Graduate Program Materials Science and Engineering

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Materials Science and Engineering Master's Degree Overview

PSU Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

The Master of Science in Materials Science Engineering provides advanced coursework and research that blends basic materials science with fundamental engineering principles and practice. Closely tied to industry needs and applications, the program supports research in nanomaterials, semiconductor materials, biomaterials, composites, metallurgy, welding, micro-joining, manufacturing, computational modeling, and materials synthesis, post-treatment, and characterization. The flexibility of the program structure encourages students to explore research in conventional disciplines as well as those in inter- or multi-disciplines. The program features research thrusts spanning a wide range of cutting-edge and cross-disciplinary areas.

About the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science includes five departments, 84 full-time faculty and more than 3,000 students. We offer academic programs that provide transformative opportunities within the classroom and beyond. If you join our college, you'll be connected to Portland's leading tech companies providing opportunities for internships, mentoring, networking, and long term careers. Our faculty offer research opportunities that allow for collaborative or individual study, culturing creativity and innovation. If you want to push what’s possible, in Portland and far beyond, accelerate your career with a graduate degree from the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

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Materials Science and Engineering Master's Degree: Why PSU?

From zero-gravity experiments in space to developing nano-materials for biomedical application, faculty within the Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department engage in a variety of innovative research areas. At Portland State University, students can work in tandem with faculty who are locally and internationally recognized as academics on the forefront of their endeavors.

Department Research can be categorized into three specialty areas: Design & Manufacturing, Materials Science, and Thermal & Fluid Science.

Ongoing research in the Design & Manufacturing area includes:

  • Agile & Adaptive Robotics
  • Controls
  • Nano Electronic Packaging

Ongoing research in the Materials Science area includes:

  • Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
  • Biomaterial
  • Nanodevice Fabrication & Nanomaterial Synthesis

Ongoing research in the Thermal & Fluid Science area includes:

  • Capillary Fluidics
  • Green Building
  • Microscale Fluidics
  • Wind, Energy, & Turbulence

Portland State University serves the Portland metropolitan area, which is a vibrant and growing community with a culturally diverse population. Portland State University's motto, "Let knowledge serve the city," highlights the campus as a leader in location and international university-community partnerships.

Upon graduation, students find they are well-equipped to enter the workforce with the following industry partners: Autodesk, Blount, Blue Origin, Boeing, Daimler Trucks North America, Galois, Hewlett-Packard, Hyster-Yale, Intel, Jacobs Engineering Group, NASA, Nike, PAE Consulting Engineers, PCC Structurals, Portland General Electric, Precision Castparts, 3D Systems, Tektronix, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Warn Industries, Xerox, and others.

What can I do with a Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering?

Careers in the Material Science Engineering field can span various industries, including:

  • additive manufacturing
  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • biomedical
  • construction
  • defense
  • electronics
  • energy
  • heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
  • industrial
  • materials and metals
  • mechanical design
  • patent law
  • railway
  • research and development  

Featured Courses

  • ME 507/607 Seminar


  • ME 427/527 Phase Transformations and Kinetics in Materials
  • ME 428/528 Scanning Electron Microscopy for Materials and Device Characterizations
  • ME 429/529 Transmission Electron Microscopy and Chemical Analysis of Materials
  • ME 476/576 Materials Failure Analysis


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).