Materials Science and Engineering is a dynamic field involved in the synthesis, structure, properties, and performance of materials. Advanced materials are the foundation of manufactured products and many of the technological advances of this century were enabled by the development of new materials. The academic program offers specialization in metallurgy, ceramics, electronic materials, nanomaterials, and biomaterials. 

Materials Science and Engineering M.S.

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers both thesis and non-thesis options for the Master’s Degree. A student seeking the Master’s degree with or without thesis is required to pass a comprehensive oral or written examination.

All work counted for the Master’s degree must be completed during the six years immediately following the date of admission.

Materials Science Engineering Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering will prepare graduates for industrial and/or academic research as well as for higher level jobs in materials related industry in one (or more) of five areas of specialization:

1) electronic materials,

2) nanotechnology,

3) metals and alloys,

4) ceramics, and

5) polymer science and biomaterials.


We are part of the FIU College of Engineering and Computing, one of the top engineering schools in Florida and in the country.

Careers and salaries

Potential Salaries and Demand

Data for Materials Engineers:

Florida Projected Growth (2014-2024): +16%
Florida Median Yearly Income (2016) : $95,320 annual
National Median Yearly Income (2018) :$92,390 annual


Potential Careers

There is an increasing demand for graduates in materials science and engineering, with high technology industries leading the need for graduates. In fact, many of the companies needing materials scientists and engineers did not exist 20 years ago. Because everything is made of materials and new materials, such as nanomaterials, are rapidly being developed, materials science and engineering is a growth field in engineering.

Evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials. Includes those engineers working with composite materials or specializing in one type of material, such as graphite, metal and metal alloys, ceramics and glass, plastics and polymers, and naturally occurring materials. Includes metallurgists and metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers, and welding engineers. 

Materials and Processes Manager, Materials Branch Chief, Materials Development Engineer, Materials Engineer, Materials Research Engineer, Metallurgical Engineer, Metallurgist, Process Engineer, Research Engineer, Test Engineer

Tracks & Specializations

  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electronic Materials
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers and Biomaterials
  • Nanomaterials




Please review the admission requirements and the graduation requirements below and contact an advisor if you need more information.