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Salary and Career Info

Materials Science and Engineering MS

The materials science master's degree combines science, engineering, and sustainability to contribute solutions to challenges facing fields as diverse as energy, medicine, clothing, and sporting equipment.

Program skills

The program has an emphasis on experimental techniques, with one required experimental course as part of the core. Additional experimental courses are available for students who wish to pursue course work in this area. These courses are organized into appropriate units covering many aspects of the analysis of materials. This aspect of the program enhances students' confidence when dealing with materials-related problems.

Program job titles reported

Application Engineer; Process Engineer; Chemical Engineer; Automation Engineer; Product Development Specialist; Material Scientist; Optimized Operations Engineer; Process Engineer; Research Associate; Validation Engineer

Select program hiring partners

3M, Cerion Advanced Materials, Corelle Brands (Formerly World Kitchen, LLC), Eastman Kodak Company, Global Foundries, Intel Corporation, Lumisyn, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, TOYOTA, UTC Climate, Control & Security


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 93.80%
Full-time Graduate Study 6.30%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 93.80%
Full-time Graduate Study 6.30%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What makes an RIT science and math education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete science and math co-ops and gain real-world experience that sets you apart. Co-ops in the College of Science include cooperative education and internship experiences in industry and health care settings, as well as research in an academic, industry, or national lab. These are not only possible at RIT, but are passionately encouraged.

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the materials science and engineering masters degree program.

National Labs Career Fair

Hosted by RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, the National Labs Career Fair is an annual event that brings representatives to campus from the United States’ federally funded research and development labs. These national labs focus on scientific discovery, clean energy development, national security, technology advancements, and more. Students are invited to attend the career fair to network with lab professionals, learn about opportunities, and interview for co-ops, internships, research positions, and full-time employment.