Q1. What is the difference between M.S. and Ph.D. program options you offer?
We offer three different graduate degree options in the Materials Science Program, all of which require a research advisor.
- M.S. Thesis combines 45 credits of course work and research. Student will write a thesis document that will be published by the university.
- M.S. Project combines 45 credits of coursework and research. Student will write a project document that will not be published by the University. This option is used in cases where project sponsors restrict publication of data or when a student is working towards a Ph.D. and would like to obtain an M.S. in addition.
- Ph.D. combines 108 credits of coursework and research. Students are required to produce original research that expands the boundaries of knowledge in their field and will write a dissertation that will be published by the University.
The coursework expectations for each degree can be found here: https://engineering.oregonstate.edu/materials-science/degree-requirements
Q2. Are there any funded positions available for incoming students?
All students, regardless of domestic/international status, are eligible to be awarded a graduate research assistantship (GRA) and/or graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) position, however it is very competitive. These positions cover your tuition, benefits and salary. These funds are allocated by individual faculty members so it important to identify prospective advisors prior to applying.
Scholarships and tuition waivers are rare and only used in special circumstances (i.e., in combinations with external fellowships).
Q3. Are GRE test scores required?
The GRE is not required for domestic students but is required for international students. However, the GRE requirement has been waived for Fall 2022 admissions for all students due to complications related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you have taken the GRE, please submit your scores in your application. It is helpful to the review committee.
Q4. Do you accept applications for the Winter or Spring term or only for Fall admissions?
It is recommended that you apply during the fall admission cycle because this is when most faculty are recruiting and considering students. If you need to start later than fall you can ask for a deferment to a later term after you are admitted. Apply by December 31 for full consideration. No applications will be accepted after April 30 for the upcoming academic year.
Q5. Is it possible to waive the application fee?
In cases of extreme need, an individual faculty member can request a waiver of the application fee if they plan to advise the student who is applying.
Q6. Do International Students have a disadvantage when it comes to applying directly to the PhD program or funding?
We do not discriminate between domestic and international students in terms of admission or funding. However, it is a highly competitive process. No student will be admitted without an advisor willing to mentor them (regardless of funding). It is important to research the core Material Science faculty and identify potential advisors in your application.
Q7. How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?
There is no separate application process for graduate assistantships, you will automatically be given full consideration for graduate assistantships. For almost all graduate assistantships, including both teaching and research assistantships, the selection process is determined by individual faculty members. Therefore, the best approach is to directly contact faculty members with research activities that aligns with your interests and research skills and experience.