Graduate Advising and Programs

Your Advisers

As an MSE graduate student, you have two advisers to help you enroll in the best courses suited for your academic and research pursuits.

MSE Academic Adviser

The academic adviser helps you navigate degree requirements, internship opportunities and career planning. All students are encouraged to talk to their academic adviser frequently, but there are certain times you are required to meet with the MSE academic adviser:

  • After you have your faculty adviser established, or need further assistance in finding one.
  • When you are ready to take your doctoral exams.
  • To ensure you have met graduation requirements in advance of the quarter you intend to graduate.
  • If you are on academic warning or probation
MSE Faculty Adviser

Your faculty adviser monitors your progress toward the degree, supervises your research, and helps you tailor the curriculum for your career goals. You are encouraged to meet with your faculty adviser to:

  • Discuss your research goals.
  • Choose electives and pursue co-op and internship options based on these discussions

It's your responsibility to find a faculty adviser, preferably before the end of the first quarter, and to inform the Graduate Program Adviser of this arrangement. Your adviser must be a regular, research, or adjunct faculty member of the MSE Department.

Your program of courses must be discussed with and approved by the faculty adviser.

To find a faculty adviser, you should meet with each faculty member in the department (or related engineering department) to discuss research interests.

Graduate Handbook

The MSE 2016-17 Graduate Handbook is your reference guide to graduating with an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Materials Science & Engineering. It includes information about the department’s policies and procedures, safety requirements, expectations for students, graduation requirements, and a list of tools for academic success and related academic programs.


MyGrad is where you will file your master’s request, Ph.D. and final exam requests, request leave time, submit a petition and complete additional administrative actions.


MyPlan is where you plan your academic program and monitor your academic progress. Login to MyPlan through MyUW, or directly

MSE Graduate Student Forms

Degree Exam Notice (for all students)

Ph.D. QE Written Application

Ph.D. QE Paper Template

Ph.D. QE Portfolio Cover Sheet

Ph.D. GE Guidelines and Paper Template

Ph.D. Dissertation Reading Committee Approval Form

AMP Advisor Selection Form

Master's Final Project Agreement Form

MSE Speaker Seminars for Grad Students


MSE 520 - Seminars for Grad Students

Graduate students are expected to attend the MSE department seminars on Monday afternoons during autumn and spring quarters. The weekly seminars address a broad range of interests, industries, and professions. See MSE 520: Seminar Series for the current quarter's scheduled speakers.

To receive credit for attendance, graduate students should register for MSE 520.

Many other departments and programs on campus also have regular seminars at which MSE students are welcome, especially Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Many are posted in the department; information is also available on the departments' websites.