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Materials Science & Engineering at Boise State | GradSchoolShopper

Boise State’s Growing Grad Programs

in Materials Science & Engineering

It only opened its doors in 2002, but Boise State University’s Material Science and Engineering (MSE) program has already grown into a grad program to be reckoned with.

Chad Watson, Director, Academic & Technical Advancement, Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State University

Chad Watson, Director, Academic & Technical Advancement, Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State University.

GradSchoolShopper.com talked with the department’s Director of Academic and Technical Advancement, Chad Watson. Recently, he took the time to share details about the program and some hints for prospective students.

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The foundation of Boise State’s MSE program is the range of academic training credentials it offers, along with the breadth of its interdisciplinary research specialties. Degrees offered include Ph.D., Master of Science, and a special no-thesis Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) program aimed at industry professionals.

How fast is the program going? Consider the following: Boise State opened its MSE Ph.D. program in 2012. Now, at the close of 2013, it already has 24 doctoral students — and Watson expects this to double in the next three to five years.

Students at the Will Hughes lab, Materials Science and Engineering

Students at the Will Hughes lab, Materials Science and Engineering.

So what about you? Should you apply? Are you a good candidate? Is Boise a nice place to live? See what Watson had to say about these questions and more: read the full interview on GradSchoolShopper.com.

  • Degrees offered:M.Engr., M.S., Ph.D.
  • Research areas: Materials for energy applications, materials for extreme environments, nanomaterials synthesis and development, advanced functional nanomaterials, electronic memory materials, semiconductor processes and materials, ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, computational materials, nanobioscience, photonics
  • Affiliations: Center for Advanced Energy Students (CAES), Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Boise State University Campus

Boise State University Campus.


Want to learn more about a career in Materials Science and Engineering? Explore Boise State University’s profile on GradSchoolShopper.com or use our search tool to find similar programs.

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