineering, which offers graduate degrees (M.S. M.Eng. and Ph.D.) in all fields of materials science, such as polymers, optics, nanotechnology, and photonics.

Why choose Lehigh for graduate school?

Graduate students in Materials Science and Engineering work closely with faculty and conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities, especially those in electron microscopy. They carry out research that advances current understanding and knowledge in the field.

Graduate program features include:

  • Research thrusts in microstructural characterization, processing and properties of nanomaterials, ceramics, electronic materials and packaging, and metal processing and performance;
  • Interdisciplinary research projects in photonics, polymers, composites, solid free-form and nanoscale fabrication, and materials for bioapplications;
  • Small faculty-to-student ratio;
  • Active collaborations with researchers from Europe, South America, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East.

Degrees Address Today's Technology Needs

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers master's and doctorate degrees in Materials Science and through the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering offers Ph.D. and master's degrees in Polymer Science and Engineering. The department also offers a Certificate in Nanotechnology. Lehigh’s interdisciplinary program in Business Administration and Engineering (MBA&E) meets the diverse but converging needs of business and engineering by offering students the chance to acquire a solid foundation in both fields.

Support from Industry and Government

Our world-renowned Materials Science faculty enjoy close ties with, and support from, industry and government. Research in the Materials Science and Engineering department is sponsored by NSF, NASA, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and many industrial partners. For example, a $7.5 million grant from U.S. Department of Defense funds a Lehigh-led team of scientists from Lehigh, Carnegie-Mellon, Clemson, Illinois, and Kutztown universities to determine how the atomic structure of grain-boundary interphases affects the mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties of strategic engineering materials.

Affiliated Lehigh Research Centers, Laboratories, and Institutes

International Materials Institute
Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics
Center for Polymer Science and Engineering
Energy Research Center
Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
Institute for Metal Forming

Admissions and Support

Doctoral students are generally fully supported through the award of Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships. Masters students, those in the Certificate in Nanotechnology program, and those taking graduate study not leading to a degree are in most cases responsible for their own finances.

Admissions requirements for graduate study depend on the program. We encourage you to view our admisssions information and individual program webpages (left column) for requirements.

Contact Information

For more information or to obtain an application, please contact:

Lisa Arechiga
Graduate Coordinator, Materials Science and Engineering
Lehigh University
5 East Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Fax: 610-758-4244