PhD In Materials Science

Preparing you to a be a leader in Materials Science.



The Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science (PhD MTSC) is designed to prepare the student for research or faculty position in the materials field. The program is multidisciplinary and involves the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME), with MME as the administering department. The programs reflect the multidisciplinary nature by providing a thorough grounding in each of the basic disciplines of the field. Depth in specialized areas is achieved through the research interests of faculty in each of the participating departments. With an increasing number of technological fields becoming materials limited in various ways, the program seeks to prepare students to meet the challenges of property improvement and new materials development, with a broad-based curriculum that stresses fundamentals. 

JB Holston


As a serial entrepreneur in Colorado for the last two decades who started his career with the Boston Consulting Group, GE and NBC before launching Yahoo! In Europe in the 90s, I could not be more excited about the prospects for our School at the epicenter of these phenomenal trends in innovation and entrepreneurship – all of which are fueled by technology.

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Total Credit Hours

90 credit hours.

Program Structure

For the most up-to-date course descriptions & curriculum requirements please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.


We recommend PhD applicants contact faculty to find a research advisor BEFORE submitting the application.   If we receive an application and there is no research advisor commitment, we will consider the applicant for the master’s program only. To learn more about the faculty research being conducted, a list of our most recent grants and faculty contact information can be found on our active grants page. Following are the simple steps to apply for the master’s programs in Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies. View Admissions Requirements Admissions Test Scores: Requirements for the GRE are specific to the department and/or degree. MME: Verbal – 140; Quantitative – 154; Analytical – None ECE: Verbal – 145; Quantitative – 154; Analytical – 3.0 CS MS: Verbal – None; Quantitative – 152; Analytical – 2.0 CS PhD: Verbal – 146; Quantitative – 156; Analytical – 3.5 A TOEFL or IELTS score is required of all graduate student applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship status. TOEFL – 550 (80 internet-based) IELTS – 6.0

Graduate Assistantships

Receive financial assistance while you pursue a master’s or doctoral degree by applying for a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) or graduate research assistantship (GRA) position.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

  • GTAs are awarded by the Department.
  • GTA applications are sent out with acceptance letters.
  • Submit the GTA application as soon as possible to be considered for a GTA position in the following academic year.
  • Specific information about application requirements can be found on our Graduate main page under “Financial Support.”
  • International GTA applicants must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a minimum of 26 on the TOEFL (iBT) exam speaking section, an IELTS score of 8 on the speaking section, or a minimum of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The speaking section of the iBT has replaced the TSE exam in most countries.
  • International students should expect to be self-financed for at least their first year of attendance. GTA positions are not normally granted to first-year international graduate students. However, over 75% of our graduate students receive financial support.

Graduate Research Assistantships

  • GRAs are awarded by individual faculty based on their available funding.
  • To find out more about our individual faculty members and their research areas please visit the Ritchie School Active Grants list.
  • Contact the faculty member you are interested in working with, directly, either by phone or by email.
  • Students must show the faculty a competency in research and an interest in a particular research area in order to be considered for assistantships.
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