Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is home to a top rated graduate program Materials Science and Engineering.  We offer a unique interdisciplinary environment for graduate studies, we are large enough to boast world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities, yet small enough to give every graduate student personal attention.
The Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program provides students with a strong background in advanced materials synthesis, processing, and characterization, both from an experimental and theoretical standpoint.  Major research thrusts include Energy, Environment, Food and Health, Information Technology, Structural Applications, and Nanotechnology.
Doctoral students are typically offered competitive 4-year financial offers of fellowships and research/teaching assistantships which include tuition, fees, and a stipend.  Financial offers are subject to satisfactory progress towards completion of degree requirements.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Alisha Bartolomucci, MA
Materials Science and Engineering
Student Affairs Officer
3049 Ghausi Hall
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-7952
Email Alisha Bartolomucci

Degree Offerings

Program Highlights

  • Highly interdisciplinary department
  • Strong external funding
  • A culture that embraces diversity
  • An environment that nurtures and promotes collegial interaction
  • Committed to providing ample dissertation/thesis advising and financial support
  • Generous financial support

Research Focus Areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Catalysts
  • Ceramics
  • Defect structures
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Electronic and electrochemical properties and devices
  • Electron microscopy
  • Glasses
  • Green engineering and design
  • Hydrogels
  • Interfaces
  • Magnetic properties and devices
  • Materials microstructure and/or processing
  • Materials under extreme conditions
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Mechanical properties and synthesis
  • Membrane separations
  • Metals
  • Molecular modeling
  • Nanomaterials
  • Optical properties and devices
  • Polymers
  • Porous media
  • Radiation tolerant materials
  • Renewable energy
  • Sintering
  • Structural materials
  • Thermochemistry
  • Thin films

Research Facilities and Partnerships