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The Graduate School

Materials Science and Engineering


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

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 Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . March 1 for consideration for graduate assistantships; otherwise April 15th to receive full consideration

Applications received after April 15th will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, space-permitting

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Daniel Santavicca
Associate Professor
(904) 620-5209
Building 50, Room 2404

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, 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.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • 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