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About Materials Science and Engineering

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Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is the study of the structure processing properties relationships of engineering materials. UCF offers both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering that are administered by the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE) in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Both MSE degree programs are strongly supported by AMPAC, UCF's materials research center, with many of the MSE faculty also holding positions in AMPAC and/or MMAE. Both MSE degree programs provide students with a fundamental and applied research-based education suitable for seeking employment in industry or in academia.

Additional information regarding the MSE degree programs can be found in the Graduate Catalog or on the MMAE Graduate Programs web page.

Admission Requirements

UCF's goal is to attract the best students from the top universities in the United States and around the world. Accordingly, admission to the MSE degree programs is done on a competitive basis, with most students admitted for entry in the Fall semester. All Fall semester applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the January 15th Priority Deadline, which allows their application to be considered for internal UCF Fellowship awards. Additionally, early applicants for all semesters are encouraged to complete the Pre-Application process offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science, which allows the application fee to be waived for exceptional applicants. The Pre-Application deadline for the Fall semester for International students is December 1st and after this date the UCF on-line application should be submitted directly.

UCF's minimum requirements for graduate admissions are:

  • Completion of on-line application.
  • All applicants must submit one official transcript showing the equivalent of a bachelor's degree earned at a regionally accredited institution.
  • 3.0 grade point average (based on the transcript evaluation)
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required when an applicant is from a country where English is not the official language or when an applicant's bachelor's degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution. The minimum UCF requirement for the TOEFL is:
    • TOEFL score of 220 (computer test or equivalent score on the paper test)
    • TOEFL iBT score of 80
    • The minimum UCF requirement for the IELTS is a band score 6.5.

Additionally, MSE degree programs require the following:

  • All applicants must submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • All applicants must provide a written statement of purpose, describing why those have chosen to apply.

Admissions deadlines vary based upon the semester for which entry into the program is requested and upon the immigration status of the student. The deadlines for the Ph.D. and M.S. degree programs are the same and can be found in the Graduate Catalog pages for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.

Assistantships and Funding

Research and Teaching assistantships are available for PhD students. Applications are reviewed during admissions for possible Graduate Teaching Assistantships and MSE faculty have the option to review applications in order to offer possible Graduate Research Assistantships. For admitted new international students who have been offered a research or teaching assistantship, the letter of admission, assistantship offer, and I-20 certificate are typically sent to the student simultaneously. The stipend for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship is currently $700 biweekly. Graduate Research Assistantship stipends are determined by the faculty advisor in charge of that research group. They currently range from $600 to $900 biweekly.

Tuition Fee Coverage

All UCF graduate students that are fully supported as Graduate Research Assistants or Graduate Teaching Assistants will, by UCF policy, be considered as "in-state" students for tuition purposes and their funding unit will pay the academic portion of their tuition on their behalf. This policy does not include all fees, (see full fee schedule here), but does include the In-State Tuition (paid by same source as assistantship stipend) and Non-Resident Tuition (which is waived by the university). Depending on student course load, the residual fees left that the student is responsible to pay are approximately $1,200 to $1,600 per year. These can be paid by the student using stipend income, or, in some cases, may be paid by the student's advisor.


Students accepted into the Materials Science & Engineering degree programs have the opportunity to work with a talented multidisciplinary faculty, numbering more than 20, in well-equipped research labs. Many of the Materials Faculty are members of the MMAE department, and most of these are also members of AMPAC. Additional materials faculty are associated with other UCF research centers (Florida Solar Energy Center, Nanoscience and Technology Center, Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers) and other departments (Physics, Optics, Electrical Engineering).

Research Facilities

Along with the individual faculty research labs, our materials research center has two distinct research facilities. The Advanced Microfabrication Facility (AMF) and the Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) are user facilities operated by AMPAC. Graduate and undergraduate students as well members of industry use these facilities to perform quality research. There are semester long as well as short courses and workshops taught by faculty to teach the science and utility of various equipment and techniques.


Classroom teaching comprises of selection from about 25 graduate level courses offered in the materials area. These are courses with EMA prefix found on the UCF web site. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field of Materials Science and Engineering students are typically allowed, and often encouraged, by their advisors to take courses from related disciplines (physics, chemistry, optics, mechanical engineering, ) a is appropriate to their research interests.

Personalized Attention

Materials Science & Engineering degree programs (working with AMPAC) offer personalized attention to assist the materials students. Our MSE Program Coordinator, Diana Camerino, maintains contact with you and assists during your application process and can be reached at diana.camerino@ucf.edu. The Materials Program Coordinator, Dr. Helge Heinrich, is a member of the AMPAC, MSE, Physics department and he can be reached at helge.heinrich@ucf.edu.

Additional Information

Below is a list of websites for additional information.

Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Central Florida
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 12760 Pegasus Drive, Engineering I, Suite 207, Orlando, Florida, 32816  •  TEL: Jodi Peters (407) 823-0607, FAX: (407) 882-1462   •  web@cecs.ucf.edu
NanoScience Technology Center