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Materials Science & Engineering

What is it?

Materials Science & Engineering (MS&E) is a vast, interdisciplinary, 21st century renaissance field based around the creation of materials that will change and define how we go about our everyday tasks. Those who study MS&E research the properties of polymers, glasses, ceramics and metals in bulk (chunks), thin film and fiber forms. Graduates of Clemson’s MSE program will find themselves on the forefront of almost every industry. Designed for students who wonder how and why materials behave the way they do, the program is a perfect fit for those who want to discover the next revolutionary substance.

What will I study?

There are two concentrations in Clemson’s MS&E program.

Inorganic Materials
focuses on designing, developing and participating in the manufacture of both standard and new materials intended for use in industries with diverse applications, including:

  • Bricks, tile, glass and steel for construction
  • Optical fibers for communication lines
  • Lasers for military maneuvers
  • Electric capacitors, glass and insulating substrates for radios, stereos, TVs, microcomputers and cellular phones
  • Insulators and cables for electric power lines
  • Dental materials, bio-implants and prosthetic devices
  • Insulating materials for spacecraft

Polymeric Materials is one of the most respected programs of its kind in the nation. Students learn skills for a wide range of applications, including:

  • Organic electronics
  • Fibers with special functions (i.e., chemical sensing, environmental monitoring)
  • Color measurement
  • Composite materials
  • Plastics

Where is my future in MS&E?

Recent graduates have found jobs at Milliken, DuPont, Bosch, BASF, 3M, Kimberly Clark, Cognis, Shakespeare, PARA-CHEM, Southern, Velcro, Lockheed Martin, GE and U.S. military research laboratories.

Many of our students go on to pursue graduate degrees at Georgia Tech, Harvard, Virginia Tech, University of Florida, Ohio State and numerous other universities

Where can I find more information about Materials Science & Engineering?


The Numbers

140 Undergraduates

36% Women
17% Minority
63% In-State

12 Masters Students

46 Doctoral Students

26 Full Time Faculty