Materials Science and Engineering (PhD, MS)

Program Overview

Binghamton University offers graduate programs in Materials Science and Engineering leading to a master’s of science degree or a doctor of philosophy degree. Based on student interests, programs may emphasize either engineering or science.

Ranked in the top third nationally along with UCLA by Academics Analytics, Binghamton’s Materials Science and Engineering program is highly interdisciplinary, bringing together faculty from departments including chemistry, geological sciences and environmental studies, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering. Students may conduct research with faculty in any of these departments.

Students develop a solid foundation of knowledge in the principles of materials science, through either an atomic/nano or a bulk/macro approach. Students choose a specialization in one of the following areas:

  • Energy production
  • Storage and transmission
  • Nanomaterials
  • Electronic materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Modeling and mechanical behavior

Funding is offered in the form of stipends awarded through teaching or research assistantships.

Application fee waivers are available on a competitive basis for a limited number of PhD applicants. To be considered, you must start your application and upload all application documents before January 15. After your files have been uploaded, email Kathy Michaels ( to let her know that your application files have been uploaded for fee waiver consideration. The application package should not be submitted until the application fee has been paid or waived.

Virtual appointments are available. Contact michaels@binghamton.ed to schedule.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering
  • MS in Materials Science and Engineering

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to pursue a diverse range of materials and topics within the program. Various research facilities on campus include the Analytical and Diagnostics Lab, NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage, Center for Autonomous Solar Power, Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing, Integrated Electronics Engineering Center, and Nanofabrication Laboratory.

Watson Career and Alumni Connections offers professional advice and services such as interview guidance, cover letter critiques and networking opportunities.

After You Graduate

Graduates of the program have pursued postdoctoral work at universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, and California Institute of Technology. Alumni have also obtained positions in industry with companies such as Microsoft, Toyota, Universal Instruments, Intel, GlobalFoundries and LG Electronics.

Admission Requirements

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

Guangwen Zhou

Professor; Associate Director, Institute of Materials Research; Deputy Director of Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering