Materials Science and Engineering M.S. (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.


The M.S. program results in a “terminal” master’s degree; it is not related to the Ph.D. program and is not a pathway into the Ph.D. program in Cornell MSE.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-0999

210 Bard Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • materials engineering
  • materials science



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: Feb. 1

Requirements Summary:

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in engineering or physical science. 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 is optional

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

Learning Outcomes