Materials Science and Engineering

Students in the Swagelok lab
Doctor of Philosophy

About the Program

Develop innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, one of the top research universities in the U.S. With your coursework and research, you’ll be well-poised to become a lead researcher in the materials science and engineering field after graduation.

What to Expect

Because you’ll be a part of a small cohort, you’ll form strong connections not only with your peers, but with faculty as well. In the classroom, you’ll cover a variety of topics such as the structure of materials and thermodynamics of solids, as well as phase transformations, kinetics and microstructure. And you’ll attend a weekly colloquia series with industry leaders. 

You’ll put your knowledge to action with research opportunities alongside your PhD advisor on the subject of your choice, such as additive manufacturing, failure analysis or materials data science—to name a few.

I have had the opportunity to meet wonderful students and supportive faculty members at CWRU. A smaller classroom size makes it easy to ask questions during lectures, the research groups are really making great strides in contributing to science, and of course, [I love] the weekly happy hours! It's the drive to succeed with a positive outlook that makes the CWRU School of Engineering one of the nation's best.

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Beyond the Classroom

Case Western Reserve University is an innovation hub—with more than 80 research facilities available to students like you. See atomic structures in the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials. Enable primary and secondary processing options for both structural and functional materials at the Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center. Or bring your ideas to life by building prototypes at Sears think[box]. In addition to developing your own research topics, you’ll have the chance to participate in projects funded by institutions such as NASA, the U.S. Army and the Department of Energy. 

When you’re not studying or researching, take part in one of our student groups—the Electro-ceramics Group, for example. Or network with our 20,000+ alumni who often host local gatherings.

By the Numbers


graduate engineering school, U.S. News & World Report


commercialization of research, Brookings Institution


in the world for contributions to innovation, Nature Index Innovation


faculty-to-student ratio


Case School of Engineering alumni 

Admissions Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Test scores for GRE (optional)
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE

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