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Master of Science in Material Science and Engineering


Program Overview

The Master of Science (MS) program in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is an interdisciplinary graduate program that brings together more than twenty UNF faculty from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering who all have research interests related to materials. The program is jointly administered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction. Each graduate student in the program will complete a core curriculum and conduct significant original research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, culminating in the completion and defense of a master’s thesis. The program is designed to prepare students for technical employment or for a doctoral program.

Special Notes about the Program

Admitted students will normally have completed a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences or engineering prior to beginning the MS program. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees in other areas may be admitted based on an evaluation of their academic background by the Admissions Committee.


Application Information

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Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . March 1 for consideration for graduate assistantships, April 15 otherwise

Admits for fall term only.

The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study. 
  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Program requirements:

  • Letter of intent
    • Should be one to two pages in length and discuss the applicant's academic background, research interests, and academic and professional goals. The letter of intent should also identify the planned research advisor; prior to applying, students are expected to have made arrangements with a member of the program faculty who has agreed to serve as their research advisor if admitted.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Must be from faculty members or professional references who are familiar with the applicant's academic and/or research potential


Average Length
of the Program

2 years
Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Daniel Santavicca

Associate Professor

(904) 620-5209

Building 50 , Room 2404