MatSE at Illinois is a global leader for material science and engineering education. Unrivaled in resources, we are committed to providing an elite education to every student at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

A standard of excellence

For almost two decades, MatSE at Illinois has consistently ranked among the top materials programs in the nation. In 2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked MatSE at Illinois' undergraduate program No. 2 and graduate program No. 6 in the nation.

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2019-20 MatSE graduate success

  • 61.2% enrolled in additional education
  • 30.6% work fulltime
  • 4.1% engaged in military service
  • 2% seeking additional education
  • 2% seeking employment

Average full-time salary

  • $77,272

Sample employers

  • 3M
  • Capital One
  • Caterpillar
  • Epic Systems
  • Keyence Corporation
  • Korea Polymer Testing & Research Institute
  • KPMG
  • Macron Technology
  • Natron Energy
  • Nielson
  • Panasonic Energy of North America
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • The Clorox Company

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Northwestern University
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Purdue University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Florida
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • University of Washington
  • University of Washington-Seattle

  • 78% of students reported having an internship or co-op during their degree program

MatSE by the numbers

6th undergraduate engineering program

2021 America's Best Colleges edition of U.S. News and World Report 

10th graduate engineering program

2021 America's Best Graduate Schools issue of U.S. News and World Report

#11 worldwide

2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences

600+ students

More than 600 undergraduate and graduate students represent our department