How to Apply / Deadlines

Graduate Admission

To apply for admission to the Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering, please submit letters of reference, your resume, supplemental material (e.g. research papers) via the graduate application website: Graduate School Online Application (Penn State no longer accepts mailed paper applications).

International students should review the procedures for obtaining a visa.

Please refer to the Graduate School's How To Apply page for application procedures and fees.


GRE and TOEFL scores need to be sent to Penn State University electronically. Select "Penn State University" as the destination for test scores. The following GRE/TOEFL code should be used when applying:

Institution Code: 2660

Application Deadlines

Fall 2018 admission: Apply by Friday, December 29, 2017. A small number of prestigious fellowships may be awarded early. Students with especially strong credentials are encouraged to apply by Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (extended due to issue with the application website).

Spring 2018 admission: Apply by September 1, 2017.

Transcript Information

As part of the online application process, applicants are required to electronically upload copies of transcripts (or equivalent documents for institutions outside the U.S., e.g., degree/study certificates, diplomas, etc.) from all post-secondary institutions attended, in the language of instruction (and copies of an official English translation if English is not the language of instruction).  Applicants recommended for admission who accept an offer through the online graduate admission system will be notified by the Graduate School that official/original transcripts/documents must be sent from the originating institutions in the official language of the institution(s) attended (and if the language of instruction is not English, an official English translation must also be sent). 

Tips for a Successful Application

Admission to the graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering is highly competitive and we recommend that applicants get their materials in early, preferably before Saturday, November 25, 2017, in order to be considered for financial aid. Students with especially strong credentials are encouraged to apply before Saturday, November 25, 2017, if possible to be considered for additional prestigous fellowship opportunities.   Applicants are encouraged to send their Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (non-US residents only) as early as possible and also to pay particular attention to the narrative statement in the application.

Successful applicants typically have a Jr/Sr GPA greater than 3.3/4.0 and combined verbal and quantitative GRE Scores of 1150 (old system) / 308 (new system) or higher, with average quantitative metrics for our incoming classes exceeding these values. 

It is very helpful to us if you can be as specific as possible in declaring your future interest in a general research area for your thesis research. For guidance on what research areas are available at Penn State, please visit our Graduate Faculty page.

For assistance please contact graduate student services:

IGDP Program Contacts

    • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Materials Science and Engineering
    N-209 Millennium Science Complex
    (814) 863-0744