Admission to the Materials Science & Engineering Graduate Program

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering only admits students once an academic year for a Fall semester start date. All application materials must be submitted by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. Please be sure to read all the application requirements below and upload all documents to your ApplyYourself online application PRIOR to submitting your application. DO NOT send paper copies, they will not be accepted or included.

For questions related to the admission process, please contact the Materials Science and Engineering Academic Advisor Marcie Leek (marcie.leek@utah.edu).

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Domestic Application Deadline: January 15th

Application Requirements:
  • Application Fee
    • There is a nonrefundable fee for domestic MS*/PhD applicants of $55.00 USD per application.
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Score

All applicants must meet the University of Utah Graduate School admission standard, for more details about each individual applications requirements, please review the information below.

Please make sure you include the following on your application:
• Area of Emphasis
• Professor you wish to work with

*The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) only admits domestic students to the Master of Science (MS) program. Due to limited funding opportunities, international applicants are not eligible for admissions to the MSE MS program.   

International Application Deadline: December 15th

Application Requirements:
  • Application Fee
    • There is a nonrefundable fee for international PhD applicants* of $65.00 USD per application.
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Score
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score

All applicants must meet the University of Utah Graduate School admission standard, for more details about each individual applications requirements, please review the information below.

Please make sure you include the following on your application:
• Area of Emphasis
• Professor you wish to work with

*The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) only admits domestic students to the Master of Science (MS) program. Due to limited funding opportunities, international applicants are not eligible for admissions to the MSE MS program.   

BS/MS Application Deadline: January 15th

Only full time domestic students currently enrolled in Major Status in the Materials Science and Engineering program can be admitted to the combined BS/MS Program. International students are not eligible for the BS/MS degree.

Application Requirements:
  • Application Fee
    • There is a nonrefundable fee for domestic MS* applicants of $55.00 USD  per application.
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

All applicants must meet the University of Utah Graduate School admission standard, for more details about each individual applications requirements, please review the information below.

*The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) only admits domestic students to the Master of Science (MS) program. Due to limited funding opportunities, international applicants are not eligible for admissions to the MSE MS program. 

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The Graduate School minimum requirements for admissions are:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college/university,
  • At least a 3.00 or higher undergraduate weighted mean GPA. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.00, a GPA will be calculated on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of the undergraduate work for admission consideration.

The University of Utah is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all programs, activities and employment. Moreover, students may not be denied admission to graduate work solely because they obtained a prior degree at the University of Utah.

A personal statement should be a brief (1-2 pages) paper describing the kind of professional and academic studies you hope to undertake in the program and your goals for the degree.

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation are required for an application to be complete and must be submitted online. On the ApplyYourself application there is a section for applicants to enter the names and email addresses of our recommends. They will receive an email with a username and password which will allow them to upload their letters to the application. Academic Letters of Recommendation are preferred.

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded in the ApplyYourself System. If admitted to the University of Utah, official transcripts will be required and need to be sent to the Admissions Office, not the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. For more information on this, please see the "Steps for After Admitted" tab.

The GRE score must be current (taken within the last 5 years) for it to be accepted. The Department requires applicants GRE score to be a minimum combined score of 300 on the quantitative and verbal sections; and a minimum score of 3.0 on the writing section

Register for the General GRE at www.ets.org. General GRE Test Scores must be submitted to the University of Utah directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS). Send scores using Institution Code 4853 (U Utah). Photocopies, student copies, and screen shots will not be accepted

NOTE: Allow two months for scoring, mailing, and processing. For example, we recommend taking your tests in October in order to meet the January application deadline.

The Department requires international applicants to meet the following language proficiency requirements: 

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 80 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test)
  • IELTS: An overall minimum band score of 6.5

All test dates must be within two years of admission for scores to be valid. There are no exception made for applicants who score below the minmum required score. 


Register for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at www.ets.org or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) at www.ielts.org

TOEFL Test Scores must be submitted to the University Admissions Office directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS). Send scores to the Admissions Office (Institution Code 4853). Photocopies, student copies, and screen shots will not be accepted. TOEFL results must be less than two years old at the time of admission

NOTE: Allow two months for scoring, mailing, and processing. We recommend taking your tests in September in order to meet the December application and funding deadline.

English proficiency may be demonstrated by graduate applicants in one of the following ways:
  • An associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university completed within two years of admittance
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher completed within the last two years from an officially-recognized college or university in one of the following countries:Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

The following applicants do not need to submit proof of English proficiency:

  • Native speakers of English who are citizens of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Continuing students currently enrolled at the University of Utah and moving from one degree level to another, or one program to another (with a break of no more than two years between the 'change' from one degree level/program to the next)

If an applicant does not meet one of the standards outlined above, but feels their professional and/or educational experience merits English proficiency, please contact iao@sa.utah.edu for information on filing a Petition for English Proficiency.