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Department of Materials Science & Engineering

In 1997, Tuskegee University’s (TU) administration approved the offering of the Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).  A group of faculty representing eight disciplines of science and  engineering was designated as MSE faculty, whose responsibility was to develop the curriculum and implement the program. The curriculum of the Ph.D. program was developed and approved in June 1998, and the program was successfully implemented in fall 1998.  The curriculum was reviewed and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) during the same year. The primary objective of the program is to significantly increase the number of African Americans holding Ph.D. degrees in Science and Engineering. To date, TU has produced 39 PhDs in MSE and has become one of the largest producer of African American MSE PhDs in the nation.

In March 2011,  the TU Trustees approved the establishment of the Department of MSE and authorized the development of a Master’s program in MSE.  In October 2011, the TU Trustees approved the Master’s program in MSE, which was subsequently accepted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission (SACS); and was implemented in January 2013.


Admission Requirements
(Deadline to submit application is February 1st)

Applicants must have completed the B.S. degree in either of the following areas to be considered for the Master’s program in MSE:

  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering or related disciplines from college or university to be considered for the Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering.

Applicants  must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The minimum acceptable combined GRE score is 1000 (old) or 300 (new).

Application Requirements     

Official Transcript from all colleges/universities attended (International Students must have transcripts translated through  World Education Services -WES)

Completed Application

3 Letters of Recommendation

Statement of  Purpose

GRE Scores

Financial Affidavit (International Students –only)

Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores  (International students only)

An application fee of $35

For graduate admission application and  other graduate studies information click here >  Graduate Studies Office  

Mail admission application and supporting documentation to:

Office of Graduate Studies and Research
Old Montgomery Road, John A. Kenney Hall
Suite 44-320
Tuskegee Universiy
Tuskegee, AL 36088

Financial Support

Applicants selected to join the Materials Science and Engineering programs are awarded fellowships consisting of a stipend and tuition subject to availability of funds.   Effective fall 2015, the fellowship amount is as follows and does not include those awarded through special programs:

Master’s Students Receive a Stipend of $15,000  annually plus full tuition Ph.D. Students Receive a Stipend of $21,000  annually plus full tuition Continued support is based on the following:

Successful performance in research, as determined  by the major professor and department head

Maintenance of cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all course work

Participation in all activities that are required for Master’s and Ph.D. students in MSE The availability of funds


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