Mission Statement


With its educational emphasis on science and engineering problem-solving skills, ethics, communication, teamwork, and life-long learning strategies for solving broad multidisciplinary problems, the program provides internationally recognized leadership in education, research, and service in the field of materials science and engineering.


  • To provide excellent, diverse students with the knowledge and engineering skills in a quality learning environment that will enable them to become flexible, effective, life-long learners and leaders in materials-related industries, government agencies, and academia.
  • To have a leading undergraduate program in materials science and engineering, one that integrates a strong scientific base with engineering experience.


The undergraduate program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan will graduate students who:

  • contribute substantively to science, technology, the environment, and society.
  • possess an understanding of the structure, properties, performance and processing of materials.
  • adapt to the rapidly changing scientific and technological landscape and drive the development of future technologies.
  • communicate effectively with their colleagues and the general public.


All Materials Science and Engineering graduates should have :

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering within their chosen field.
  • an ability to formulate engineering problems and develop practical solutions.
  • an initial ability to design products and processes applicable to their chosen field.
  • an ability to design, conduct, analyze and interpret the results of engineering experiments.
  • an ability to work effectively in diverse teams and provide leadership to teams and organizations.
  • an ability for effective oral, graphic and written communication.
  • a broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering decisions in a global/society/ economic/environmental context. 
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • a broad education necessary to contribute effectively beyond their professional careers.
  • a sense of responsibility to make a contribution to society.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

In Fall 2016, 126 students enrolled in the program. In AY15-16, 54 degrees were awarded. For other terms, the University Registrar publishes the number of students enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.