The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Advanced Materials Engineering (MatE) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program offered by the College of Engineering. The M.S. in MatE degree program is directed by the Advanced Materials Engineering Graduate Program Committee and is currently administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The MS in MatE is designed to offer training opportunities for graduate students to gain the state-of-the-art technical knowledge and skill sets necessary for independent critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making to address multidisciplinary problems in materials engineering. The degree program also provides students with opportunities in taking multidisciplinary courses from the College of Engineering, College of Business and other colleges at UTSA to enhance students’ interdisciplinary research potentials as well as their technical leadership and entrepreneurship skills.

The interdisciplinary graduate degree program of Master of Science (MS) in Advanced Materials Engineering (MatE) was established in fall 2012 at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).  Its academic program is managed by the Advanced Materials Engineering Graduate Program Committee comprised of faculty members affiliated to the program. The Program conducts periodic External Reviews (the first one was conducted successfully in 2016-2017) and adheres to the outcomes assessment procedures of graduate programs at UTSA in compliance with SACS accreditation.

Program Information and Degree Requirements

The degree program features state-of-the-art technical knowledge and interdisciplinary research training, which is accompanied by business skill training and transformative leadership on management of technology.

The program provides the necessary balance between the fundamental and technical aspects of the field.  All students will take core and concentration courses to achieve a common platform of understanding and knowledge covering topics in three interlinked areas: (a) Structure-function relationships in materials, which determine behavior at the macro-, micro-, nano-, molecular- and atomic-levels; (b) Synthesis, characterization and measurement of materials (ceramics, composites, metals, polymers, multifunctional and metamaterials) especially those with novel properties to address current and future technological challenges; and  (c) Design and applications of materials that address critical issues facing society including energy, sustainability and health care.

Each student will choose one of the concentrations according to materials classifications and applications tailored to his or her specialties:

  • Concentration I- Multifunctional Electronic, Dielectric, Photonic and Magnetic Materials
  • Concentration II- Multifunctional Biomedical Materials

Interwoven in the two concentrations will be concepts of computational modeling that develops new materials with novel properties and responses for targeted applications.

Both thesis and non-thesis options are available:

Thesis Option: 30 Semester Credit Hours

Non-Thesis Option: 33 Semester Credit Hours

For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog

Why MS-MatE?

Are you curious to know how things (sensors, actuators, robots, etc.) work?  Have you been contemplating yourself play with electrons, photons and phonons?  Do you want to explore the fundamental links between sciences and engineering?  Do you wish to be a leader who changed an industry?

We invite you to discover your place and explore your potential in MS MatE at UTSA.

The Interdisciplinary MS in MatE is the only graduate program currently on UTSA campus that offers students a rigorous materials engineering curricular with in depth knowledge in electronic materials or biomedical materials, as well as on business perspective of transforming advanced technology in business practices.

  • Interdisciplinary curriculum (taking courses from Materials Engineering, Management of Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bio-Engineering, and other science and engineering disciplines  across departmental boundaries).
  • State-of-the-art technical knowledge and skill training
  • Materials Research Graduate Fellowship and Intership opportunities
  • Pathways to Doctoral Programs and leadership job opportunities in Materials Science and Engineering

Our graduates appreciated their experience working with highly respected graduate faculty, conducting research in collaborating teams, and the supportive environment provided by the MatE faculty and staff.

Career Options Available for a M.S. in Advanced Materials Engineering Graduate:

Graduates from our MS-MatE program will have the knowledge and skills needed to design, fabrication, and evaluation of advanced materials. They may take on R&D or supervisory roles in many companies especially those in manufacturing, energy, communications, transportation, healthcare, defense, and of environmental emphasis. The graduates will be well qualified to apply PhD programs in EE, BME, or Materials Science and Engineering at UTSA or elsewhere.

Recent alumni of MatE have been hired by USPTO, INTEL, Applied Materials, Union Pacific, L3 Technologies, Boral, FBD, etc., and several graduates have entered doctoral programs at UTSA or elsewhere after graduation.


