The University of Alabama

The Tri-campus Materials Science program accepts applicants throughout the year.  Student with degrees in physics, chemistry, and materials-related engineering disciplines or interests are encouraged to apply. Students should apply to the program at the respective campus they would like to attend – UA, UAB, or UAH.  Most admission decisions are made January through March for the next fall academic term.  Faculty members who have external support for new students may expedite the admission date decision for identified, outstanding candidates.  The majority of the graduate students in the program are supported through external research grants or fellowships which includes tuition, health care and a stipend. Students accepted into the program, but declined funding and chose not to support the cost of their degree at the time of acceptance, are still eligible for admission up to one year. These students will be on the program’s list of eligible, admitted students for faculty to consider if external funding is awarded at some later date.  Applicants interested in graduate studies are encouraged to contact faculty advisors to determine compatibility and available funding opportunities.

Students applying to the Tricampus Materials Science PhD Program at UA are often unsure whether to apply to a specific department (such as Physics, Chemistry, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering) or to the Tricampus Materials Science PhD program.  It is not necessary to apply to both — applications to the Tricampus Materials Science PhD Program are shared with the applicant’s home department (if one is indicated in the application) so that the student will be considered for teaching and research assistantships in the home department while also being considered for admission and/or research assistantship in the Tricampus Materials Science PhD Program.

To apply, applicants should visit https://graduate.ua.edu/prospective-students/apply-now/ and complete the on-line form. You will need to provide a statement of purpose, official academic transcript, references and submission of an official GRE score. International applicants (non-native English speakers) will also be required to complete a provisional language exam (TOEFL or IELTS or PTE.)  Regular admission requirements are >3.0 GPA; >300 revised GRE (>1000 general GRE); and > 550 pBT or 79iBT TOEFL, >6.5 IELTS, >59 PTE. These scores do not necessarily grant admission to the department. Competitive Materials Science applicants have scores exceeding these minimums.

For more information, contact:

Carrie Martin
Tel: (205) 348-2516

Greg Thompson
Tel: (205) 348-1589

Alternatively, you may write to:

Materials Science PhD Program
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0209


The University of Alabama at Birmingham:

Apply online at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Graduate Admissions site.

The University of Alabama at Huntsville:

Email us or write to:

Materials Science Program
Huntsville AL 35899