Materials Science and Engineering M.Eng. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Materials Science and Engineering

Program Description

The focus of current advanced materials research at Cornell includes ceramics, complex fluids, metals, polymers and semiconductors in the form of thin films and in the bulk. Electrical, magnetic, mechanical, optical, and structural properties are investigated. Some special topics of interest are composites, inorganic-organic hybrids, nanocomposites, organic optoelectronics, and, in relation to the structure of materials, the investigation of grain boundaries, surfaces and structural defects. Also studied are materials synthesis and processing and solid state reactions in model systems. Many faculty are involved in electronic packaging. Numerous interactions exist with other fields at Cornell.

A strong catalyst for materials research activities at Cornell has been provided by the Cornell Center for Materials Research (formerly: Materials Science Center), which provides substantial financial assistance to graduate students and maintains central research facilities.


This program provides advanced course work designed to prepare the student for a career in professional engineering. There is less emphasis on research. Additional information is available in the publication Graduate Study in Engineering and Applied Science.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-0999

210 Bard Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • materials engineering
  • materials science


2022-2023: $62,456

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. For priority review, please submit applications by October 15 for Spring admission, and January 15 for Fall admission. Applications received after those dates will be reviewed as they are received.

Requirements Summary:

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in engineering or physical science. United States and Canadian applicants are strongly advised to submit GRE general test scores; all other applicants must submit those scores. The director of graduate studies may waive this requirement on request. Additional information about course programs and research areas is available on request from the graduate field office.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test

Note: The pre-application is no longer required for this field. This change supersedes the requirements written in the paper application.

Learning Outcomes

  • Mastery of Broad Core Topics in the Discipline and in-depth knowledge of a subfield
  • Problem formulation, organization and planning of research approach
  • Working as part of a team
  • Communication
  • Self-directed learning and professional development