Program Faculty

MatE program faculty consists of UTSA graduate faculty who offers MatE core/concentration courses or serves on MatE Program/Supervising Committees during the current or previous catalog period. Each MatE program faculty is actively engaged in interdisciplinary research/education and brings to this program extensive and a wide range of expertise.  The list of Program Faculty grows as the needs of the students.

List of MatE Faculty

  • Ethan C. Ahn (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering), B.S., M.S., KAIST, Korea; Ph.D. Stanford University
  • Mark R. Appleford (Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering), B.S., M.S., California Polytechnic State University; Ph.D., University of Tennessee Health Science Center/University of Memphis
  • Amar S. Bhalla (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering), B.S., M.S., Rajasthan University, India; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Chonglin Chen (*Departmennt of Physics and Astronomy, College of Sciences), B.S. in Physics; Huachiao University; B.S. in Physics; Huachiao University;M.S. in Physics; Pennsylvania State University;M.S. in Physics; Pennsylvania State University
  • Kevin Grant (Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security, College of Business), B.S., United States Air Force Academy; M.S., Air Force Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Texas A&M University,
  • Teja Guda (Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering) B.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India; Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio / University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
  • Ruyan Guo (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering), B.S., M.S., Xi’an Jiaotong University, China; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Jerome A. Helffrich (#Applied Physics Division, Southwest Research Institute - SwRI), B.S. University of Illinois, M.S. Ph.D., University of California San Diego
  • Joo L. Ong(Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering), B.S., University of Iowa; M.S., Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Arturo Ponce Pedraza (Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Sciences), B.S., M.S., University of Puebla, Mexico; Ph.D., University of Cadiz, Spain
  • Jose Lopez-Ribot (Department of Biology, College of Sciences) B.S., Pharm.D., Ph.D., University of Valencia, Spain
  • W. Austin Spivey (Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security, College of Business), B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; M.S., Texas Christian University; Ph.D., University of Houston
  • Liang Tang (Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering), B.S., Jiangsu Polytechnic University, China; Ph.D., University of Louisville

*Primary appointment at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
#Primary appointment at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

Start Dates

Fall Semester - August 2019
Spring Semester - January 2020


1.5 - 2.5 years
Part-Time or Full-Time


Sept. 15
Apr. 1

Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

  • Admission pre-requisites: A bachelor’s degree in any discipline of engineering or sciences especially from materials science, physics or chemistry. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate studies.
  • Graduate Studies Application: Yes
  • Department Application: No
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • Test Scores: General GRE required
  • Resume or CV: Required
  • Letters of Recommendation: 1 to 2 letter(s) of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose: A statement of research experience, interests and goals.
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
  • Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

(Current and former UTSA students may qualify for VIP Admission)

Application Deadline Dates:

Domestic and International Students Currently at US Institutions

Fall- August 1
Spring- December 1
Summer- April 15

International Students Outside the US

Fall- April 1
Spring- September 15
Summer semesters- February 15


Contact information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Dr. Ruyan Guo
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-7057 or (210) 458-6483

Degree Website:

Degree Catalog Link: 

Fellowship and Funding Opportunities:

Course Scheduling and Offerings:

  • This program is housed primarily on UTSA’s Main campus
  • Majority of Engineering courses are offered during the day before 7:00PM

Research taking place in the M.S. in Advanced Materials Engineering program:

Research in multifunctional materials and biomaterials are multidisciplinary and translational, with wide range of applications. Examples of current research areas of focus are

  • Multifunctional and Multiferroic Sensors and Tunable Sensors;
  • Piezoelectric and Ferroelectric Actuators and Energy harvesting schemes;
  • Oxides-Based Microwave and Optoelectronic Materials and Devices;
  • MetaMaterials (Engineered Composites) Simulation, Fabrication, and Characterization;
  • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies;
  • Resonance Enhanced Processes for Energy Transduction and Efficiency;
  • Tissue engineering and drug deliveries for bone and cardiovascular applications;
  • Bone mechanics and cardiovascular mechanics;
  • Dental materials;
  • Biosensors;
  • Cellular engineering
  • Tissue-implant interfaces
  • 3D Bioplotter of organic tissues and organs, and
  • Hybrid 3D printing of nano-micro-electronic devices
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