The Materials Engineering Graduate Program is structured for students interested in cutting-edge materials and materials-processing challenges. In today's advanced aerospace, energy and environmental systems, materials limitations present obstacles for practical implementation. Join materials engineering at the University of Dayton and be a part of the solution.

What to Expect at UD

  • A close working relationship with the program director and the program chairperson.
  • Study with materials experts respected by scholars worldwide with hands-on experience.
  • Research facilities acknowledged as among the best-of-the-best.
  • A degree that will make you more competitive with more practical knowledge.
  • Access to 37 different classes offered on a 2-year cycle.
  • Part- or full-time options.
  • Courses available: lunchtime, evenings, summer.
  • Selected on-site graduate courses at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and General Electric Aircraft Engine (GEAE).  You must be a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder to be granted access to the Base. Classes at GE are for GE Employees only.
  • Materials engineering programs: master's (M.S.), doctor of engineering (D.E.) or doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.).
  • Bachelor's Plus Master's available with other departments.

Our graduate students routinely receive financial support for conducting materials research with engineers at the University's Research Institute (UDRI) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at WPAFB. Many of these professionals serve as University research advisers and faculty.

Our flexible and student-centered program has a 40-year reputation of achievement. In fact, problem solving in structural materials, including metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and nano-materials, has earned our program a national reputation for excellence. We draw on the strength and the presence of materials engineering entities throughout the region: UDRI, AFRL-Materials Laboratory, AFRL-Propulsion Laboratory, the National Composite Center, AK Steel, GEAE, Edison Materials Technology Center (EMTEC) and more.

What is unique about our program?

We offer master and doctoral degrees based on state-of-the-art classes taught by professors with practical experience from two world-class laboratories. This opportunity provides our students with the chance to work in a "real-world" research lab and to network with a wide base of science and technology leaders for securing exciting future employment.

Admission Requirements

You should have an undergraduate degree from an accredited engineering program. If you have a science undergraduate degree, you may need to complete prerequisite courses. Applicants for M.S. should have a minimum 3.1 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Applicants for D.E./Ph.D. should have a minimum of 3.2/4.0.

You'll need to submit the following:

  • Online application.
  • Official academic record of previously attended colleges or universities submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the University of Dayton Graduate School office. Unofficial copies, hand-carried transcripts, and official copies marked "Issued to Student" are not acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  • A personal statement or résumé.
  • Results from the GRE are not required, but you are welcome to submit a score in support of your application.

No departmental financial assistance is available.

International Students

Additional requirements for international students are online. Click here to access International Graduate Admission. Research opportunities for international students may be limited because of citizenship restrictions.


Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Kettering Laboratories 524 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0256