Material Science and Engineering, PhD, Masters Programs

Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program

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The Materials Science and Engineering program at Montana Tech prepares students for careers in materials-related fields including aerospace, biomaterials, chemicals, electronic materials, energy, and metals. The interdisciplinary program provides students access to faculty in resources of the participating STEM departments, which enables the students to attain depth in the specialized discipline of their choice.

Why Earn Your Graduate Degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Montana Tech?

Ranked #1 among the best engineering schools in the nation by Best Value Schools, Montana Tech boasts a 100% career outcome rate. You’ll benefit from an extraordinary hands-on learning environment. More than 30 materials-oriented graduate courses are available.

State-of-the-Art Labs and Equipment

Our labs help materials science and engineering graduate students conduct research that makes an impact. Use state-of-the-art analytical, laboratory, and field equipment. You’ll have access to instruments in for your materials sciences research and opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty.

Materials Science and Engineering Internships

Receive even more hands-on experience through a variety of materials science and engineering internships in many employment areas, such as engineering consulting, biomaterials, or aerospace. As an in-demand materials science and engineering student, you’ll have your pick of top internships in your area of interest.

Outstanding Location

While earning your graduate degree in materials science and engineering, you’ll also have countless opportunities to enjoy Montana’s great outdoors both in and around Butte as well as across the state. Butte boasts access to several ski hills, hot springs and a plethora of camping, hiking, road and biking locations.

Career outlook for the materials science and engineering graduate degree

100% career outcome rate

Materials science and engineering salary

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow 4% through 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for materials scientists was $78,790 in May 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

a multitude of summer internships available
86% Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Pass Rate
11:1 student to faculty ratio
11:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
$78K average starting salary
$78K Average Starting Salary

Explore Classes for the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Degree Programs

Your Montana Tech courses will give you a strong foundation for a career in materials science.

View Courses for the Materials Science Ph.D. Program

View Courses for the Materials Science  & Engineering M.S. Program

Talk to an Advisor

Contact materials science department head Jerome Downey at 406-496-4578 or at

View our Graduate Admissions Information

To begin your graduate degree at Montana Tech for materials science and engineering, please review our admissions information.

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We invite you to start your application or request more information about the Materials Science and Engineering program at Montana Tech.


If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can find more information for prospective students here.

Distance or Remote Learning Options

It is possible for our materials science students to earn their MS/MSE degree via distance  or remote learning through Montana Tech. Off-campus research is encouraged for qualified students. Learn more about distance or remote learning options.