Future Students

Materials Science and Engineering is a student-focused department. We offer high-value research opportunities, smaller class sizes, hands-on labs, world-renowned faculty, and real-world senior design projects.

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Application for admission to NC State is handled at the university level.

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I’m a high school student:

You should apply to the College of Engineering First Year Program and select MSE as your intended major on your admissions application. After completing the standard set of engineering first-year courses, you may apply to join MSE as a degree-seeking student via the CODA process.

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I’m a transfer student:

If you are interested in transferring to the MSE department at NC State from another institution, you should apply directly to NC State Undergraduate Admissions. For additional information and deadlines, please consult the Undergraduate Admissions website for transfer students.

Transfer Student Information

The MSE curriculum includes fundamental courses in thermodynamics, kinetics, and structure, followed by more applied courses that cover mechanical, thermal, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties of materials.

Two laboratory courses introduce students to analytical methods used to characterize the structure of materials at all length scales and to measure properties of all classes of materials.

Cutting-edge technologies in materials science and engineering such as nanotechnology, biomaterials, computer modeling, and forensics (materials degradation and failure analysis) are covered.

Five technical electives are included, which allow students to select from a broad range of courses in materials processing, engineering, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and other disciplines.  The flexibility afforded by these technical electives allows students to customize their education to prepare them for careers in industry or for graduate school.

The two-semester capstone senior design sequence provides a bridge between concepts learned in the classroom and the practical application of these concepts in an industrial setting.  Teams of students work on real-world materials problems supported by local industrial sponsors.

The Materials Science and Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

Concentration Options

In addition to the base B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering degree, our department offers two concentration options:

MSE (BS): Biomaterials Concentration

The MSE (BS): Biomaterials Concentration will provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive materials science and engineering background while introducing elements of biology that will afford students an understanding of how materials interact with the body and how they can enhance quality of life.

MSE (BS): Nanomaterials Concentration

The MSE (BS): Nanomaterials Concentration will provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive materials science and engineering background while emphasizing concepts for understanding materials at length scales approaching the size of a few individual atoms or molecules of a material in the form of ultra-thin films, nanowires, and nanoparticles. Properties from materials at these scales can differ from those observed in bulk specimens, while material structure engineering at the nanoscale can influence bulk structural and functional properties.

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program

The 5-year accelerated bachelor’s/master’s (ABM) program gives NC State’s top-performing undergraduate Materials Science and Engineering majors the opportunity to earn an additional master’s degree in one year. The major benefit is that up to four graduate courses (12 credit hours) taken while the student is still an undergraduate may be counted towards both their bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. 

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MSE Minor

The minor in Materials Science and Engineering is available to and useful for students in any engineering discipline, as well as students from chemistry, physics, and textiles. It also provides non-MSE majors planning to attend graduate school in Materials Science and Engineering a meaningful and useful way to prepare themselves. 

To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0 and a C- or better in MSE 200 or MSE 201Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review.  

Completion of the MSE minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours, which includes 9 credits of required courses and at least 6 credits of elective courses. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from their degree program. 

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