Departmental Fast Facts

11th + 8th

Academic Rank

US News & World Report 2018 ranks Penn Engineering’s MSE department at 11th place for its graduate program. Our program consistently ranks within the top fifteen programs in the nation, with the University of Pennsylvania ranking 8th place for top national universities.

16 + 8

16 Primary Faculty and 8 Secondary Faculty

Our renowned faculty offers a flexible curriculum and world-class research environment on the cutting-edge of new knowledge in basic science, technology, and translational research.

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$8.6 Million

FY 2018 Research Expenditures

Our research stretches across many disciplines of materials engineering and uses not only the resources of Penn Engineering but the University as a whole.

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Number of Undergraduates

The Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate program provides students with a comprehensive overview of materials science where the structure of matter is manipulated to produce valuable properties (mechanical, electrical, optical, etc.).

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Undergraduate Student-to-Faculty Ratio

The size of our faculty allows for working with students on a one-on-one basis. Students are not just a face in the crowd, and get to know their professors well by the time they graduate, allowing for better advising, learning and collaboration.


Number of Master’s Students

The master’s program in Materials Science and Engineering admits qualified students each fall from programs across the country and abroad. The master’s degree program provides rigorous and advanced training and is designed to prepare students for positions in industry, research and development, government or academia.

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Number of Ph.D. Students

The Penn Materials Science Ph.D. program provides students with advanced training in engineering, one on one faculty interaction across multiple disciplines to create a vibrant scholarly community.

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Affiliated Engineering Centers + Institutes

Centers and Institutes affiliated with MSE span across Penn to collaborations across different schools throughout the University.

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