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Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) San Marcos, TX, United States
The College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University offers a cutting-edge interdisciplinary Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Ph.D. program.
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Students work with faculty in Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Physics on the research, development, and validation of materials to be used in the next generation of electronics, medicines, plastics, sensors, infrastructure, and renewable energy. Coupling commercialization with science and engineering, the curriculum infuses an understanding of intellectual property law, skills in business planning, competency in transforming innovations from the lab to commercial production, and the ability to organize and lead interdisciplinary research teams. Our goal is to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers who will perform interdisciplinary research and will emerge as effective entrepreneurial leaders in the advancement of high tech 21st century global discovery and innovation.

Educational Goal

The central educational goal of the Ph.D. program in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization at Texas State University is to prepare doctoral students with

  • technical skills necessary to conduct high quality research,
  • an orientation toward interdisciplinary research,
  • a set of business tools and knowledge of business practice, and
  • technical project and business management skills.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Commercialization Forum (Taken 4 times)
  • MSEC Seminar (Taken 4 times)
  • Practical Skills in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership Skills in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
  • Fundamental Materials Science and Engineering
  • Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Concepts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • completed online application
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee or
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in biology, chemistry, engineering, materials science, physics, technology, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited university*
  • official transcripts from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) 
  • GRE not required unless student's master's degree was earned from an institution outside the U.S.*
  • interviews (conducted via phone, internet, or face-to-face) with core doctoral faculty 
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose 
  • three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

Living costs for San Marcos

  • 921 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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