MS in Materials Science & Engineering

Columbia Engineering’s program in Materials Science and Engineering offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Science (MS) Students interested in materials science and engineering enroll in the materials science and engineering program in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics.

Program Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering will follow a program of study formulated in consultation with and approved by a faculty adviser. Thirty points of credit are required at a minimum. All degree requirements must be completed within five years. A candidate for the terminal masters degree is required to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. Students enrolled in the MS/PhD Track program must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Applicants for admission are required to take the Graduate Record Examinations.

MS students must complete the Professional Development and Leadership Course, ENGI E4000, as a graduation requirement. PhD candidates are strongly encouraged to complete ENGI E6001–6004 and should consult their program for PDL requirements.

Required Courses

30 points of credit are required at a minimum. Students interested in a specific focus in metallurgy or other areas in materials science and engineering should consult their faculty adviser for relevant course listings.

The following six courses (18 points) are required for the degree. Students must take a minimum of two of the six required courses, one of which must be MSAE E4100 Crystallography, in their first semester.


If a candidate has already taken one or more of these courses at Columbia University, substitutions from the Elective list must be approved by consultation with their faculty advisor and approval of the program committee.

The remaining 12 points will be chosen from elective courses list in the 2020-2020 Bulletin.

Similar courses not listed here may be considered by petition, addressed to the APAM Department Student Services Coordinator.

Students interested in a specific focus in Metallurgy or other materials fields should consult their faculty adviser for relevant course listings.

Concentration in Materials Theory and Simulation (MTS)

Computational materials science is a pervasive topic in disciplinary areas of materials science and engineering, as well as in solid state physics, solid state chemistry, earth science, and beyond. The Materials Theory and Simulation (MTS) concentration within the Materials Science and Engineering MS degree program provides students sufficient preparation to begin independent research in this emerging area.


Professional Degree - Metallurgical Engineer

For for engineers who wish to do advanced work beyond the level of the MS degree, but who do not desire to emphasize research, please learn more about our Professional Degree: Metallurgical Engineer


Have a question? Feel free to reach out to our Student Services Coordinator or contact a Materials Science & Engineering Masters only or CVN Advisor.


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