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Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization

College of Science and Engineering

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Degree Coursework Dissertation Total Hours
Ph.D. 37 hours 18 hours 55 hours
Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester - Priority † February 1 February 1
Fall Semester - Standard ∞ June 15 June 1
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer No Admission No Admission
Summer Midterm No Admission No Admission

Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate Catalog.

∞This program has a firm deadline. If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, applicants may no longer apply for the program for that term. Applicants with incomplete files after the deadline will be denied admission. In order to apply for admission consideration for future terms, applicants must submit a new application, fee, and updated support documents.

Financial Support
In order to be considered for scholarship and fellowship funding opportunities, applications must be completed for review before the Priority Application Deadline. Please note that the application for this program will be available on ApplyTexas through the Standard Application Deadline date.

Assistantship Information
Students who are applying for Doctoral Teaching Assistantships should submit all of their application materials by March 1.


Ph.D. Program Director
Dr. Jennifer Irvin mailto
ji12@txstate.edu
512-245-7875
CENT 346

 information  Please visit http://www.msec.txstate.edu/ for more information regarding this program.

Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State.

The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process.  Applicants who prefer may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State.  The mailing address is listed below.

Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application.  Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.

An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.

Transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Applicants who are Texas State University degree recipients or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript.  The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each college or university from which credit was received.  For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to gradcollege@txstate.edu. If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

Applicants must possess a Baccalaureate Degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Technology, or a closely related field.  The Master’s Degree must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Leveling coursework may be required prior to admission into the doctoral program for applicants lacking sufficient background coursework.  Any required leveling coursework must be completed with grades of B or better prior to admission.

Applicants may transfer a maximum of six semester hours of doctoral-level credit earned at another accredited institution if it bears a letter grade of B or higher pending approval by the Dean of The Graduate College.

Applicants who have not yet graduated should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades.  The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Spring or Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed.  For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2016 and expect to graduate in May 2016 should send transcripts with the Fall 2015 grades.  If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

For applicants who have not received a master’s degree from a U.S. institution, the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Ph.D. program requires an official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be submitted prior to admission consideration with a preferred score of 304 (verbal and quantitative combined).  If you took the GRE within the last five years and prior to the new examination, the following preferred score will be considered - 1150 or better (verbal and quantitative combined).  The GRE score is valid for five years after the exam date.  GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to our Graduate College.  The college code for Texas State is 006667.  The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at www.ets.org/gre. Texas State applicants are required to take only the General Test.

English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

English proficiency exam scores through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to apply if English is not the applicant’s native language or if the applicant is not eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver. English proficiency exam scores are valid for two years after the exam date. Fluency in English is expected of all accepted students, specifically in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  In order to be eligible for admission into this program, applicants must submit scores of at least:

  • TOEFL iBT – 78 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 overall with minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Note: This program does not allow English--based conditional admission ("Bridge") based on TOEFL/IELTS scores. Applicants must submit the required scores for regular admission listed above.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Statement of purpose outlining applicant’s personal history and life goals that are relevant to obtaining a doctoral degree, and in particular, why they want to pursue the commercialization aspect of the MSEC program.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant’s skill and potential to be successful in the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Ph.D. program
  • Current curriculum vita or resume
  • Telephone or on-site interviews with Core doctoral faculty (interviews may be conducted via phone, internet, or face-to-face)

Applicants will electronically submit the documents to The Graduate College at https://tim.txstate.edu/gadocumentupload/. Please only submit what is required by the program. Any additional documents mailed or e-mailed to our office will not be attached to applications.


If you are an international applicant or have international components to your application, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.