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

Materials Science and Engineering
3001 Ghausi Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
PH. 530-752-7952
FAX 530-752-1031

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 by accomplished faculty
  • Generous financial support for Ph.D. students

Research Focus Areas

  • Biomaterials/Soft Matter
  • Catalysts
  • Ceramics
  • Colloids and Surface Science
  • Composites
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Defect Structures
  • Drug Delivery Systems
  • Electrochemical Properties/Devices
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Electronic Properties/Devices
  • Glasses
  • Interfaces
  • Magnetic Materials/Devices
  • Materials Microstructure
  • Materials Processing/Synthesis
  • Materials Under Extreme Conditions
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Metals
  • Nanoepitaxy
  • Nanomaterials
  • Optical Properties/Devices
  • Polymers
  • Radiation Tolerant Materials
  • Renewable Energy
  • Self assembly
  • Sintering
  • Structural Materials
  • Thermochemistry
  • Thin Films

Research Facilities and Partnerships