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Department 3905

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307.766.2862

Fax: 307.766.2652


How To Apply

Materials Science and Engineering Program

Why Apply to the MSE Graduate Program?

The MSE program is a rigorous interdisciplinary program that combines an exposure to the breadth of the field through coursework, collaborative research, and regular interaction with other students and faculty with the depth of expertise in your area of specialization.  MSE students, faculty, and affiliates are not isolated in their own department, but rather think across boundaries, where meaningful scientific discovery occurs.  The University of Wyoming's relatively small campus and the MSE program's small enrollment allows for high levels of interaction between students and faculty across many departments and colleges.

The MSE Graduate Program is a program, not a department.  As such, all MSE students must simultaneously apply to a home department (see Participating Departments) in conjunction with indicating an interest in the MSE program.


Steps in the Application Process

1.  Apply to a home department

Visit your potential home department (Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geology & Geophysics, Mechanical Engineering, or Physics) webpage to acquire their PhD application materials.  Admission to a home department is a pre-requisite for admission to the MSE program. Students already admitted to doctoral programs in participating MSE departments may apply to the MSE program by submitting the information in Step 3.

2.  You will be notified when the Graduate Affairs Committee has selected applicants. 

Please visit the UW Graduate Admissions website and UW Graduate Education website for additional information on the application process and graduate education at the University of Wyoming.

3.  Apply to the MSE program

Contact to indicate you would like to apply to the MSE program.  Please include: 1) the home department you have been accepted to, 2) your contact information, and 3) a one-page essay describing your research interests in the area of materials science.



Please check with individual departments for application deadlines.  There are no firm deadlines for applying to the MSE program; however, prospective students must first apply to a home department.  Typically students apply during the fall and early winter, are admitted in the spring, and begin graduate school the following fall, but students can be admitted on a rolling basis.



Nearly all MSE students are funded on departmental teaching assistantships or research grants.  Be in contact with your home department to determine whether grant or departmental funding is available.  Research assistantships through the NASA EPSCoR program may also be available, but are limited and competitive. Please contact the NASA EPSCoR office for more information:

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