Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- PhD in Engineering with a specialization in Materials Engineering
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Experimental and Computational Aspects of Materials Synthesis, Processing, Characterization, and Simulation
- Nanomaterials, Coatings, Fibers, and Novel Materials
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Materials Engineering
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE (International applicants only)
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Statement of goals and objectives
- Three recommendation letters
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Materials Engineering
- For Financial Consideration: February 15 for Fall. October 15 for Spring. February 15 for Summer.
- Otherwise: Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
Materials engineering involves the investigation and application of the fundamental physics, chemistry, and engineering of materials in order to create, develop, and use materials with superior and new properties for manufacturing processes and engineering design. The discovery, research, development, and applications of materials are major reasons behind the adoption, widespread availability, cost reduction, innovations, and improvements in medical, transportation, communications, security, home, and entertainment technologies. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, students and faculty from four departments (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, and Mechanical Engineering) work individually and in collaboration in the field of materials engineering.
The objectives in materials engineering are (1) to involve students in research and creative activity in new aspects and applications of materials engineering, (2) to prepare students for careers in the research, development, and applications of new and advanced materials, and (3) to provide students with a foundation for work in industry, commerce, national and corporate laboratories, and academia.
Students have access to many experimental and computational research laboratories and facilities in the four departments and in the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Faculty and research
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Supercritical Processing; Boron Carbide Devices; Polymers for Harsh Environments
Multi-Domain Networks; Structural and Algorithmic Graph Theory; Design and Analysis of Algorithms; Bioinformatics; Data Mining Models
Experimental and Computational Mechanics of Materials
Thin Film Deposition; Plasma Processing; Nanoscale Processing; Optical Process Monitoring
Large Deformation Thermo-Mechanical Response of Materials
Advanced Machining of Materials Used in Aerospace, Automotive and Medical Device Industries
Electronic Skin; Electronics on Bacterium; DNA and Protein Chip
Microstructural Development; Nanoscale Materials; Magnetic Materials; Electron Microscopy; X-ray Diffraction
Biomaterials; Ultrasound Medicine and Biology; Protein Engineering and Design
Nanofabrication; Monolayers for Virus Detection; Patterned Metallic Alloys; Patterned Metallic Alloys; Polymer Thin Films
Multiscale Characterization; Elastic and Stochastic Wave Propagation; Experimental Ultrasonics; Linear and Nonlinear Vibrations; Structural Acoustics
Abrasive Flow Machining; Nontraditional Finishing Processes; Rapid Prototyping; Tooling