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Materials Science at Oregon State University

Graduate Admission to the Materials Science Program

Oregon State University offers outstanding opportunities for graduate studies in materials science. Applications for admission and financial assistance for Fall 2017 will be accepted beginning July 1st, 2016. For full consideration for graduate teaching and research assistantships, please submit your complete application by January 15th, 2017. Graduate teaching assistantships are typically only available for students applying for Fall admission. Oregon State Materials Science excels in collaborative research and preparing work-ready graduates. Corvallis is a great place to live, and the friendly and skilled people here help make OSU a truly enjoyable place to further your education. Have a look around, and use our site to organize your application. Please note that the Materials Science graduate program is administered out of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME).

Minimum Admission Requirements for Materials Science
To become a graduate student you must be admitted to Oregon State University through both the Office of Admissions and the Faculty of Materials Science. The faculty in Materials Science examine the material submitted to determine adequacy of academic background and to decide whether facilities are adequate for the expressed aims of the student. The Office of Admissions will determine whether the general university requirements for admission have been met. Applicants will be notified by the Office of Admissions as to the action taken. A critical consideration in the decision is whether the applicant's academic objectives can be satisfactorily fulfilled. Materials Science does not have the capacity to accommodate all applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements.
Prior Degree
 Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. International students must have completed the equivalent of a four-year American baccalaureate degree.
Grade Point Average (GPA) 
Materials Science requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale). The GPA is based on the last 90 graded quarter (60 semester) credit hours of the first baccalaureate degree plus all work completed thereafter.
All Materials Science applicants whose undergraduate degree is from a university outside the United States, must submit formal GRE general test scores. For all other applicants, submission of GRE general test scores is optional; however, applicants desiring full consideration for financial support (scholarships, fellowships, etc.) are encouraged to submit these test scores (for this purpose, you may scan and upload them electronically). Scores cannot be more than five (5) years old at the time when graduate studies start. The ETS school code for OSU is 4586.
Language Proficiency
 Please see the university requirements for language proficiency at this link. Note also that there are additional requirements for students that wish to be considered for Teaching Assistantships. The ETS school code for OSU is 4586. Students whose native language is not English must submit language test scores regardless of where their prior degrees were obtained.
Statement of Objectives
 Applicants must include a description of their objectives in pursuing the advanced degree. This should be a brief (maximum of one page when printed) summary of the applicant's career goals, research interests, and pertinent experience. This information is submitted as part of the electronic admission form (see below).
Recommendation Letters
 Three letters of professional reference are required from former professors or employers familiar with the applicant's technical ability. Particularly valuable are letters that assess the applicant's preparation and ability to complete a research project. Applicants with a master's degree should include their major professor as one reference. Letters must be submitted electronically (see item #1 below). Please note that paper letters will no longer be accepted.

Applying for Admission

1. Materials that must be submitted electronically
Application for Graduate Admission: online application form
Statement of Objectives: (part of online application)
Fee: The application fee is $85 for graduate degree programs. Your application fee is valid for one term change within the academic year. Requesting more than one subsequent term change or a change to a different academic year will require submission of a new OSU application and application fee. However, a new MIME application and new recommendation letters are not necessary.
Research Interest Areas: To aid in the review of your application, please identify a research interest area within materials science. This information is included as part of the online application.
Recommendation Letters: You must provide the names and email addresses of three professional references as part of the online application. The references will be sent instructions on how to submit their electronic letters.
GRE (if needed): You must self-report your scores as part of the online application. International applicants must also request that ETS send your scores to OSU. Scores must be no older than 5 years at the time when your graduate studies start.
TOEFL (if needed): You must self-report your scores as part of the online application. You must also request that TOEFL send your scores to OSU. Scores must be no older than 2 years at the time when your graduate studies start.
IELTS (if needed): You must report scores as part of the online application. You must also request the testing center to send us your score. Scores must be no older than 2 years at the time when your graduate studies start.

Once you have completed and submitted the application, you can return to the site to verify that your application materials are complete.

Please note: After you submit your OSU graduate school application, you will get an email within 2 business days that will give you the information needed to access the "letter of reference" interface. Please access this system promptly to manage and review the "letter of recommendation" process.

2. Materials that must be submitted electronically UPON ADMISSION
Certification of Finances (International Students only): Certification of Finances.
Transcripts: One official transcript from all previous academic work, undergraduate and graduate (grade slips and web printable transcripts or reports will not be accepted). Official transcripts must be issued directly by the school and arrive in our office in an unopened envelope. International students should note the additional instructions located at the Graduate School website (http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/graduate/reqdocuments.html#Step1) Note: Current and former Oregon State University students are not required to provide OSU transcripts.

Need additional information? Contact: jean.robinson@oregonstate.edu.