Applied Master's Program in MSE

About Admission to the AMP

The Applied Master's Program is a professional degree program designed for students seeking to earn their Master of Science (M.S.) and to expand their research and career goals in Materials Science & Engineering. This is a flexible program, designed to be completed in one to two years. Instead of a thesis requirement, most students complete a final paper and presentation based on their research or project work while in the program.

This program does not offer research or teaching assistantships.

The deadline for application to the AMP is March 15, 2017. Please check with the department if you plan to apply after this date, since late applications are often accepted.

Career Development

The Applied Masters Program (AMP) prepares students for careers in a variety of fields including aerospace, consulting, biomedicine and energy. Based on its geographical location and faculty expertise, the department has relationships with some of the top engineering companies such as Boeing, PNNL, Intel, Micron and Hitachi Consulting. Graduates of the program may pursue careers in research and development, serve as consultants, engage in entrepreneurial activities or strengthen their application for doctoral studies. A broad selection of courses and faculty mentors enables the student to tailor their academic program and to establish their own desired expertise.

Find out what some MSE Applied Master's Program alumni are doing in these student stories.

Program Structure & Flexibility

The timeline for completing the program is flexible and designed to accommodate the student’s needs. The required 36 credits can be completed in as short as 9 months or over a 2-year period. In place of a traditional thesis, each student works with their faculty adviser to complete a final project or find an internship opportunity. This project/internship is designed to carry out an analysis and recommend solutions to an existing problem based on the individual's newly developed skills in Materials Science and Engineering.

Faculty Advising and Expertise

Each student selects a faculty adviser who best fits their interests and who will serve as both an academic and career development adviser.

Our extraordinary group of award-winning faculty is developing the next generation materials and making an impact across multiple disciplines. Areas of research strength include:

  • Biomimetics
  • Biomaterials & Bionanotechnology
  • Ceramic Processing & Properties
  • Composite Materials
  • Electronic, Optical & Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Characterization/Metrology with electrons, photons & scanning probes
  • Materials Chemistry, Modeling & Physics
  • Metals & Alloys
  • Polymers
  • Thin Films and Lithography

Internship or Industrial Option

Students have the option to complete an internship in lieu of the final project requirement. Internship opportunities are made available to students to apply to through the Career Center @ Engineering and various career fairs. AMP graduates have engaged in internships with the Boeing Company, Cymer and PNNL. Internships provide students with hands-on work experience and simultaneously provide these companies with the opportunity to recruit, evaluate, and train potential employees.

The flexibility in course schedule and final project component is an attractive feature for those currently employed and/or those enrolled in a professional training program with a period of engagement in the Northwest. With proper design and mutual employer-faculty guidance, industrial projects can fulfill the final project requirements.