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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 industries as diverse as energy, medicine, semiconductors, retail/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

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; Global Foundries; Intel Corporation; Samsung Austin Semiconductor; TOYOTA;  Xerox Corporation; United Launch Alliance; TSMC; Soanne Labs; Sionic Energy; NovolBio; Northrop Grumman; NexGen Power Systems; Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Javlyn Process Systems, LLC; JADAK LLC; Evidera; Cree | Wolfspeed; Boston Scientific; BAE Systems, Inc.; ASML; Arxada (formerly Lonza); ALSTOM; Air Force Office of Special Investigation


Outcome Rates for Materials Science and Engineering MS

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 83.33%
Full-time Graduate Study 16.67%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 83.33%
Full-time Graduate Study 16.67%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships

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.

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete relevant, hands-on career experience. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

Co-ops and internships are encouraged for graduate students in the materials science degree.

National Labs Career Events and Recruiting

The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education offers National Labs and federally-funded Research Centers from all research areas and sponsoring agencies a variety of options to connect with and recruit students. Students connect with employer partners to gather information on their laboratories and explore co-op, internship, research, and full-time opportunities.  These national labs focus on scientific discovery, clean energy development, national security, technology advancements, and more. Recruiting events include our university-wide Fall Career Fair, on-campus and virtual interviews, information sessions, 1:1 networking with lab representatives, and a National Labs Resume Book available to all labs.